Jesus Film Project Premieres 1,500th Translation of <em>JESUS</em><br />

Representatives from Jesus Film Project® recently traveled to one of the most remote places in Ethiopia to premiere the 1500th language translation of JESUS in Daasanach, which belongs to an ethnic group inhabiting parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Sudan.

On Nov. 11, in a dusty field set between two villages, a crowd of 300 people, which by the end of the film had almost doubled in size, witnessed the gospel message in their own language for the first time. At the end of the presentation, close to 90 percent of the Daasanach in attendance indicated they would like to begin a relationship with Jesus. Among them 79 gave their names to begin immediate follow up and discipleship.

“After giving for three years to a people group we had never heard of, it was surreal and humbling to sit among them in the dirt as they watched the life of Jesus for the very first time,” said Gospel Patrons Founder John Rinehart, who with his wife Renee funded the translation and attended the premiere. “Seeing the Daasanach witness the story of Jesus for the first time in history is one of the highlights of our lives.” 

Prior to the premiere, 200 local Ethiopian leaders and believers gathered for a sneak-peek of the Daasanach version of the JESUS film. At the end of which a chief demanded to speak on behalf of his tribe and said, “Today, our prayers are answered. God’s Word is coming alive for our people.”

The Daasanach are a people group with 70,000 in number and most of them have never heard the gospel. With the lack of available, affordable education, many are illiterate. Rinehart believes that without a visual representation of the gospel such as in JESUS, they likely would never hear it.

“We wanted to see the Daasanach people get the film in their language because JESUS has proven to be the most effective evangelistic tool in history,” stated Rinehart. “Our hope is that going forward the Jesus Film Project staff and local church planters will continue to use the translation to make disciples, plant churches, and reach people among the Daasanch who otherwise would never have the chance to hear the gospel.”

Since the initial release of JESUS in 1979, Jesus Film Project’s resources and strategies have been utilized in 7.5 billion gospel presentations in more than 230 countries and for many individuals in remote areas around the world. In fact, according to The Guinness Book of World Records, JESUS is the most watched film in history.

“When you show the JESUS film, it becomes an instant tool for church planters,” said Josh Newell, director of Marketing and Communications for Jesus Film Project. “Watching the story of Christ unfold from the Gospel of Luke puts viewers right into the Bible. After two hours, you have the raw ingredients for a fellowship.”

The powerful impact of seeing the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection in their heart language has resulted in more than 490 million indicated decisions for Christ following a film showing.

“As we watched the people glued to the screen, seeing the story of Jesus, it was awesome to think that God was speaking to them in their own language like never before,” said Rinehart. “We know that Revelation 7:9 says that in heaven there will be a great multitude of people around Jesus’ throne from every tribe and language, and we believe some of the Daasanch will be there, in part, because they were able to see the story of Jesus through the film.”

JESUS is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and digitally through Jesus Film Project app, available on IOS or Android. In addition to JESUS, Jesus Film Project offers additional tools such as Magdalena, a film that specifically addresses Jesus ministry toward women, and The Story of JESUS for Children. For more information, visit www.jesusfilm.org/.
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For All People

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10, NIV).

Luke, in his narrative of the birth of Jesus Christ, gives us one of the first hints of God’s plan to offer salvation to all people, to everyone. I want to tell you another Christmas story that spans more than 80 years and beautifully illustrates that plan.

Troy and Stella Lowe are longtime members of our North Little Rock AG congregation. Stella is from Ghana. Some of the first Assemblies of God missionaries went to Ghana, back when it was called the Gold Coast, to establish churches and share the gospel. Stella’s grandfather, Samuel Mani, was a businessman in Tamale, Ghana, an influential man who owned the local store. He practiced native religion and witchcraft.

The missionaries, when they went to Tamale in the mid-1930s, bought their goods in Samuel Mani’s store. They shared the story of Jesus with Samuel and his employees. First, one of the employees accepted Christ. Then, Samuel and his whole family became believers. Several generations of Samuel’s family members, including Stella, all followed Christ because of the ministry of those missionaries. Samuel’s family became active in the Tamale Assemblies of God church, and are to this day.

Stella grew up in the church, hearing the stories of her grandparents and the missionary family who had witnessed to them. But she had never learned the names of those missionaries. Through the years, Stella dreamed of learning who the missionaries were and being able to thank them. Pastor Randy Jumper, on our pastoral staff, tracked down that information in the Assemblies of God World Missions Archives and the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center.

