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The popularity of the Assemblies of God Centennial services, held August 5-10, were unprecedented for any U.S. Assemblies of God event. Through broadcast, live-stream and simulcast, millions of people tuned in to view the services.

According to Africa's LMTV, more than 40 million viewers tuned in to watch its Centennial broadcasts, while the Spanish network, Unsión, broadcast reached viewers throughout Central and South America. The viewership of the Centennial special on TBN is not known, but TBN reaches millions of viewers each week.

In an effort to join AG churches thorughout the U.S. to the Sunday evening celebration, the Centennial finale featured a live simulcast. 

"We had more than 1,000 simulcast sites signed up to participate in Sunday evening's celebration service," Dr. George O. Wood, AG general superintendent, says. "This represented an estimated 50,000 participants in addition to the thousands in attendance and those watching by live-stream online."

And the popularity of the services continues. Since the conclusion of the Centennial, thousands of people have viewed or downloaded the services from the archived collection found on the 100.ag.org website.

"There has been a great interest in the archived messages," states Lucas Cornwell, media technology analyst at the AG national offices. "If people want to watch or share these videos, they can do so via the 100.ag.org website." 

Cornwell says that a few of the messages receiving strong interest include Sunday evening's concluding service with Dick Brogden, the presentation of The Human Right movement, and the message from South Korea General Superintendent Yong Mok Cho.

For news stories, in both English and Spanish, see the Centennial website and click on the "News" tab or click on "Español" at the top of the page for the news tab in Spanish. In addition, the Jason Frenn and Juan Carlos Escobar services, feature translation, in Spanish and English.


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This week in AG history -- January 15, 1916

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 - 2:17 PM CST

Early Assemblies of God publications regularly identified missions as central to the identity of the church. The January 15, 1916, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel included the following admonition to future generations of Pentecostals:

"It is of the greatest importance that the Pentecostal people retain their missionary zeal. A missionary church is a praying church, a paying church, and a church on fire for God and souls. May the missionary spirit increase among us."

Read the article, "Special Notice to Missionaries," on page 12 of the January 15, 1916, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.

Also featured in this issue:

* "Manifestations of the Holy Spirit in Post-Apostolic Times," by William G. Schell

* "Tongues in History," by B. F. Lawrence

And many more!

Click here to read this issue now.

Pentecostal Evangel archived editions courtesy of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center. For current editions of the Evangel, click here.

Authors: Darrin Rodgers

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