Nearly four hundred Christian leaders met in Budapest, Hungary, recently for the Lausanne Bi-Annual International Leadership Conference. The weeklong conference was for the purpose of praying, planning and working together for the next Lausanne International Congress on World Evangelization (Lausanne III) to be held 16-25 October 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. Lausanne III is expected to gather more than four thousand Christian leaders in South Africa and link up millions more around the world via satellite. During the conference in Budapest, Rev. Doug Birdsall, executive chair of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, and Rev. Geoff Tunnicliffe, head of the World Evangelical Alliance, formally launched their new partnership for Lausanne III. Tunnicliffe, who represents around 420 million Christians worldwide, and Birdsall were officially invited to Cape Town by Michael Cassidy, founder of African Enterprise. “Lausanne III has the most enormous salvific potential for the Church in South Africa and indeed all of Africa,” Cassidy told the leaders. “We pray we will bless you and that it will be a mighty reviving, renewing and historic moment for the Church around the world, and for mission and evangelism all across our globe.” (Assist News Service)