In the early 1930s, H.B. and Ruth Garlock, young AG missionaries in Liberia, sensed God calling them to the Gold Coast. In 1932, they started a small church in a remote town in northern Ghana called Tamale. They started the church where Stella’s family heard the gospel.

In a special Family Christmas service last year, our church had the privilege of connecting Stella with the Garlock family. We gave Stella copies of photographs from the Garlocks’ ministry the Assemblies of God had archived, including pictures of her grandparents and of the Tamale congregation. H.B. Garlock also wrote an article about those years, in which he mentioned a local businessman who spoke English and was saved and baptized — Stella’s grandfather. We gave Stella a collection of the Garlocks’ newsletters that included that article. Unbeknownst to Stella, our church also located the Garlocks’ daughter-in-law.

During our Dec. 18 Family Christmas service last year, we introduced Stella to Ruth Anne Garlock. Stella was completely overwhelmed. She cried tears of joy as she embraced Sister Garlock. You can watch that powerful encounter at http://subsplash.com/firstnlr/v/b2sfssn.

One more detail in this story clinches for me the meaning of Luke 2:10. In the 1930s, one of the churches that gave money to support H.B. and Ruth Garlock and send them to Tamale to build a church was First Assembly of God in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Over 80 years ago, the church that Stella and Troy now attend helped send the Garlocks to Ghana so Stella’s grandfather would hear about Jesus and Stella and her family would one day be saved.

Perhaps, as you’re reading this, you wonder if what you have given to missions through the years has had an impact. You may never know in this life. But one day, you’ll see just how far God took your obedient sacrifice and how many lives He touched. You are part of His plan to reach out to all people with His love.

From WorldView, December 2017. To view the entire issue, please click here.

IMAGE – Stella Lowe embraces Ruth Anne Garlock for the first time. 

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From Our Family to Yours

May God bless you, keep you, and present you and yours with a fresh and deeply personally understanding of the depth of love Christ has for you this Christmas season.

Merry Christmas!

The PE News Staff 2017

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Happy Bags Blessings

When 8-year-old Jada Garza shared a ministry idea with Karen Abrego, community resource pastor at Ebenezer Christian Center, Abrego asked her to put it in writing.

Jada returned with a five-page outreach plan in pencil, marker, and crayon.

That proposal detailed “Happy Bags,” which are yellow string backpacks printed with the logo and filled with socks, toiletries, snacks, and other items to bless the homeless.

If Happy Meals can make me happy, happy bags can make others happy,” Jada says.

Now age 10, the fifth-grader not only has mobilized the church for the Happy Bags outreach, but also has received a state resolution for her community service on the floor of the California Senate. She has been featured in a Sacramento television news piece, and received a $500 grant from Building Healthy Communities, a California state endowment program.

It all began when Jada, daughter of Dan G. Garza, Ebenezer’s pastor, noticed a homeless woman who lived behind a restaurant her family frequented.

“God has given her the gift of a tender loving heart to see with compassion those that others don’t see,” Abrego says. “She notices the homeless everywhere she goes.” In urban areas, the homeless seemingly become invisible to many.

“They’re so normal you don’t notice them anymore,” Abrego says. “But she does.”

Jada’s team of Ebenezer children help her fill the bags.

“People keep Happy Bags with them, and when they see homeless people, they give one to them,” Jada says.

Every other week, she sits at a table where churchgoers donate items to include in the bags (one itinerating missionary brings soaps and shampoos from hotels) and also donate a suggested $5 per Happy Bag to offset costs. She encourages attendees to add their own items to the bags. So far, she’s distributed around 400.

“Jada is wise beyond her years,” says Nick Garza, secretary-treasurer for the AG’s North Pacific Latin American District (and unrelated to Jada). Nick Garza’s wife, Sandra, is children’s pastor at Ebenezer. “I’m just praying that she never learns the word can’t.”

Abrego notes Jada’s heritage as the daughter of AG pastors and the granddaughter of past district superintendent Lee Baca. Her grandmother also held AG pastoral credentials. Jada senses the Lord calling her to ministry.

“I want to be a missionary lawyer and a judge after that,” she declares. “I like to help people with their problems.”

