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Connections: George O. Wood and David Grant

A Gathering of Nations

Every three years the World Assemblies of God Fellowship comes together for its World Congress. The next World AG Congress will be held Feb. 6-9, 2011, in Chennai, India — a country where David Grant, founder of Project Rescue and director of Eurasia Development, has had more than 40 years of ministry. U.S. Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood chairs the WAGF. Recently, Editor Ken Horn spoke with Wood and Grant about the upcoming Congress.


evangel: What is the World Assemblies of God Fellowship?

WOOD:
The Assemblies of God is in 212 countries, and 95 percent of adherents are outside the United States. Assemblies of God national churches are autonomous, but we found over the years the need for better relationships with one another through fellowship of leaders, pastors and lay leaders. So a number of years ago the World Assemblies of God Fellowship was formed. The World Assemblies of God Congress is the meeting point for the Fellowship. It meets every three years. This coming February, we’re meeting in Chennai, India (formerly known as Madras). It’s a gathering of our leadership and our pastors and anyone from the Assemblies of God family all over the world who would desire to come — a truly international gathering.


evangel: Tell us about the significance of going to India and, specifically, of going to Chennai.
GRANT:
The first thing that’s so exciting is New Life Assembly of God in Chennai. Pastor David Mohan started this church 35 years ago with seven people in one room, and it has grown to 40,000 with 11 Sunday services.

India is a country of 1.2 billion people and is growing by 30 million people a year. It is one of the most exciting, dynamic countries of the world. Every Sunday morning almost 1 million people attend Assemblies of God churches in India. Just in the last year they’ve started more than 1,000 churches in India, 200 of them in the Chennai area. We’re in the middle of a moment of harvest for the Assemblies of God of India. Our prayer is that this World Congress will spark a sense of passion and vision in a lot of people who come.

WOOD: One of the great things about going to Chennai is the same kind of value that the early Pentecostals found in going to the Azusa Street Mission. So much is happening dynamically in the Spirit there that, as leadership and pastors from around the world come to Chennai, I believe it’s going to spark a tremendous move of God in the countries across the face of the earth. 


evangel: What can people expect when they go to the World Assemblies of God Congress?
WOOD:
We have tremendous plenary sessions that are lined out with great leadership and ministers from around the world. We’ll have incredible breakout sessions with all kinds of opportunities to pick up on various ministry strategies and the like.

We’re going to conclude with a great Sunday night rally on the future site of New Life Church. We anticipate we’ll have 100,000 or more people at that event. It’s going to be a tremendous time of meeting God and of meeting one another and connecting to this amazing Fellowship that is worldwide in scope.

This is a chance for American pastors, district leaders, lay leaders and others to see firsthand what investment in missions has produced over these decades of the Assemblies of God. It’s an incredible opportunity that I encourage people not to miss. And bring a younger minister. The Congress will connect them in a very real way with persons whom they can pray for, build relationships with, and have communications with for the rest of their lives.


evangel: Talk about the tours that are available.
WOOD:
We have a number of tours that will offer an introduction to some of the major cities of India as well as major ministries that are happening. Whether it’s a pre-Congress tour or a post-Congress tour, it will greatly inspire you. More information about the tours and the Congress is available at wagf2011.com.

GRANT: We’ve tried to custom design these tours to fit various schedules. If you can only come for the four days, you can concentrate on the city of Chennai and Saint Thomas Mount. If you have a couple of extra days, other options take you to Mumbai, where Bombay Teen Challenge and Project Rescue have an enormous outreach into the red light district. We also have tours to Agua, the Taj Mahal, Delhi and Calcutta.

If you want to see India, this is probably the ideal way to combine a ministry trip with exploring a very ancient and influential land.


evangel: What should those planning to attend know about applying for a visa?
WOOD:
All the registration is being done on the website. All the visa application information is available at wagf2011.com. In regard to the visa situation, it’s important to recognize that it has to be done as early as possible. You have to have a visa in advance. So that’s going to be a consideration if you’re planning to go.


evangel: Any additional comments?
WOOD:
I would like to ask people to pray for this Congress. Pray that the Lord will make a way for everyone who should be at that Congress to attend. David is heading up an effort with pastors and churches to help sponsor leaders who don’t have the financial ability to come but need to be there.

Also pray for God’s blessing and favor upon this event. Unless the Lord’s blessing attends this event and His people intercede for His favor, we’ll just have another meeting. But this is not going to be just another meeting. I believe this is truly going to be a transformational time for the World Assemblies of God.

GRANT: Do more than just come yourself; help bring someone along with you from the Third World who may not have the resources to come.


More information about the tours and the Congress is available at wagf2011.com.

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