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With the U.S. Assemblies of God Centennial celebration two weeks away, being held August 5-10, in Springfield, Missouri, registration for the event continues to build. Yet, even though it's the U.S. Assemblies of God celebrating, the overseas AG members are coming in significant numbers to join in the celebration as well as participate in the World AG Congress, being held concurrently.

According to Sheila Mixer, AG Convention Services Group registration coordinator, for those who have pre-registered, so far more than 43 percent are coming from overseas, representing 118 countries!

Mixer expects that by the time the Centennial events begin, there could be as many as 2,000 or more overseas AG representatives attending the events, which include the Centennial celebration, Global Church Planting Summit, and the World AG Congress.

"It's exciting to see such enthusiastic support from Assemblies of God churches overseas," says U.S. AG General Superintendent George O. Wood. "This gathering will truly be a global, once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Wood says there will be nothing like attending the event in person — worshipping God and experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit while standing side-by-side with AG brothers and sisters from around the world - and he encourages all AG members to make every effort to attend. However, for those who are unable to attend, all of the Centennial services will be live-streamed from the event website.

The AG Centennial is being commemorated through a new book that identifies 100 significant moments in AG history. Titled "Moments That Inspire Us to Greater Things," the book is a collection of 100 stories that demonstrate God working in and through the people who make up the Assemblies of God. Included in the book are key missions stories — missions that have resulted in more than 64 million AG overseas adherents, and whose representatives are now coming to help the U.S. Assemblies of God celebrate its centennial.

For more information about the AG Centennial events, including registration information, resources, event schedule and more, see 100.ag.org. To preorder the AG Centennial book, "Moments That Inspire Us to Greater Things," click here.

 


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More than 1,100 volunteer to "give a year"

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 - 3:26 PM CST

Volunteering 1 year
More than 1,000 young people crowd forward to volunteer one year of their lives to missions.

As the third World Missions Summit concluded, students responded, with 1,148 young men and women coming forward to declare their intent to give one year of their lives to missions.

Held December 28-30 at the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention Center, the World Missions Summit was a cooperative effort between Assemblies of God World Missions and Chi Alpha, the AG ministry to college students.

Themed "Because I Care," the summit gave students and other attendees an opportunity to experience what life is like in different countries, worship, eat with a missionary and pray for the nations.

Throughout the conference, the regions of Africa, Northern Asia, Asia Pacific, Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean set up interactive encounters known as Windows to the World so students could experience the smells, textures, noises and sights of that part of the world and learn about opportunities for missions.

Chi Alpha and XAi (Chi Alpha International) also conducted encounters to inform and recruit students to work with American and international students. University of Central Arkansas students, dressed up in circus and carnival costumes, paraded around the convention center urging students to attend the Chi Alpha experience focusing on the American Dream.

"The American Dream is not really what it seems," says Jennifer Schiefer, who is on staff with the University of Central Arkansas Chi Alpha. "The American Dream is rooted in self-provision and in self-service, and you cannot start down the path of self-service and end up at the Cross."

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Thousands worship during the third World Missions Summit.

Those who attended the American Dream experience were ultimately asked to make a series of four life decisions in what was most important to them in life, marriage, legacy and career. At the end, they were given a new pair of glasses and asked if they were willing to trade in their life decisions for a new perspective on the American Dream.

World Missions Summit Co-Director Scott Martin says the summit wasn't only about challenging students with the motto "give a year and pray about a lifetime," but also helping them become selfless and more focused on loving others.

"It was about the circumcision of the hearts and minds of this present university student generation; the cutting away of the fleshliness of a self-absorbed culture," Martin says. "It was about every participant walking away with a knowledge of their responsibility to fulfill Jesus' mandate to reach the lost around the world."

During the Summit, Chi Alpha also announced Feed One (feedone.com), its humanitarian branch and new partnership with Convoy of Hope. "We want to partner with Convoy of Hope to give our students the opportunity to meet the real needs of children and be part of the global movement to eradicate hunger on the planet," says Boston University Campus Pastor Lynn Breitenbach, who earlier joined other campus pastors in Haiti to launch the partnership.

Second-year graduate student Nikki Nuttal from the University of Illinois says the messages given during the summit were different than what she has heard before, calling them blunt and challenging. "This is Jesus. This is the Bible," she says, echoing the tone of the sermons. "This is what it says. Take it or leave it."

American Dream
Chi Alpha presented the "American Dream," where attendees learned that the American Dream isn't all it seems to be.

Kathryn Tetley, a sociology major and junior from the University of Missouri, says God is teaching her about the different ways and opportunities she can serve.

"God's really been testing me on what I am willing to do and what I am going to do," she says.

Eurasia Representative and Vice President of Global Teen Challenge Kevin Tyler says he loves watching the students accept the baton being passed down to them.

"This is the generation that is going to get it done," he says about the students. "You can tell that God is at work."

Authors: Melanie Lynch

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