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New Orleans Church Plant Growing in Difficult Soil

Planting a church in New Orleans — a city that is home to the infamous Mardis Gras festival and is a stronghold of unique forms of paganism — has never been easy.
 
In addition to the city’s significant spiritual barriers, social maladies such as alcoholism, racism, and poverty are rampant throughout its many quarters.
 
After Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, one major evangelical denomination launched church planting efforts in 110 locations in and around New Orleans. Today, 12 years later, only three of those churches have survived.
 
Saints Community Church in New Orleans, Louisiana, is an Assemblies of God church that was launched in October 2011 with help from Matching Funds provided by AGTrust, in cooperation with Church Multiplication Network.
 
Today the church thrives. Currently, 300 people, mostly from a Catholic or no church background at all, call Saints Community Church their home. In addition, Saints Community is preparing to launch a second campus across the Mississippi River in the Algiers township.

“Planting the Saints Community Church in New Orleans has been the hardest and most exciting thing we’ve ever done,” states Pastor Wayne Northrup. “The Matching Funds provided by AGTrust kept us open. It was a good start for us to be able to begin building the church.”

Thanks to the generosity of AGTrust donors, the Matching Funds are helping hundreds of Spirit-filled church planters start churches like Saints Community Church and see spiritual breakthroughs in difficult places where other efforts have failed.

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J. Calvin Holsinger III, Educator and Founder of Chi Alpha, Dies<br />

Dr. J. Calvin Holsinger III, long-time Assemblies of God college educator and the founder of the Assemblies of God ministry to college campuses, Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, passed away on Friday, Dec. 15. He was 89 years old.

Having just graduated from Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) University in 1948, the 20-year-old Holsinger was hired to teach at Central Bible Institute (later, College) in Springfield, Missouri. Student president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship while he attended Pitt, he had a strong conviction that the Assemblies of God needed a ministry to students on the secular college campuses as well.

In the fall of 1952, the Assemblies of God pastors in the Springfield Section for the Southern Missouri District asked Holsinger to develop a campus ministry for two local college campuses in Springfield — Drury College (now University) and Southwest Missouri State College (now Missouri State University). He was given a desk at the district office, the title of “Chaplain,” an assignment to develop a program, and one other title: “volunteer.”

After one year of holding meetings with college students, Holsinger developed a name for the new group: Chi Alpha — in the Greek, this is represented by the letters XA, pronounced Chi Alpha, but meaning Christ’s Sent Ones. During the 1953-54 academic year, the students at Southwest Missouri State officially became the first Chi Alpha group in the nation.

From that first Chi Alpha group, the ministry has grown so that by the 2016-2017 school year, Chi Alpha has 317 chapters on campuses in the United States, served by more than 1,000 affiliated staff, and involving 28,000 students. It is a branch of AG U.S. Missions and is also recognized as the fourth largest evangelical campus organization in the United States.

Current national Chi Alpha Director E. Scott Martin has a deep appreciation for Holsinger.

“Dr. J. Calvin Holsinger was a pioneer in our Movement, discerning the strategic mission field of the secular university and challenging and equipping Assemblies of God students to assume their role in reaching the campus for Christ,” Martin states. “We are grateful for his foresight in developing the ministry of Chi Alpha over 60 years ago.”

Following the founding and leading of Chi Alpha (1953-1958), Holsinger moved on to become a church planter and teach at several secular and AG schools, including Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California, and 30 years at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. Most of his career he served as chairman of the Social Studies Department at Evangel University until retirement. Among other recognitions, he received the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Sears Foundation Teaching Excellence Award, and the Assemblies of God Educator’s Award.

Holsinger was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Adena, in 2013. He is survived by his daughter, Cori Hartje of Redmond, Washington, and two grandsons, Ryan and Kent.

There will be a celebration of life for Holsinger at 2 p.m., Jan. 20, at Maranatha Village Chapel in Springfield. Burial will be in White Chapel Cemetery, also in Springfield. 

 IMAGE – Calvin Holsinger (center) conducting a Bible study with students at Southwest Missouri State College; 1953 

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This Week in AG History — December 22, 1968

AIM (Ambassadors in Mission) is the missions-sending arm of the Assemblies of God (AG) National Youth Ministries. Through involvement in short-term mission trips, AG youth experience firsthand the need for national and international workers and discover their part in meeting those needs.

