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For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
Zephaniah 3:17(NLT)

The Oceania region stretches from Perth, Western Australia to the Pitcairn Island. In addition to the Australian continent it includes New Zealand, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, and bridges both the equator and the International Date Line. The world begins and ends each day among our coast lands. It is my privilege to represent the Lausanne Movement to the region, and to represent the region to the Lausanne Movement.

Sisters and brothers in Christ in Oceania, I invite you to join the conversation—a dialogue that we hope will advance the kingdom of God in our region and beyond.

I first heard about the Lausanne Movement as a young Christian reading about mission. I was attracted by the expansive concern of the movement—the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world. In recent years, I have come to appreciate its value as a representative and trusted movement of the global church and for the global church. Today the Lausanne Movement seeks to bring leaders together out of a shared longing and commitment to see the good news for every person, an evangelistic church for every people, Christ-like leaders for every church, and kingdom impact in every sphere of society.

It’s said that the fruit of Lausanne grows best on someone else’s tree. I pray that in Oceania, the Lausanne Movement will serve as a catalyst for relationships and partnerships that cross boundaries—geographical, national, cultural, and denominational—and bear fruit for the sake of the gospel.

Since 1974, the Lausanne Movement has sought to connect influencers and ideas for global mission. It brings thoughtful reflection to bear on issues in Christian mission through gatherings, connections, and resources. What do you think are the pressing issues in mission for Oceania? In our region, who are the godly leaders whose voices should be heard?

Billy Graham said that the spirit of Lausanne is a spirit of humility, friendship, study, prayer, partnership, and hope. Will you join the conversation?

Julian Dunham
Regional Director – Oceania

Julian Dunham
Regional Director for Oceania

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