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2002 PE Report stories

Congregations demonstrate weekly prayer yields results (December 30, 2001)

L.A. Dream Center, Angelus Temple make history, reach more with merge (December 16, 2001)

Rain, gang doesn't halt impact of newly formed congregation (December 9, 2001)

Women urged to minister hope at global gathering (November 25, 2001)

Volunteers meet needs at Pentagon cleanup (November 18, 2001)

Fear, uncertainty open window of opportunity for evangelism (November 11, 2001)

'Jump for Jesus' raises $40,000 for STL (October 21, 2001)

Widows, single mothers gain practical blessings (October 14, 2001)

Five new executive presbyters elected (September 30, 2001)

Credit card 'freedoms' tempt college students (September 16, 2001)

Fellowship, nation show ethnic makeup changes (August 26, 2001)

Congregations extend a hand, spread gospel after tropical storm (August 19, 2001)

Single-parent families find hope at camp (August 12, 2001) caught in middle of culture war (July 22, 2001)

Pentecostal World Conference looks toward future cooperation (July 13, 2001)

Crossover Community Church ministers to hip-hop culture (July 8, 2001)

Prison chaplain hooked on ministry (June 24, 2001)

National Singles team convenes, plans regional conferences (June 17, 2001)

Children's ministries take center stage (June 10, 2001)

U.S. Christians trek to Israel despite news reports of danger (May 27, 2001)

A/G ministries combat eating disorders (May 20, 2001)

Mobilizing laity leads to church growth (May 13, 2001)

Fellowship convenes conference for women (April 29, 2001)

14,547 'honored guests' attend Convoy of Hope outreach in Dallas (April 22, 2001)

Hollywood sends wrong signals on teen smoking (April 15, 2001)

Iowa community faces unique challenges (April 8, 2001)

Churches support ministries to lead youth out of lifestyle (March 25, 2001)

English lessons reach Chinese with gospel (March 18, 2001)

A/G church, police, schools partner for strong community (March 11, 2001)

Church uses 'human hunt' as evangelism tool for teens (February 25, 2001)

Ministering in the fast lane (February 18, 2001)

Abstinence education saves lives, futures (February 11, 2001)

Donated food helps Convoy of Hope extend hand around the world (January 21, 2001)

American Indian College students impact boarding school (January 14, 2001)

2000 News Digest stories

Pentecostal World Conference looks toward future cooperation

(July 13, 2001)

Rallying under the theme "Pentecost: Millennium III, Renewing the Vision," more than 2,000 people from 46 nations gathered for the triennial Pentecostal World Conference in Los Angeles May 29-31. Although it marked the 19th meeting, this is only the second time the conference took place in the United States.

Rejoicing in unity: Pentecostals from around the world worship at the conference.

Los Angeles, the site of historic spiritual awakenings including the Azusa Street revival in 1906-09 that touched every part of the globe, served as a fitting venue for the PWC. Today there are 523 million Pentecostals and charismatics in the world, 27 percent of all Christians.

Kenneth Ulmer, pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, Calif., noted that the conference drew many from different ethnic and racial traditions who rarely have come together in the past.

"Yet by the power of the Holy Spirit we gather in this place as one," Ulmer said. "We serve a God that is bigger than color and denominational affiliation. So from every tongue and nation we gather to declare His goodness, mercy and grace."

Thomas E. Trask, general superintendent of the U.S. Assemblies of God and chairman of the PWC, delivered the keynote opening address. "God has raised up the Pentecostal church to have an impact on the world," Trask said, calling conference participants to seek a new passion for Pentecost. "It doesn’t matter how large our buildings are or how great our programs are if there isn’t power."

Jack Hayford, founding pastor of Church On The Way in Van Nuys, Calif., emceed the three evening rallies at the Crenshaw Christian Center FaithDome. David Yonggi Cho, pastor of the world’s largest congregation — the 760,000-member Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea — also spoke at the event.

Ulmer focused on the theme of divine healing. "Your theology of healing will always emerge from your theology of God," Ulmer said. "What you think about healing will at some point reveal what you think about God."

Misael Argenal, pastor of Ministry of the Harvest, San Pedro Sula, Honduras, spoke at the final evening rally. "God wants visionaries who have a passion to conquer through the power of the Holy Spirit," said Argenal, whose church has experienced explosive growth. "We are called to reach our cities and nations in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. We must do it with strength, power and authority."

Trask, who was elected to a second term as WPC chairman, said it is up to pastors to make sure their congregants don’t lose the fervor.

"We are responsible to lead," Trask said. "Your people will never be more Pentecostal than you are. If you can go Sunday after Sunday with barren altars, something is wrong with your passion."

He also said that the mission of the church is far from complete. "May we not be satisfied with the half-billion Pentecostals worldwide when there are billions more who have not yet heard the gospel."

The next conference will take place in 2004 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

— John T. Maempa in Los Angeles


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