In the mid-1960s, AG educator Dr. Ward Williams suggested to AG leadership that AG youth (known as Christ’s Ambassadors, or CA’s) could serve as temporary workers on the mission field. He envisioned trips lasting two to six weeks, in which CA’s could contribute to the mission work, while stretching their own skills and personal experiences with God.

Some districts had already begun providing missions trips for their youth groups, including Northern and Southern California. Indiana D-Cap (district youth director) Brenton Osgood had recently taken a team of 70 CA’s to Latin America with Loren Cunningham’s organization for a summer of service.

In 1966 AG leaders gave approval to do something similar on the national level. That summer, 12 CA’s went on a “Caribbean Youth Witness” trip to Jamaica and British Honduras. In 1967 two more teams of 32 youth revisited the areas that had been targeted the previous year.  

In 1968 Norm Correll, director of MAPS (Mobilization and Placement Services), and Brenton Osgood, newly appointed director of Speed the Light, strategized a plan that would involve the efforts of five departments to implement the vision for youth mission trips:  the Education Department would provide promotion, Men’s Ministries would provide literature through Light for the Lost (LFTL), Women’s Ministries would provide for meals and housing, Spiritual Life-Evangelism would provide training, and the CA Department would provide the workers. CA’s, themselves, would provide the money for airfare. They named the effort Ambassadors in Mission — making good use of the name of the national Youth Department, Christ’s Ambassadors.

These well-planned trips consisted of a training program in which the youth would travel to Springfield, Missouri, for a three-day orientation with leaders such as J. Philip Hogan, the director of the Foreign Missions Department. Students became acquainted with the concepts of culture shock, interpersonal relationships, witnessing strategies, and spiritual readiness. A frequent visitor to each training period was Alice Reynolds Flower, wife of the first general secretary of the Assemblies of God, who met and encouraged each student in their journey. After training, students embarked on a four-week witnessing program in countries such as Brazil, El Salvador, Germany, Liberia, Kenya, and many others. 

Each American youth was paired with a young person from the host national church. Together they would go, two by two, to visit homes in the neighborhood of an AG church. Using LFTL literature, they would strike up conversations and share the gospel message, along with an invitation to special services being held each night at the local church. Those who accepted the gospel message through the witnessing efforts or the evening services received six follow-up visits with teaching based on the Gospel of John. 

That first year of well-organized strategy saw young people from 30 states participate in the program. The Pentecostal Evangel reported in its Dec. 22, 1968, article “AIM! On Target to Win Today’s World” that “these Christ’s Ambassadors had unforgettable experiences that deeply affected their lives, and at the same time produced thrilling results on the mission field. The combined total of decisions through door-to-door witnessing and the accompanying Good News Crusades came to 3,122.”

The same article quotes the testimonies of several teens as to the impact these summer trips had upon their own personal and spiritual development. One CA, Deloris Rykhoek, shared, “Never before have I felt such an anointing upon my life. I said things that amazed me. God melted hearts, brought joy to the helpless, and placed a hunger for more of Him.”

Since those early days, tens of thousands of AG youth have experienced their first taste of missions on an AIM trip. Many current AG missionaries responded to the call of God while serving on these short-term outreaches. Ambassadors in Mission continues to provide Assemblies of God teens with a life-changing experience as they spend their summers expanding their own horizons while expanding the kingdom of God.

Read more of the 1968 AIM reports on page 16 of the Dec. 22, 1968Pentecostal Evangel. 

Also featured in this issue:

• “Pre-Christmas Pilgrimage” by Mary Tregenza

• “What Christmas Means to Me” by students from Central Bible Institute, Tokyo, Japan

• “The Goads of God” by R.L. Brandt

And many more!

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Pentecostal Evangel archived editions courtesy of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center.

IMAGE – KS students on the 1971 AIM Christmas Trip. Six districts (Kansas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and North Texas) combined to send 275 students to spend their Christmas break evangelizing in Monterrey, Mexico.
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Giving Foster Care a Try

With their three biological children nearly grown, Angie D. and Stan C. Grant set out on their foster parenting journey with no idea what a tough challenge they faced. However, because they tackled the task, today Clover Hill Church of Midlothian, Virginia, has a thriving foster parenting ministry.

