“The fifth WAGF World Missions Congress is to be held in Medellin, Colombia, Sept. 27-30, 2022. In the previous four World Missions Congresses there were over 4,800 delegates from over 100 countries. It is our sincere expectation that in Madrid there will over 100 countries represented, but all at one time,
It is a part of the vision of the WAGF Missions Commission, as well as the WAGF Executive Council, that every General Council of the Assemblies of God around the world have a missions vision and missions sending program or structure. We know that in this strategic harvest the Lord is truly answering our prayer, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth workers into His Harvest.” (Luke 10:2).
God is calling workers not only from the traditional senders, such as Western Europe, North America, and Oceania, but also today from Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
I look forward to seeing you in Medellin. I believe it is an event that has a divine purpose.”
Dr. George Wood
Chairman, World Assemblies of God Fellowship
How impacting it was to have 92 nations represented in Madrid in 2018, in our last World Congress. The fruit from that event continues to reverberate throughout the world, as many countries caught a vision for the first time and were impacted by the Holy Spirit.
We look forward to Colombia 2022, in Medellin, our 6th World Missions Congress of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship. It is our desire that the Holy Spirit would speak to us and convict us of our challenge and task in this eleventh-hour harvest. Several of our Assemblies of God works around the globe have celebrated their 100th anniversary in these past few years. It has been a time of looking back and appreciating the vision of the first churches and missionaries who had a passion to touch the entire world. Part of that vision took place in the United States, where in Hot Springs, Arkansas, 300 people boldly believed their vision would impact nations. It is likely that many of them if they could see us today, would find it hard to believe that their vision truly came to pass.
Yet it is our belief that the start of this second century of the Assemblies of God is where a new purpose and impact can emerge: that the many great churches raised up in the “global south” and non-west, would also embrace that vision and see themselves today not just as “receivers,” but as ordained and anointed senders. The Great Commission was never given to the West or the wealthy. And indeed most of the early pioneers were not wealthy, but made great sacrifice to go as well as those also did who sent them. Truly today God is raising up an spiritual workforce for this eleventh-hour harvest, from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Of course the Spirit continues to call from the West. God is not done with Western Europe, North America, and Oceania. But a handful of nations are not and will not be capable of bringing in this great harvest awaiting us.
Only with the Spirit’s leading, vision, and empowering of the 90% of the world that are “new senders and goers,” will God’s purpose be fulfilled. We believe this congress will make a historical impact on that process. Thank you for willingness to come to Medellin. If we can assist you in any way or with any question, please let us know.
Chairman, WAGF Missions Commission
It will be a Kairos-moment in missions history when we are gathering at Madrid in 2018. That will be the first ever joint missions congress of PWF and WAGF. The big change in gravity of the Christianity to the Southern hemisphere is caused strongly by the Pentecostal impact. The fastest growing churches are often Pentecostal. A growing number of missionaries are sent from the Pentecostal churches around the world. New forces are coming especially from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The focus is more on the unreached people groups in the world. We aim to finalize the task in preaching the gospel to all ethnic groups.
On this moment we are showing the power of the Pentecostal cooperation in joining hands at Madrid as PWF and WAGF Pentecostals. The fulfillment of the Great Commission is not impossible. As united Pentecostal front that is coming closer and closer. Jesus was praying that we would be united to help the world to believe in him. Madrid is the manifestation of that kind of unity.
Let the Madrid congress be inspiring and mobilizing event! The old sending continent may serve as a launching base for new mission initiatives and actions.
Dr. Arto Hämäläinen
Chairman of World Missions Commission of PWF
The World Assemblies of God Fellowship normally holds its World Congress every three years in various locations. The previous congresses have been: Seoul, Korea (1993), Sao Paulo, Brazil (1996), Indianapolis, IN, USA (2000), Sydney (2005), Lisbon (2008), Chennai, India (2011), Springfield, MO, USA (2014), and Singapore (2017). Madrid (2020) was postponed to 2023 because of the Covid pandemic.
Besides these congresses, there have been 5 World Missions Congresses.
They have been:
2007: Buenos Aires, Argentina (in conjunction with the third Latin America Missions Congress)
2011: Manila, Philippines
2013: Cancun, Mexico (in conjunction with the fifth Latin America Missions Congress, which had 1100 delegates from 60 countries)
2015: Bangkok, Thailand
2018: Madrid, Spain
In Bangkok it was decided to have the World Missions Congress every three years. The congress in Colombia was originally scheduled for Sept. 2021, but was postponed a year because of the Covid pandemic.
This congress is being co-sponsored by the Pentecostal World Fellowship Missions Commission
The Pentecostal World Fellowship also has had congresses every three years going back to 1947 in Zurich. Including that one, it has had a total of 24 congresses. Recent ones include Los Angeles (2001), Johannesburg (2004), Surabaya, Indonesia (2007), Stockholm (2010), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2013), Sao Paulo, Brazil. (2016), and Calgary, Canada. (2019)
The PWF World Missions Commission was established in 2005, and since that there has been a world missions special program connected to the Pentecostal World Conference.
In Colombia we will have a joint PWF and WAGF co-sponsorship of the mission congress for the second time, the first being in Madrid.
Medellin is a vibrant tourist city that is popular through South America and much of the world because of it’s year long spring like climate.
Colombia as well is considered a “bridge” between Central and South America.
As well, our world congresses have been rotating between different regions of the world. Colombia is an ideal location within Latin America, and is also close to the United States for flight connections, as well as having their own airline, Avianca.
We feel that Colombia 2022 will be a historical event that will impact the world. In Cancun 2013 we had 60 countries present and in Bangkok in 2015 70 countries. In Madrid there were 92 countries. It is our goal to have 100 countries present in Colombia 2022. We invite you to be part of history!