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AG World Missions Executive Director Greg Mundis in Sri Lanka.

The U.S. Assemblies of God is not the only AG celebrating its centennial this year.

More than 22,000 people gathered at a rugby stadium to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Pentecostal missionaries who came to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) in 1914, the same year the U.S. Assemblies of God was founded.

Thousands travelled long distances at great personal sacrifice to attend the event despite extreme persecution by religious extremists. Across the country, more than 200 AG churches have been attacked and vandalized, and some have been burned. A number of pastors have been physically beaten and even martyred.

AGWM Executive Director Greg Mundis spoke at the event encouraging pastors to continue to persevere in proclaiming the gospel and establishing more churches. He says, "I was overwhelmed by God's work in Sri Lanka and by the passion believers had to be together to celebrate! They are putting everything - themselves, their families, everything - on the line to spread the gospel. They are modern-day living martyrs. It was humbling."

Dishan Wickramaratne, general superintendent of the Sri Lanka AG and pastor of Peoples Church, a congregation of more than 8,000 in Colombo, the nation's capital, will be speaking at the centennial celebration of the U.S. Assemblies of God in Springfield, Missouri, on August 9.

Recently Pastor Wickramaratne said, "When persecution has increased, we remember what one of our pastors said, 'If our faith is good enough to live for, it's good enough to die for.'"

To view pictures from the Sri Lanka celebration, see the AG World Missions article.


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Sara Groves performs at White House

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 - 3:05 PM CST

President Obama hosted his third annual Easter Prayer Breakfast at The White House on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Nearly 150 members of the clergy from across the nation gathered in the East Room for the breakfast.

Among those invited to attend the President's breakfast was Dove Award-winning Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Sara Groves, who performed "He's Always Been Faithful." Her husband, Troy, was also in attendance.

Groves has deep roots in the Assemblies of God - her great-grandmother was part of the Azusa Street revival, and her great-grandfather was an early AG superintendent.

Groves and her husband graduated from Evangel University in 1994 and 1993, respectively. Her father, Dwight Colbaugh, another alum, currently teaches theology at Evangel. Her mother, Nancy Colbaugh, also graduated from Evangel.

For more information about Sara Groves, click here.

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