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August 2007: Lausanne in Motion
In July 1974 2,300 leaders from 150 countries gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the International Congress on World Evangelization, better known as the Lausanne Congress. Billy Graham was its honorary chairman and numerous Evangelical leaders from around the world spoke in both plenary sessions and workshops to stimulate efforts to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. An immediate outcome of the ten-day congress was the Lausanne Covenant, a statement of Christian belief and lifestyle that became a touchstone for Evangelicals in the last quarter of the 20th century and now into the 21st. The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE) also emerged from that event and became a movement across the globe. In 1989 the Lausanne II Congress was held in the Philippines and numerous consultations were called to focus on specific topics. A third congress is now being planned for October 2010 in Capetown, South Africa.
In November 1974, World Wide Productions released the film summary of the Lausanne Congress, titled "Let the Earth Hear His Voice," also the theme for the Congress. This film, featured here as a RealMedia file, offers a look back at the earliest days of the Lausanne Movement.
The online guide to the records of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (CN 46) describes the extensive and diverse materials in the collection, including the footage featured here. You may also connect to the Lausanne Movement's Web site.