And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. (Joel 2:28)
If you watch the news, you may have the perspective that the world is experiencing suffering, pain and warfare. Those realities are certainly true, but I want to point out a different reality that is expanding rapidly on the earth: the reality of the Kingdom of God.
Nations that have previously been totally unreached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ are exploding with church growth. I've had the privilege and honor of visiting these countries to minister, and I have seen the desire and the passion that people have for God. They are willing to stand for hours, travel for days, and gather in tight crowds to hear the Word of God because they are hungry for truth, freedom and the love of God. And He is responding by touching hearts and revealing truth to millions of men, women and children who are being set free, all over the world.
There are 5 "hot spots" I want to highlight, where the Church is growing exponentially. Hundreds of thousands are being touched with the glory of God, and we are seeing the beginnings of a global harvest. It's no coincidence that all five of these countries are ranked in the top ten largest countries in the world by population. God is touching every nation through people and societies with reach and influence.
China has a population of over one billion people, a rapidly expanding economy, and a role as a major exporter of global goods. It also has one of the fastest growing churches in the world. Twenty percent of the governing political party is born-again, permeating the very fabric of society with the values of the Gospel. (Photo of Beijing, China)
I recently arrived home from a trip to Beijing and Shanghai, where I frequently visit to minister and train leaders. God called me to China over forty years ago in a vision, so I have carried this country on my heart for most of my life. It has been amazing to see the transformation and rapid growth of the Church and to see leaders rise up to empower the next generation.
Recently, a shift in perspective towards Christianity as beneficial to the economy has resulted in an increasing openness to the Gospel, although persecution still exists. As WLI (Wagner Leadership Institute) China, we are able to touch thousands upon thousands of Chinese Believers through education and training Chinese leadership.
Please pray for Believers who are experiencing persecution in the form of economic and vocational marginalization.
India is the second largest populated nation in the world, next to China. It is a nation of incredible range and diversity of religion, language and ethnic makeup, with approximately 2,300 ethnic groups considering difference in religion, cultural makeup and economic status. India is another nation God has called me to serve, and HIM (Harvest International Ministry) has a significant presence in this nation.
I want to highlight one incredibly courageous mover and shaker, Leanna Cinquanta, who is a member of HIM, a catalyzer of faith, and a leader of a major apostolic movement in India. The vision is that by the year 2020, India would be 20% Christian, which would mean well over 200 million born-again Believers, considering the current population is over one billion people. As of now, the movement has grown to 25,000 churches. (Photo via Che Ahn)
Leanna is a leader who has unlocked a major key in seeing rapid, indigenous Church growth: she pours into local church leaders and empowers them to lead and pastor movements. The results have been astounding, and extremely effective. Right now, for example, their ministry has made major inroads into alleviating injustice in Northern India. The captives are being set free, and God is moving in bringing justice to this nation. Isaiah 61:1 says:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.
Truly, we are seeing the fulfillment of this prophecy in India!
Please pray for Leanna, as she carries major influence in this nation. Pray also for laborers to be sent to the harvest; there is a great need there for ministry and service to the growing number of Believers and churches.
My spiritual mentor and father, Peter Wagner, believed that Brazil would be the first nation where the majority of the population is born-again. Right now, 40% of people in Brazil are authentic Believers in Christ. Brazil is in the midst of revival! Recently, I went to Sao Paulo with Shawn Bolz and Rabbi Jason Sobel (both members of HIM) and ministered at a church pastored by a third generation Japanese-Brazilian. At 20,000 members, this church was considered small; in Brazil it is not uncommon to find churches of 25,000-75,000 people! (Photo via Che Ahn)
Biblically and historically, there are three recognizable signs of revival: first, awakening in the Church, where Believers repent and turn to their first love; second, unbelievers get saved in massive numbers; and third, reformation of society takes place, for example with the Second Great Awakening in America. Brazil is currently in the second stage of revival: unbelievers are getting saved, but they have yet to enter the transformative third stage.
Please pray for the discipleship of all new Believers, and for leaders to rise up in integrity in the Brazilian Church.
God is moving powerfully all throughout the continent of Africa. We are seeing miraculous transformation take place in Kenya with HIM; and in Mozambique, Heidi Baker has seen 25,000 churches planted, along with signs, wonders and miracles. But one nation I want to highlight is Nigeria, particularly a Nigerian apostolic network called the Redeemed Church of God. Just to give you an idea of their size and reach, every year they host a gathering in Lagos, Nigeria with 4-5 million people!
This incredible church-planting network has started 2,000 churches in the U.S. alone, and has penetrated nations all over Europe and the rest of the world with the Gospel. They lead the largest church in the United Kingdom with 15,000 people. Although the majority of members are Nigerian, they are reaching out and penetrating diverse communities with their radical devotion and worship of God. Many Nigerian football players and basketball players are coming into Europe and evangelizing those around them. I believe that these Nigerian churches may be the answer to apathy and lack of passion in what was once a vibrant Christian community. (Photo via Che Ahn)
Please pray for Nigerian churches to effectively impact surrounding communities with the message of the Kingdom of God.
Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim nation by population, but the majority of adherents in this country are not intensely devout or educated about Islam, providing fertile ground for the Gospel. The Church is exploding in this nation, and over 20% of Indonesia is now born-again. Indonesians are Spirit-filled Believers, hungry for God and for the power of prayer.
Many of you know that I have been involved with TheCall (massive prayer gatherings aimed at transforming society and culture) with Lou Engle for many years. When we hosted TheCall Indonesia, we had to rent out six soccer stadiums just to accommodate all the attendees. Furthermore, the entire event was paid for in advance by generous businessmen and donors who saw the necessity and the power of corporate prayer in their nation. With the exception of AzusaNow in April of this year, it was the only event with TheCall that was entirely paid off before the date of the event. I am excited about the prospect of radical prayer rising up from a nation that is known to many as "the largest Muslim nation in the world."
Please pray for Indonesia, specifically for the Christians in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. For the first time in history, the governor of Jakarta is a Spirit-filled Believer. However, he has been falsely accused of saying something to desecrate the Quran, and as a result, people are rioting and asking for his removal. Pray for protection, peace and for the strengthening of the Indonesian Church in the midst of trial.
God is Moving
When we consider how God is moving on the earth today, in many nations that were once totally unreached with the Gospel, we can't help but be expectant and hungry for what's to come. I believe that the global Bride of Christ is walking into a fullness of identity and power in the Holy Spirit like never before. As I witness what is happening in these five "hot spots" for revival, I am continuing to contend for an invasion of Heaven on earth in the United States as well. I am expectant that this wave of Revival will result in reformation and transformation like nothing we've ever seen before.
And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 40:5)
Go deeper! I believe that feeding yourself with testimonies of God's power, faithfulness and goodness is key to staying in a place of hunger for revival in our own nation. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)
Ché Ahn and his wife, Sue, are the Founding Pastors of HRock Church in Pasadena, California. Ché serves as the Founder and President of Harvest International Ministry (HIM) and the International Chancellor of Wagner Leadership Institute (WLI). With a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, he has played a key role in many strategic outreaches on local, national and international levels. He has written more than a dozen books and travels extensively throughout the world, bringing apostolic insight with an impartation of renewal, healing and evangelism.
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January 5-13, 2017
Hosted by: Dr. Hong
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January 13-16, 2017
HIM Prophetic Destiny Conference
131 St. John Ave., Pasadena CA 91104
February 16-18, 2017
Hosted By: Pastor Isaac Masuyama
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