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Bishop Grabovenko
Bishop Grabovenko

Dr. George O. Wood, U.S. Assemblies of God general superintendent, has issued a call to prayer for suffering and persecuted believers this week, September 15-22.

The call to prayer originated with Bishop Edward Grabovenko, the head bishop of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith (a member of the World AG Fellowship) calling for churches in Russia, Ukraine, and throughout the world to fast and pray this week. Grabovenko urged, "It is not our intent to support anyone's point of view but our desire is to restore the unity in Christ who has all the answers..." He requested prayers for God's peace and unity among believers for the region.

Dr. Wood joined Grabovenko's request for the week of prayer, expanding its focus to the suffering and persecuted believers in other regions of the world, including the extreme persecution of Christians in Iraq as well as the crisis in West Africa and the deadly Ebola outbreak.

The prayer list includes:

Ukraine — Pray for an end to the violent conflict in Ukraine and for divine protection over church leaders and missionaries.

Iraq — Pray that the horrific persecution inflicted by ISIS will cease and that God's love and salvation will prevail.

West Africa — Pray for God's sovereign intervention in Africa, particularly among AG pastors and believers affected by the Ebola outbreak.

To view the Call to Prayer video featuring Dr. Wood and Dr. Mundis, click this link. To see the Spanish version, click here.

 

 


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AG and COGIC Leaders Gather in Historic Meeting

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 - 1:51 AM CST

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Leadership from the Assemblies of God and Church of God in Christ gather on the main steps of the AG national offices. COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, center front left; AG General Superintendent George O. Wood, center front right.

This week Assemblies of God executive leadership hosted the executive leadership of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) at the AG national office in Springfield, Missouri. The historic meeting marks the first time the full leadership of these Pentecostal movements — two of the largest in the U.S. — have gathered specifically to dialogue together.

Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, expressed his great pleasure in the COGIC acceptance of the invitation. He also warmly welcomed the executive leadership as well as local COGIC leaders and members to the Tuesday chapel service held at the national office each week. 

During the chapel service, Wood explained that the Assemblies of God and COGIC were children of the Azusa Street revival — citing that it was COGIC's Presiding Bishop C. H. Mason who personally attended the first General Council in 1914 and blessed the Assemblies of God as it was being formed. Wood reflected sorrowfully on the separation that occurred because of the racial culture at that time in America, when culture shaped the church into racial division rather than the Bible. The coming together of COGIC and AG leadership in a historic-time dialogue represents another step in the healing of a rift that occurred long ago.

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COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr. speaking at the weekly AG chapel service.

Current COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr., who also pastors the 24,000-member West Angeles COGIC in Los Angeles, then addressed the chapel attendees. He shared a brief but passionate message based on Acts, encouraging listeners to follow Paul's example in thanking God during and after life's storms. To view Bishop Blake's full message, click here.

In addition to Bishop Blake, other top COGIC leadership who came from across the country for the meetings included:  First Assistant Presiding Bishop Philip A. Brooks, Second Assistant Presiding Bishop Jerry W. Macklin, Bishop J. Drew Sheard (general board member), Financial Secretary Frank Anthone White, General Secretary Joel Harley Lyles Jr., Missions President Carlis L. Moody, Chairman of Auxiliaries in Ministry Lindwood Dillard Jr., and Chief Operation Officer James W. Smith.

"This is a wonderful day," Wood said, prior to entering additional meetings with the COGIC leadership. "Meeting with our like-minded brothers from the Church of God in Christ is something we and the leadership of COGIC have longed to do for years, and now it has finally happened!"

For more information about the Church of God in Christ, see its website.

 

Authors: Dan Van Veen

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