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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Historic Meeting of the World AG

By Ken Horn
Aug. 3, 2014

This week the world comes to Springfield, Mo. The World Assemblies of God Fellowship that is. Representatives from many of the nations that comprise the larger AG family have traveled to the Springfield home of the National Leadership and Resource Center for the U.S.

The triennial meeting of the WAGF coincides with the 100th anniversary of the AG, so it is combined with our major centennial celebration. Running from Aug. 5-10, the event actually combines the AG Centennial, the World AG Congress, and the first ever Global Church Planting Summit.

You’re not sure just what the World Assemblies of God Fellowship is? No problem. Just read Assemblies of God Global Perspective, where William Molenaar provides some history of the organization as well as a current description.

Maybe you heard there was an earlier centennial celebration in Hot Springs, Ark., and are a bit confused. Darrin Rodgers, director of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center, helps with that. His account of the special events in Hot Springs, birthplace of the AG, is in A Centennial Pilgrimage

There is a rich heritage in the AG, as well as a wide diversity of people groups. Our Fellowship spans a century and reaches around the globe.

I’ve had the opportunity in my years with the Pentecostal Evangel — because of our partnership with Assemblies of God World Missions on a usually monthly PE World Missions Edition — to travel to numerous countries and meet many of the people in this great family.

Yes, they include some incredible missionaries, people who are giving deeply of themselves in lands that are not their own. I have said frequently that missionaries are my heroes. I believed in missions as a pastor, a missionary evangelist, and, most recently, as a Christian journalist.

But the majority of this Fellowship is made up of people from other nations, where the indigenous churches are thriving and many are sacrificing to be counted followers of Christ. These are my heroes too!

If you’re unable to attend the events this week, I encourage you to unite with the attendees in spirit and pray for God’s outpouring. Especially pray for the people who come from the four corners of the earth, that they will receive a touch from God and a sense of unity that will strengthen and encourage them as they return to their countries to continue ministry.

May the Holy Spirit pour His presence over our globe and send a worldwide revival!

Ken Horn

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