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Houston Host Team:

Akinyemi Ayodele
Mission Cares

Tom Billings
Union Baptist Association

Rickie Bradshaw
Union Baptist Association

Barbara Byerly
Houston Prays

Steve Capper
Mission Houston

Brian Gowan
Houston Prays

Kathleen Hayes
Merrill Lynch

Scott Helma
Alpha Houston

Magda and Jose Hermida
Magda Hermida Ministries

Mike Hooper
Grace Community Church

Khanh Huynh
Vietnamese Baptist Church

Brenda Martin
Grace Fellowship UMC

Jay Quine
College of Biblical Studies

Steve Riggle
Grace Community Church

Randy Schroeder
Ronald Blue & Co.

Doug Stringer
Somebody Cares

Belinda Thacker
Somebody Cares

Tom Victor
Great Commission Coalition

Dave Welch
Houston Area Pastors Council

Jerry Wiles
Living Water International

In May 2005 over 550 leaders from 55 nations met in Jakarta, Indonesia, for a leadership forum called Transform World. The gathering climaxed as 100,000 believers filled the National Stadium for a four hour prayer meeting. This final event was connected simultaneously to 56 other sites with one million participants.

In less than three years the Transform World movement has spread to five continents with national gatherings in places like India, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Burundi, Africa, and across Latin America. Momentum continues to grow as new events are planned in nations around the globe.

In the United States leaders of ethnic communities met over a 4th of July holiday in Washington, D.C. Several expressed gratitude for the role the United States played in bringing the gospel to their nations. They felt indebted to the U.S. Their goal in D.C. was to revisit our spiritual heritage and explore their roles as catalysts in the process. They were passionate for the United States to rediscover and fulfill her spiritual destiny. Transform World has served each of these gatherings.

This movement was a result of the World Inquiry. In collaboration with Lausanne and the 2004 World Evangelization Issues Forum and co-sponsored by Fuller Theological Seminary, a three year research project visited 100 global cities and met with leaders from 600 cities. The World Inquiry was looking for expressions of the mission of God.

The World Inquiry discovered that servant catalysts were experiencing new and dynamic ways in which God was impacting their areas of influence. The report described these expressions as emerging streams of transformation. In several cases the results were so significant that a call was issued for a global forum. The response to this call was the first Transform World event in Jakarta, Indonesia, in May 2005.

Our international colleagues believe it is time to introduce this movement to leaders in the United States. Several have mobilized groups and prayer networks in their nations to pray toward this goal. In response to their encouragement and their prayers, plans are underway for Transform World Houston, April 21-24, 2009.

I. The Need

We believe God is on a mission of Transformation. In our gathering we seek to join God on His mission. We affirm the global nature of the transformation movement and want to take practical steps to work together as the Body of Christ toward the transformation of our churches and our world.

II. The Event

Transform World Houston will be hosted by a local Houston Host Committee. This group represents networks and leaders across the Greater Houston area. Several have participated in Transform World events in other nations. In addition, the National Steering Committee for Transform World USA and an International Facilitation Team are helping to shape the Houston event and identify participants.

Out of 350 expected attendees, approximately 65 international leaders involved with the Transform World movement will be our special guests. This group will share their stories from their vast experience. Other leaders attending will represent different cities in the United States and the local area. These leaders will all work together in specific interest groups of 20 to 25 per group.

Transform World Houston will be a working consultation. Many new relationships will be formed with the potential to advance Godís Kingdom around the globe. Several Transform World events have birthed ongoing initiatives in their areas, regions or nations.

III. The Program Dates and Content

Participants from outside the area will arrive by the afternoon of Tuesday, April 21. Transform World Houston will commence with a welcome dinner beginning at our venue site at 6:00 p.m. We will meet together in general sessions and in focus groups the following day. The event will conclude on the evening of April 24.

Transform World Houston will provide a unique opportunity for leaders from cities across the United States to interact with their international colleagues. Together we will build important relationships as we work to discover how we can partner with God and His movement of transformation so that it takes root and spreads in our communities, cities and nations.

In order to maximize the impact of the event, we will highlight a number of areas where significant breakthroughs are taking place around the world. To accomplish this our evening sessions on April 22-24 will be open to a larger audience, in a venue that can accommodate up to 10,000 people.

IV. Participants

Transform World Houston is an invitation-only event for Christian leaders representing the different focus areas. Those invited must demonstrate a commitment to Godís Kingdom purposes beyond individual or organizational goals and assignments.

For others wishing to participate, evening sessions will provide this opportunity. Each night powerful examples of Godís movement of transformation from around the world will be highlighted.

May we all be agents of His transforming grace and power to our generation and to the nations.

Gratefully His,

Tom Victor
Houston Host Team Facilitator
Transform World Houston

Luis Bush
International Facilitator
Transform World Connections

  
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