October 17-20, 2011
The Lausanne Caribbean Group met twice in Guyana at CONECAR 2011. This was the tenth CONECAR which is the acronym for Conference of Evangelicals in the Caribbean and is the premier event hosted by the Commission on Evangelism and Mission of the EAC (Evangelical Association of the Caribbean). The EAC links 11 national evangelical alliances and a growing number of denominations and agencies working among more than 5-million evangelicals in the Caribbean Region. It is the Caribbean Regional grouping of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA).
Representing Lausanne at the Congress were Las Newman (IDD for the Caribbean), Judith Johnston, (Communications Manager for the Caribbean) and Evangelist Errol Rattray (Coordinator/Mobilizer of Evangelism & Discipleship Projects for Lausanne Caribbean).
IDD Las Newman was given the opportunity to address congress participants on the role of Lausanne in the Caribbean during the first morning plenary. He highlighted four main items: The Cape Town Commitment; World Pulse, Lausanne’s major communication link; Mission Caribbean, the real focus of the Caribbean work; and Lausanne’s Global Conversation, the resource tool that encourages and engages dialogue on key issues facing the church in the 21st century. Las also used the opportunity to speak briefly about the history of the Lausanne Movement, providing a context for those who were not familiar with Lausanne, and he shared as well a few highlights of Cape Town 2010. From the platform the invitation was extended to members who attended Lausanne and those who had an interest in the work to attend a more intimate meeting over lunch on the same day.