In 1966, Christianity Today magazine sponsored the World Congress on Evangelism, held in West Berlin from Oct. 26 to Nov. 4. It brought together 12,000 invited delegates from a hundred countries. The events were chaired by Carl F.H. Henry and Billy Graham. John M. Drescher reported on the event in a series of articles in The Canadian Mennonite. The theme was “One race, one gospel, one task.” In 1965, Frank Epp critiqued the location of the congress, saying the Christian church needs to “free itself from the limitation of western politics [but] by locating the congress in West Berlin this task becomes more difficult, if not impossible.” The congress was one of many events that influenced Mennonites to evaluate their role in the world.
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