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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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Allen appointed to lead LFTL; Greene steps down

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 - 8:29 AM CST

Rick Allen
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Rick Allen, a nationally-appointed U.S. Assemblies of God missionary, has been appointed by the Executive Presbytery as the new national director of Light for the Lost effective January 1, 2013.

Allen is currently a national church consultant with Healthy Church Network and has played a significant role in the development of the Acts 2 Church model. Previously he served as the district church enrichment director of the Arkansas District Council in a mentoring ministry. He has also served as a senior pastor at churches in Arkansas and Tennessee as well as a youth pastor in Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee.

"Rick has a servant's heart coupled with a passion for reaching the lost," says Assistant General Superintendent Alton Garrison, who oversees AG Church Ministries. "I believe he will creatively and effectively guide Light for the Lost in continuing its powerful ministry around the world."

Allen will be succeeding Tom Greene, the national director for Light for the Lost and Men's Ministries for the past 8 years.

Greene, who previously served as the national Youth Ministries director for a total of 5 years (1997-98, 2001-05), has served with distinction, Garrison says.

"Tom brought his energy and expertise in guiding youth seamlessly into leading our Fellowship's men," Garrison states, "and his leadership of Light for the Lost has been tremendous. We pray the Lord provides even greater opportunities for Tom's gifted ministry in the future."

General Superintendent George O. Wood echoes Garrison's statement. "Tom has provided highly adept and passionate leadership to several ministry areas of the national offices," Wood says. "His clarity of vision, selfless sacrifices and skilled ministry are just a few of his remarkable leadership qualities. He will be missed."

"I am thoroughly excited for the opportunity to continue to blaze the trail for Light for the Lost," says Allen, who will retain his status as a U.S. missionary. "Tom Greene has given great vision and leadership to LFTL over the last eight years, and it is an honor to accept the torch from him. I look forward to partnering with national and district LFTL teams as we endeavor to reach the lost.

"I am praying and trusting God to give guidance and wisdom for the journey ahead of us," Allen continues. "I am grateful and blessed to join this amazing ministry of evangelism to reach people around the world and across your street with the gospel of Jesus Christ."

For more information on LFTL, click here. To learn more about National Men's Ministries, see men.ag.org.

Authors: Dan Van Veen

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