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Greg Mundis
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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Arnett chosen to lead Zion Bible College

Wed, 10 Oct 2012 - 3:19 PM CST

Dr. David Arnett
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The Board of Trustees of Zion Bible College in Haverhill, Massachusetts, has announced that Dr. David Arnett has been selected as the school's new president-elect.

Arnett is currently serving as the vice president for Academic Affairs (Chief Academic Officer) at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, as well as professor of Homiletics, Pastoral Ministries, Theology and Bible. He holds a BA degree from Central Bible College and an MA and D. Min. from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

Having served in churches in New Mexico, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri, Arnett has also planted eight churches and a Christian Academy. He travels extensively preaching and teaching. His wife Kathy is currently serving as the executive director for Alumni Relations for CBC.

"My wife and I are excited about this opportunity as it follows the call of God on my life - to train and prepare ministers, missionaries and Pentecostal workers for the local church," Arnett says. "Zion has a beautiful campus and has potential for expansion and growth coupled with a vision to reach the world."

Arnett will follow current president, Dr. Charles Crabtree. Crabtree, the former assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, announced earlier this year that he will retire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Since his election as president four years ago, Crabtree has led in doubling the school's enrollment from 200 to 400 students and is preparing to add a master's degree program. "I must give credit to President Charles Crabtree," Arnett says. "He has done an amazing job in his tenure."

The inauguration of Dr. Arnett will take place in conjunction with ZBC's graduation day, May 10, 2013, at Zion Bible College.

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