A Report about Our Annual Meeting

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January 1, 2020

We started off 2020 with the big discussion and decision-making meeting of the year. The Board of All-Nations, together with the Advisory Council, several consultants, and the executive committee, gathered on Friday and Saturday of last week. We’re thankful for God’s direction during that time!

Reviewing and critiquing “The Film”

We spent the hours of Friday afternoon reviewing our upcoming apologetics film series, God’s Word: Enduring through the Ages. The amount of useful content in this 120-minute series is impressive. The project has come a long way already before this review, but we realized that some intense work still needs to be done to finish it.

A meditative evening

After sharing a meal together, we spent the evening reviewing new short videos about the mission and vision of All-Nations, hearing a presentation about the developing vision of community development, and praying for current teams and projects.

Passing the baton

For the first time in five years, Steve Clark was not chairing this annual meeting. Brother Steve served faithfully on the Board since the beginning of All-Nations in 2010. Though he is moving on and Harold Troyer is taking over as chairman, Steve’s heart is still in the work. We chose to honor him with the title of “board chairman emeritus.” Thank you, Brother Steve, and we’re glad you’re willing to stay connected with All-Nations!

Help needed!

We have realized the need to share responsibilities broader and provide relief for Joel, Aaron, and Bryant. We agreed to actively recruit an executive assistant who can fill a growing role in the organization over the next few years. Please pray for God’s provision!

A church-planting course?

We entrust the actual oversight of the church-planting process to the sending churches we partner with. But since church planting is central to our vision, how could we do better at keeping this church-planting vision central even during training? Much of training focuses on Bible translation and community development, but those are really a means to an end: communities of believers in every language group living out the Word of God!

We discussed indigenous church planting for quite a while, and then agreed to launch a project later this year to begin developing a course that could benefit sending church representatives. The course would incorporate resources we already use, as well as some experience that conservative Anabaptists have already had in this area. Our members would dig into the course material at a deeper level at Team Launch (formerly “Phase II Training”), just before they head to the field.

We appreciate your prayers for All-Nations as we face the year ahead. By God's grace we will be faithful.

  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10