Since 2012, two dozen families have taken in foster children or completed training. Hundreds of others have fulfilled supportive roles, ranging from providing respite care or transportation, to mowing foster families’ yards or delivering meals to them.

The Grants didn’t set out to create a ministry; they just shared their story with others in the church. Two other families already fostering kids served as examples.

“It was not an ‘aha’ moment,” says Angie Grant, family resource director at the AG church her husband pastors. “We did it because we thought we could — and should. It’s turned out to be one of the hardest things we’ve ever done. It’s more than loving a child and creating a safe environment for him or her. There’s a calling to it.”

Clover Hill has answered that call in a variety of ways, with others picking up on what the Grants did. Out of that emerged a multifaceted ministry, which began with the church approaching the Chesterfield County Department of Social Services.

Clover Hill followed up with such tangible actions as members completing foster training and expressing appreciation for the difficult situations social workers face. That includes special breakfasts and luncheons throughout the year to honor them, and presenting them gifts on special occasions.

This month the church hosted its third annual Christmas party for 200 social workers, family court judges, and other officials who are part of the foster care system.

Foster parents in the congregation receive help from Clover Hill’s wraparound program. Wraparound care features such touches as volunteers taking foster children in for overnight stays once a month, providing meals, or staying with biological children so their parents can take foster kids to appointments.

Last August, the suburban Richmond church hosted its first Royal Family Kids Camp, part of a nationwide group of summer camps designed to help children from abusive backgrounds. The church raised $40,000 one Sunday, with the special offering defraying all the expenses for the 29 youngsters who attended.

Eight children from the camp later attended services; four siblings from one family were baptized several weeks after camp. The converts are among more than 15 foster children or family members Clover Hill has welcomed as new followers of Jesus.

“Those kids’ lives were changed, but those adults also will never be the same,” Grant says of the 50 members who volunteered as counselors and staff members. “Many of the counselors remain in contact with the kids.”

One member who caught the vision for fostering is Tammy L. Jackson, 38, the connection director at the church’s branch campus. The single mother of two young sons, Jackson initially felt nervous when considering fostering. She started by offering respite care for Micah, the foster child later adopted by the Grants.

Jackson since has fostered for a 16-year-old girl who later returned to her biological family, and she recently provided care for two siblings who soon will return to a family member. While acknowledging there have been occasional tensions and conflict, Jackson also has experienced joys, such as her foster daughter returning for Thanksgiving dinner, six months after she left Jackson’s home.

“God gives eyes for what He sees,” Jackson says. “He’s so much bigger than their circumstances. When you see what they’re going through and the meltdowns, you can sit and love them through it. It opened my eyes to the fact that He can heal this situation.”

A passionate supporter of the need for God’s people to respond to the crisis of broken families, Grant, 47, says the question isn’t “if” a church should get involved, but “how.” To help, Clover Hill is working on an informational packet that other churches can use to launch similar ministries.

“There are many folks who are sitting in our congregations looking for what God has for them,” Grant says. “This is a great way for people to get involved in His work.”

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Veteran Missionary Mark Bliss with the Lord

On Monday, Dec. 18, veteran AGWM missionary and hero of the faith Mark Bliss, 87, was called home to the Lord.

Mark and Gladys Bliss married on June 3, 1953. From 1955 to 1960, Mark and Gladys lived in New York and pioneered a church on Long Island. In 1960, they were invited to direct a leper colony in Liberia. Mark would serve as a missionary pilot. Their 20-foot-square house deep in Liberia’s bush country would be home for the next three years.

Far from their West African leper colony, a small group of Armenian believers in Tehran, Iran, were eager for help in evangelism and discipleship training. They appealed for the U.S. Assemblies of God to send a missionary. Home from West Africa, Mark and Gladys believed the opportunity in Iran was God’s will. They were appointed as AGWM missionaries in 1965 and arrived in Tehran that fall.

Among Middle Eastern nations, Iran was one of the most open to the gospel; however, the Blisses carefully followed existing restrictions on open-air meetings, newspaper ads, or media broadcasts. They focused on literature distribution and training students at Iran Bible School, which they launched in Tehran soon after their arrival.

