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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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Girls magazine covers the "need to knows"

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 - 3:31 PM CST

Peristeria
Peristeria is a free, online quarterly magazine for teen girls.

Role models, dating, coping with loss, fashion, etiquette, self-image, bullies, health - all from a Christian perspective - makes the national Girls Ministries free quarterly online magazine, Peristeria, not only popular with Christian teen girls, but with their parents as well.

"Teen girls have questions," states Katie Mattiuzzo, creator and editor of Peristeria. "Peristeria offers answers to those questions - and to questions that some girls don't realize they should be asking."

Mattiuzzo says that today's teen girls are hit with a barrage of "popular" messages from magazines, television and the Internet that may be politically correct, but have little to do with being a secure, godly young woman.

"The focus of Peristeria is to provide teens with commonsense, biblically-aligned responses to some of their most pressing questions, but allow them to have some fun as well," Mattiuzzo says. "The goal is to help teens develop into well-rounded, informed, secure, Spirit-filled young women who influence their culture positively rather than allowing culture to influence them negatively."

Candy Tolbert, director of National Girls Ministries, says the response to Peristeria, which premiered in fall 2011, has been overwhelmingly positive as both teens and parents have expressed their love for the magazine.

"We've also heard from leaders in Teen Girl Ministries who regularly use the magazine articles for discussion points and opening up conversations with their girls," Tolbert says. "It really is a wonderful magazine for teen girls, filled with advice you can trust."

To view and download the latest edition - as well as past editions - of the 36-page Peristeria magazine for free, click here.

Authors: Dan Van Veen

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