Delegates from 62 nations gathered last week in Cape Town, South Africa, for a Congress of Nations sponsored by Evangelism Explosion International (EEI).
Dr. John B. Sorensen, President of Evangelism Explosion International, said the Oct. 14-18 assembly of Evangelism Explosion leaders from every continent was “very important to the worldwide ministry of EE and, more importantly, to fulfilling Christ’s mandate to take the Gospel message to every tribe and every nation.”
“Each of these participating nations represents ministries that are having a profound impact on the world through training people to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” reported Dr. Sorensen. “That’s the ultimate goal – reaching every tribe, every nation and every people group with the good news of salvation through Christ alone!”
According to the ministry, nearly 7.9 million people worldwide professed faith in Jesus Christ through Evangelism Explosion in 2012, and the Congress gave delegates the opportunity to strategize on how to reach even more people with the Gospel. Nation delegates shared methodologies and approved a series of resolutions.
“By the 2016 Congress, our goal is to, again, double the number of multiplying nations; this time from 62 to more than 120 in a short three years! We’re on our way to meeting and possibly exceeding that goal,” said Dr. Sorensen.
The gathering in Cape Town came three years after delegates from 30 nations participated in the first Congress of Nations in 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. That inaugural Congress launched a new approach to the global work of EEI in which indigenous EE organizations partner to strategize and work together for the effective spread of the Gospel.
Founded in 1962 by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, EE was planted in every nation by 1996. It is now intentionally shifting governance of the evangelism equipping outreach away from the U.S.-based organization to a growing international covenanted network of free-standing EE partnerships.
EEI’s ultimate goal is for the EE movement in every country to achieve multiplying nation status.
Published: October 24, 2013