|Again I say
That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask,
it shall be done
for them of
my Father which is in heaven.
1) KIGALI, RWANDA
We are heading for Rwanda with Teen Challenge from Disney, Oklahoma to reach from Kigali, past the city and into the mountains. We will bring the Good News to villages severely impacted by the genocide. Pastor Willy is also planning a city-wide outreach in Kigali.
2) CRISIS: NORTH KOREA
As the American press attacks President Trump for his rhetoric, while ignoring and giving a pass to the words and serious threats uttered by Kim Jong Il - we need to pray.
3) CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Join with us to pray for peace in the city in Charlottesville, VA. after the violence of this past weekend, for God's peace and spirit of reconciliation to fall upon the people. We stand against actions that promote division and spread hatred and racism. We pray against the spirit behind such actions. The scriptures are clear, and they do not leave room for hate:
Please join with us and our District Superintendent in praying for Pastor Pete and Fran Hartwig and the congregation of City Church, Pastor Pete and Amy Bullette and the students of Chi Alpha at UVA, and Pastors Jon and Rebecca Burtram and the congregation of Redemption Church Charlottesville. Long after the media has lost interest, these ministries will be working to restore people’s trust in God and one another. We pray that God will grant them wisdom, direction, and the ability to bring healing to a hurting city.
3) MADAGASCAR-Pastor's Awareness
We are still following up with Dr Jacobus Nomdoe on 101 letters and emails we sent to key leaders in Madagascar, who desire to continue to move with the vision for residential care, Living Free and outreach. Please pray that the seeds of interest concerning Teen Challenge will flourish in those with a passion to reach the lost, broken and addicted in Madagascar. One pastor said, "We can't let this die!" As dialogue continues, please pray that new Teen Challenge centers will be opened for the marginalized and genuinely needy in this wonderful nation.
4) NAIROBI, KENYA
On August 8 Kenya voted in its fifth set of elections since the end of the 1-party state in 1991. On August 11, Kenya’s independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission declared President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner with 54.27% percent of the votes. Please pray for a peaceful continuation of power in Kenya.
TC Staff suffered through 3 of the Kenya’s 4 previous elections, marred by violence, including the 2007-2008 election when 1,100 people were killed and 650,000 displaced. Party primaries in April this year were fraught with violence and rights abuses, but we are believing God for peace.
4) ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA
While the General Council of the Assemblies of God wraps up in California, we give thanks for what God is doing and commit to the job still before us.
While these statistics are a reason to rejoice, in the words Dr Nance, Pres CEO of Global TC, “We do not have the luxury of measuring our success against anything but the unfinished task.”
Some observations . . .
The Assemblies of God (USA) experienced its 27th consecutive year of growth in 2016, with 3.24 million adherents and 2 million attending major worship services . In 2016, the AG saw an all-time high of new church plants and water baptisms and a 16 percent increase in Spirit baptisms. A new AG church is planted in the U.S. every 21 hours.
Whereas the U.S. population is 39 percent racial or ethnic minority, the AG is 42 percent. In 2016, the African-American percentage of the Fellowship topped 10 percent for the first time. Over 25% of our clergy are women.
Reaching a new generation --54 % of the Fellowship is under 35 years of age, as over the last decade, its millennial population has grown by 11%.
The World Assemblies of God Fellowship encompasses 68.5 million adherents in 367,287 churches served by 392,018 ministers and meeting in 256 countries, territories or provinces.
Every 37 seconds, a person comes to Christ through an AG church or ministry somewhere in the world. Every 95 minutes, a new AG church is planted somewhere in the world.
Pray with us for the global advance of the gospel. Pray for workers for the Harvest ...Teen Challenge Centers in 120 countries need staff and we currently have invitations to start Teen Challenge in over 32 new nations. They are crying out for help. They need the power of God to meet a pressing social need... but we know it has a SPIRITUAL ROOT. We offer SPIRITUAL RESOURCES to meet PRACTICAL needs.
MATTHEW 9: 37 Then He said to His disciples,
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”