As the work in Tehran and the surrounding area gained momentum, disaster struck. On Oct. 25, 1969, the Bliss family was traveling at night to a newly planted church in another town. The church’s young pastor, Haik Hovsepian, his wife, Takoosh, and their infant son were with them. They drove into the back of a slowly moving unlit tractor. The Blisses’ three children and the Hovsepians’ infant son were killed. Gladys, Haik and Takoosh were seriously injured.

Six days after the accident, the memorial service for Karen, 13, Deborah, 11, and Mark Reid, 3, was packed with friends and fellow believers. At the end of the service, Mark stood and spoke. “My heart has been filled with sorrow,” he said. “But it’s for Jesus’ sake, and that sorrow is being turned to joy. … I have never in my life felt closer to God, and I would not want to exchange this place.”

One day while going through their children’s belongings, Mark and Gladys discovered Karen had written a testimony. “As I was getting ready for bed I heard an ambulance siren,” she wrote. “I said to myself, ‘What if I were in there, dying?’ I realized I might never have another chance. I told my parents I wished to become a Christian. … Someday I know I will go to heaven and live with Him forever.” Thousands of copies of Karen’s testimony of God’s grace and forgiveness were distributed in Iran.

The Blisses and Hovespians shared not only each other’s grief, but also a determination not to let the accident break their spirits or cause them to stray from their vision of reaching Iran with the gospel.

In the spring of 1972, local authorities approached Mark to testify about the accident. Since he was the driver of the car involved, he faced a prison sentence if found guilty of negligence. A prayer request was sent out around the globe. In answer to prayer, a 10-month prison sentence was reduced to probation.

After the revolution in Iran in 1979, the Blisses were never able to return. But, after nine years serving in Bangladesh, their ministry to Iranians continued when they were asked to teach Iranian believers in Shackleford, England. Their family had also grown, with the adoption of daughter Melody Ann from Bangladesh. Melody passed away in December 2016.

Mark and Gladys retired in 1995 after 30 years as AGWM missionaries. In 2001, Mark was invited to address the U.S. Assemblies of God General Council. The topic of his remarks was sacrifice. He explained that a life of sacrifice must be patterned after the sacrificial life of Jesus Christ. Any other sacrifice seems like “holding a candle to the sun and asking which gives the stronger light.”

The viewing will be held on Friday, Dec. 22, at the Maranatha Chapel located at 233 E Norton Road, Springfield, Missouri at 10 a.m. The funeral service follows at 11 a.m.

 

Editor’s note: Much of this article was adapted from “No Sacrifice Too Great,” which appeared in the November 2017 edition of WorldView magazine.

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"If My People . . ." Week of Prayer Begins January 7

As the Assemblies of God recognizes the 75th anniversary of the Week of Prayer, being held Jan. 7-13, AG General Superintendent Doug Clay urges leaders and individuals to not only set aside the first week of January for prayer, but to make prayer a priority.

“Beyond this one special week each year, I believe God wants us to be focused on prayer,” Clay states. “Scripture is very clear that every Christian should practice calling on God individually and corporately.”

This year’s week of prayer focuses on 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”   

The Week of Prayer resources offer daily prayer points that cover the key ideas in the 2 Chronicles passage, including: If My People, Humble Yourselves, Pray and Seek God’s Face, Repent and Turn, Hear From Heaven, Restore the Land, and the final day concludes with Pray Continually.

“Prayer underlines the fact that we cannot make it on our own,” Clay says. “Prayer verbally acknowledges our dependence on God, rather than our own efforts or intellect.”

Resources, in English and Spanish, are available to download on the Week of Prayer website, including: PowerPoint slides, a bulletin insert, an email header, the daily prayer points, and an opportunity to sign up to help cover the Week of Prayer with prayer. The site also includes seven brief devotional videos each featuring an Executive Leadership Team member.

Clay observes that the founders of the Assemblies of God understood that their natural efforts and understanding would only take them so far; it would take the power of the Holy Spirit to do the task that God had set before them.

“If there ever was a core Scripture for the Assemblies of God,” Clay says, “it would probably be Zechariah 4:6, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.’”

Calling upon today’s leaders and church members to not just add a few bullet points to their prayer lists, Clay instead asks them to intentionally set aside time to pray in the Spirit, seek the face of God, and, if possible, fast.

“Let’s believe,” Clays says, “that 2018 will be a year that God will raise up intercessors and prayer warriors throughout this Movement that will flood heaven with prayers that will change our churches, our nation, and our world for His glory!”

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