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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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Nudity increases on broadcast networks

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 - 2:49 PM CST

A Parents Television Council study has found a huge increase in the number of incidents of full nudity on broadcast networks during the 2011-12 season compared to the year before. A PTC analysis discovered a 407 percent increase in full-frontal nudity.

During the 2011-12 season, 76 incidents of full nudity occurred on 37 shows, compared to 15 cases on 14 programs a year earlier. Only five of the shows carried an "S" descriptor alerting parents to explicit adult content.

"Broadcasters are unashamedly and without warning, exposing families and children to graphic images," states Candy Tolbert, Assemblies of God Girls Ministries director. "So, one must wonder what the motivation is?"

The research also showed a trend in how the networks treat the nudity. In most cases in 2010-12, black bars hid body parts. But in the recently concluded season, three-fourths of the images were blurred or pixilated.

"We have seen a concerted effort on the part of the networks to constantly push the outer limit of what may be considered appropriate for the broadcast medium," says PTC President Tim Winter. "They are aggressively pursuing a dangerous agenda to completely obliterate any remaining television taboos."

More than half - 35 - of the 64 occurrences of frontal nudity were on NBC. ABC had the second most with 17.

Authors: Pentecostal Evangel and AG News


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