The Lausanne Movement and Operation World Join Forces to Mobilize Prayer Globally
25 July 2017—The Lausanne Movement and Operation World announced today that they are entering into a unique partnership to mobilize prayer for the nations and world evangelization. The two organizations have been exploring partnership for a number of months. A few weeks ago, the pressing necessity for such a partnership was affirmed at a Lausanne gathering in Wittenberg, during which prayer and partnership emerged as top priorities for breakthrough in global mission.
‘The Wittenberg gathering dramatically underscored the strategic importance of this partnership, as perhaps our most practical and immediate response to prioritizing prayer for global missions,’ says Michael Oh, Global Executive Director and CEO of the Lausanne Movement. ‘No one in the world is mobilizing prayer for missions like Operation World. It’s a joy to take this step of partnering more closely together. We’re excited to see Operation World become an even more deliberate part of the Lausanne family.’
OW co-director Jason Mandryk also welcomes the partnership, saying, ‘We’re excited to partner with Lausanne as they press into a deeper engagement with global prayer, but also to extend Operation World’s own reach and relationships through Lausanne’s formidable network of influencers across the world. Above all, it is our desire to see this partnership demonstrate—in word and deed—that prayer really is a priority, and that together we can see the global body of Christ engaging in prayer for the nations on an entirely new level.’
As the two teams begin to work more closely together, one particular project in the works is the creation of a 52-week prayer guide. The prayer guide can be used in church bulletins, websites, and social media platforms to help Christians pray in an informed way for global mission year-round. In addition, Lausanne is already actively promoting the recently released Operation World mobile app throughout its global network. Other collaborative projects will follow, combining Operation World’s unique research-driven perspective with Lausanne’s own global voice and platform.