Rochelle and I missed out on so many special visits with staff friends and the many seminars at our US Staff Conference in Fort Collins, CO, where 5000 staff and partners gathered in July to learn, grow and connect with each other.
Through the recovery time, we did enjoy getting to see the major sessions online. Partnering and sharing with more of the body of Christ was an important theme. We were delighted to hear from spiritual leaders from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and experiences.
It was encouraging to hear news from Steve Douglass, Cru’s president (photo above right), of how God is moving us with the whole body of Christ to completion of the Great Commission!
- Globally our goal together is to see 5 million churches planted by 2020. Already 3 million have been planted through Cru & partners, the Jesus Film & partners, and through a major denomination’s outreach efforts.
- Because of the efforts of many Bible translation organizations, it is expected that there will be enough of the Bible translated in each of earth’s 7000 languages to evangelize and plant churches within them by the year 2033.
- 12 years ago, mission agencies identified 639 people groups with populations of at least 100,000 who had no access to the Gospel of Jesus. Now 633 of those have some mission work started among them and only 6 remain unengaged.
- In the last year Cru helped launch 1000 new campus movements in countries all over the world, mostly through the efforts of students.
And so much more! We are trusting God with you to see the fulfillment of the Great Commission in our generation!