Spain has come a long way in embracing the Gospel and continues to thrive despite being known as a dead end for Protestant churches, said Juan Carlos Escobar, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Spain.
Escobar's message on church planting was part of the denomination's 100th anniversary celebration taking place in Springfield, Missouri, this week. He noted that the country's religious landscape has shifted over several decades and will do so as the Assemblies of God intends to plant a total of 1,000 churches by 2020.
"It's true, Spain and other countries are cemeteries for preachers, evangelists and missionaries. However, they are not cemeteries of death but they are breeding grounds for the Gospel," said Escobar. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini has been captured in Iran for being a Christian. He got arrested back in September 2012 and has not been home since then to see his family. His children are growing up and are unable to spend time with him. After watching this video you can see they miss him very much.
Instead of prolonging this prison sentence anymore, they hope this video can reach the White House in hopes of President Obama seeing it and taking action.
Watching this video is heart-wrenching, but it's a big step forward in the right direction. Hopefully they will be able see their father home again before his 8-year sentence is up. more >>
Despite a recent rash of apologies from Mark Driscoll, the Acts 29 church-planting network he founded more than a decade ago has dismissed him and his Mars Hill Church from membership, citing complaints from other network pastors concerning the minister's divisive behavior. The Seattle-based pastor has been also asked to remove himself from ministry.
The Acts 29 Network Board reportedly called on Driscoll, out of concern for his "good, the good of (his) family, and the honor of (his) Savior," to step down from ministry "for an extended time and seek help."
Pastor Chad and Julia Veach, of the Seattle-based megachurch The City Church, have endured a difficult journey for the past two years after they discovered that their baby daughter Georgia had a rare brain disorder. But despite the many struggles, the couple have remained constant in their faith, ministry and family life.
The Veachs, who are campus pastors at The City Church, know what it is like to have their lives change in the course of a day. At four months, Georgia was diagnosed with Lissencephaly, a rare, gene-linked brain malformation characterized by the absence of folds in the brain, also known as "smooth brain."
"We prepared ourselves going in that whatever the diagnosis was, we were going to have faith and believe for a miracle," Julia told The Christian Post. "I remember the neurologist telling us that there is no cure, surgery or solution for this disorder, but with so much innovative research, I had this notion that we could conquer this through faith and medicine." more >>
Hope Presbyterian Church of Minneapolis voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) and was dismissed back in May. The financial settlement for leaving was reached in late June.
The agreement was made between Hope Presbyterian and the PCUSA regional body it once belonged to, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area.
In return for being allowed to leave, Hope Presbyterian must pay the presbytery the sum of $1.2 million and lose one of its campuses, named the Oliver Christian Ministry Center. more >>
Thousands of attendees are expected to attend the Assemblies of God 100th anniversary celebration in Springfield, Missouri, this week, including several international dignitaries. AG is one of the world's fastest-growing Protestant movements and the largest Pentecostal denomination.
"It's a great celebration of our church which is bringing in delegates from all over the world and all across America," says Dr. George Wood, the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God, as reported by Ozarks First. "There is a strong focus on evangelism - sharing the good word of Jesus Christ with those who don't know him."
In addition to AG General Superintendent Dr. George O. Wood, keynote addresses will be delivered by an array of international speakers, such as Yong Mok Cho of South Korea, Juan Carlos Escobar of Spain, Edward A. Grabovenko of Russia, Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi, Barnabas Mtokambali of Tanzania, Ivan Satyavrata of India, José Wellington of Brazil and Max Schläpfer of Switzerland. Other U.S. speakers include Hal Donaldson, John Lindell, Wilfredo "Choco" De Jesús, Nam Soo Kim, Jason Frenn (who ministers in Latin America), and Raegan Glugosh, a U.S. missionary to Romania. more >>