The Francis Asbury Society

We Are Responsible

Posted on | January 31, 2018 | 2 Responses

By Lane Loman, FAS Speaker

In 2002, Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, and Dr. James O. Davis, an Assembly of God evangelist, met to discuss how they could establish a network connecting church leaders and pastors from all over the world to reach one billion people with the gospel by 2030. At that meeting, Dr. Bright asked Dr. Davis two questions.

First, he asked, “What is life’s greatest opportunity?”

Dr. Davis responded, “To know Jesus Christ!”

Dr. Bright then asked, “What is the greatest privilege you have in life?”

Dr. Davis responded, “Let me go home and pray about that.”

Dr. Bright said, “You don’t have to pray about it. The greatest privilege you have is to share Jesus with others.”

The Global Church Network was founded by Dr. Bright and Dr. Davis, and since 2002, has hosted the Synergy Conference every other year in Orlando, Florida. Synergize 2018, January 23–25, featured national and international church presenters focusing on the theme, “Game-changing Strategies for Victory.” Coach Lou Holtz was the keynote speaker on Wednesday.

speakersAs a volunteer participant at the conference, I had the privilege of transporting speakers from the airport to the conference venue. On Monday, the eve of the conference, I was asked to pick up Rev. Bishwa Dev Khadka from Nepal. He arrived at the Orlando Airport after 24 hours of travel starting in Kathmandu, Nepal. Wednesday morning, during the conference, Bishwa was interviewed by Dr. Davis. Only 1.5 million of the 33 million Nepalese people are Christian. In July of 2018, under Bishwa’s leadership, and with financial assistance of the Global Church Network and the Synergize 2018 attendees, an initiative will be launched to plant 21,000 churches in the 20,000 mountain villages in Nepal by 2028. I was moved by the presentation and response of those in attendance who committed themselves to pray and help underwrite the cost of reaching the people of the Himalayan Mountains. The immediate financial commitment made during the conference was over $50,000.

This conference was not just an opportunity to hear great speakers and enjoy wonderful fellowship. The foundational goal established by the late Dr. Bill Bright and Dr. James O. Davis was, and continues to be, the completion of the Great Commission. That theme was woven throughout the Synergize 2018 sessions. Along with the thought-provoking and emotion-packed sermons presented, I came away from this conference with a renewed sense of responsibility for the unsaved around the world and the need for strong, deep spirituality in the corporate body of Christ if the Great Commission mandate is to be accomplished.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19–20 NIV)

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2 Responses to “We Are Responsible”

  1. Millie Janes
    February 6th, 2018 @ 4:50 pm

    Just wanted to say hello to you. Fond memories of hearing you at Louisville Clay County Holiness Camp Meetings. I have a couple of CD’s of you and your wife singing. My precious husband, Ron is now in Heaven. Blessings to you and yours.
    Millie Janes

  2. Lane Loman
    February 7th, 2018 @ 8:56 am

    Millie,

    So good to read your comment. Saddened to read of Ron’s passing. I will be in Louisville at The United Methodist Church March 5-10. Would enjoy seeing you if you could come.

    Lane

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