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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lausanne Consultation on Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation

Lausanne Consultation on Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation took place in March 2017 in
Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was a follow up consultation to the consultation on the prosperity gospel held previously. It was sponsored by the Lausanne Movement and BAM Global Think Tank since it is closely related to BAM.

There were a few months of pre-consultation during which participants worked together within their respective groups to come up with a draft paper on the topic each group was assigned to. I was assigned to two sub-groups: Wealth Creation and the Poor and Wealth Creation and Role of the Church. Both groups were active in discussing and contributing to the paper.

During the consultation of several days, all participants gathered, deliberated and made contributions on the presentations and the papers. On-line real time contributions were all productive and effective. Some groups were better prepared than others, but all came out feeling better than before. We all prayed for each group as the Holy Spirit burdened our hearts. I prayed for the Wealth Creation and Justice group.

I had to skip almost a day due to the time of waiting for a Thai government official who never showed up, in conjunction with my work permit in Thailand as a volunteer. But otherwise, I have been actively participating in the consultation.

In addition to the pre-consultation and during the consultation, there also is a post-consultation. Within 30, 45 and 60 day time frame, almost all participants will write additional cases and make contributions to the papers.

At the end, each group's paper will be published independently and all papers will be published as a book. I look forward to the final paper for each group as well as the book.

During the consultation, I met up with several people who were wonderful people of God whom I came to respect. There were approximately 30 people who participated in the consultation coming from 16 different nations. Wow! Among them were three Koreans/Korean Americans: Paul Mindong Lee, a Wheaton College professor and Pastor Dongho Song, IBA Executive Secretary. Our fellowship was joyous.

The consultation took place at Horizon Village and Resort that was standing on a beautiful complex of 150 acres filled with artistic plants, flowers and animals. On one evening, we had an excursion to the Night Bazaar in the old town on a Songthaew, a covered pick-up truck that is used for public transportation in Chiang Mai.

It was a blessing to be part of this consultation. - Jeffrey

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