The Spanish and the European Church is not equipped to engage Islam on its own shores. This unpreparedness had allowed Islam to take a very deep root in Europe and if care is not taken by the evangelicals.
Europe will be consumed before the end of 2035 by Islam. Nominalism and undiscipled believers have left the European Church incredibly vulnerable. It is thus imperative that we educate ourselves and ignite the fire of world evangelization in Europe and other nations.
For this reason, the purpose of Madrid 2016 is to listen to the best experts from around the world and then begin the work of uniting together for concerted action. Hence the theme: Building Bridges.
The meeting is being organized by a coalition of national, regional and global mission networks connected with the Tokyo 2010 Global Mission Consultation, including the Asia Missions Association, Africa Missions Association, Latin America Mission Association, Worldlink Mission Association, and all the relevant groups across the world. The local host committee is the Spanish Church ignited by Miguel Diez of Remar worldwide vision in Madrid, Spain.
As an exciting milestone for global missions, Tokyo2010 became the first-ever global level meeting following the Edinburgh 1910 pattern that was planned, organized, led and funded primarily by the non-Western mission movement.
. This event will be a pointer to reaching Europe and to wake her from sleep before Islam engulf the continent and wipe out the gain of Edinburgh 1910.
MADRID 2016 Mission Bridges
The 1900 New York conference which was a representation of missions in all part of the inhabited world was the inspiration for suggesting a similar gathering on the other side of the Atlantic. Hence Edinburgh 1910. The unprecedented event that is the holding chain of the contemporary mission that happened in Edinburgh 1910 was the establishment of eight commissions by the gathering. These include:
- 1. Carrying the gospel to the none Christian world
- 2. The church in the mission field
- 3. Education in relation to the Christianization of national life
- 4. The missionary message in relation to none Christian religion
- 5. The preparation of missionaries
- 6. Home base of missions
- 7. Missions and governments
- 8. Cooperation and the promotion of unity
The World Missionary Conference of Edinburgh 1910 was an epoch-making event to which many different movements of mission and unity trace their roots. With 1,215 delegates, the Edinburgh 1910 conference produced 9 great milestones for future missions. These include
Carrying the Gospel to All the Non-Christian World
The Church in the Mission Field
Education in Relation to the Christianization of National Life
The Missionary Message in Relation to Non-Christian Religions
The Preparation of Missionaries
The Home Base of Missions
Missions and Governments
Cooperation and the Promotion of Unity
The History and Records of the Conference
Dr. Winter frequently spoke of his heart for a 2010 global consultation following the format of the Edinburgh 1910 meeting. This informed the Singapore meeting in 2003 and Amsterdam shortly before he passed on. He did not live to see the fulfillment of this vision, but the vision is going forward with Tokyo 2010 and the current global initiative to carry the gospel to the none Christians nations, lives and constituencies.
The purpose and special contribution of Tokyo 2010 was to reproduce four elements of Edinburgh 1910 which made that gathering historically significant to the global mission community. Those four elements were as follows:
- 1) Delegates came as representatives of all the major evangelical sending agencies and nations of the world
- 2) The specific focus was on the final frontiers of the Great Commissione
- 3) Concerted effort was made to identify and fill in the gaps of inter-mission collaboration
- 4) Participating agencies continued to cooperate following the meeting on the national, regional and global level to reach the remaining “unengaged” non-Christian peoples (today’s terminology for what were called the “unoccupied fields” in 1910).
In contrast with Edinburgh 1910, and in keeping with the new realities of global mission, it was early decided that Tokyo 2010 would be held in the non-Western world, and would be organized primarily by non-Western mission leaders, networks and agencies.
At the same time, the meeting was to be a global effort, meaning Western participation was welcome and encouraged, but would only represent a minority contribution. Altogether, over 1,000 delegates came from 73 countries, representing over 600 agencies with a combined 100,000 cross-cultural missionaries on the field. As an exciting milestone for global missions, Tokyo2010 became the first-ever global level meeting following the Edinburgh 1910 pattern that was planned, organized, led and funded primarily by the non-Western mission movement. In contrast, the Edinburgh 1910 meeting had just a handful of non-Western participants, none of which came as representatives of non-Western mission agencies, and none of which were part of the leadership team. Similarly, Edinburgh 1980 had just one non-Westerner on its executive team, although its delegation was made up of 1/3rd non-Western mission leaders—an achievement which was greatly celebrated. Interestingly, Tokyo 2010 reflected almost the reverse of the Edinburgh 1980 meeting, with around 74% of its delegation coming from the non-Western world, and a similar percentage making up its leadership team. These percentages closely resemble the proportions of missionary sending today in the early 21st century. The percentages of delegates coming from various countries and regions also closely reflected their proportional contribution to the global missionary force.
The journey to Ghana 2013 began in 2010 at the Tokyo 2010 Global Mission . Celebrating 100 years of progress since Edinburgh 1910, the theme of the consultation was "Making disciples of every people in our generation." Sensing that God was speaking to his global church to make the discipline of all peoples a priority for this generation, the African delegates to Tokyo 2010 decided to bring the spirit and vision of the consultation to the continent of Africa with the theme Discipline the Nations.. The international committee was composed of many of the organizers and partners of the Tokyo 2010 gathering, including the Third World Missions Association, the Global Network of Mission Structures, the Nigerian Evangelical Missions Association, the US Center for World Mission, MissioNexus, and the Asia Missions Association, among others. In September 25th to 28th, the Accra consultation was held. In order to move the mission force further, the African delegates unanimously inaugurated Africa Mission Associations to define the shift in mission endeavor in the coming years. This is the initiative aimed at creating a move that will make Africa a sending force after receiving missionaries from the western world for centuries.
The journey to Lima-Peru 2014 began in 2010 at the Tokyo 2010 Global Mission Celebrating 100 years of progress since Edinburgh 1910, the theme of the consultation was "Making disciples of every people in our generation." Sensing that God was speaking to his global church to make the discipling of all peoples a priority for this generation, the Latin American delegates to Tokyo 2010 decided to bring the spirit and vision of the consultation to their region after the African event held in Accra, Ghana in 2013. The touch of taking the conference across the Atlantic after it arrived Africa was symbolically given to the Latin America believers in Accra, Ghana. The international committee is composed of many of the organizers and partners of the Tokyo 2010 gathering, including the Third World Missions Association now Worldlink Missions Association, the Global Network of Mission Structures, the Nigerian Evangelical Missions Association, Ghana Evangelical Missions Association and the Asia Missions Association, among others. The theme of Lima-Peru 2014 would be "Latin America and the Islamic Religion: Great Challenges and Great Opportunities." Previous continental events to equip the Latin church in outreach to Muslims were held in 1996 and 2002, organized by the Third World Mission Association. Both of these events were timely and prophetic, and in many ways predicted what has now come about with regard to the missional and commercial connection between Latin America and the Middle East. Twelve years later, Latin American believers are now poised to make a significant impact on the Muslim world through the dramatic increase of these political and commercial ties between the two regions. Herein lay the great opportunity, but it also presents a challenge. In Peru, God spoke once again to extend the mission to Europe after Asia, Africa and Latin America. This will be a great opportunity to wake up the giant that moved the world over the centuries and carried the gospel of Christ to the known world but now sleepy.