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
During this generation?
There was a strong desire to evangelize the world during the generation living at the end of the 19.
century. Although that vision was not entirely fulfilled it contributed strongly to world missions activities. Actually, the birth of the Pentecostalism can be seen as one fruit of that vision.
The first bigger breakthroughs in the Protestant mission history were among the animistic and formal Christian traditions especially in Africa and Latin America. Some success was taken place also in Buddhist and Hindu contexts in Asia. The collapse of the Iron curtain in the last century paved the way for revivals in former communist countries at the end of that century. We can see a bigger breakthrough starting in the Islamic world now.
The gravity of the Christianity was changed because of the former mentioned breakthroughs. It is now in the South. The Pentecostal-Charismatic influence for that is unquestionable. However, there is still an unfinished task. Every people group, every language! Still 7000 people groups, still over 2000 languages! It is not a time to slacken! We need to be more united to finish the task our Lord has given to us. That is why we have been tightening the collaboration between WAGF and PWF in world missions. Therefore, we will be together in the Mission Congress in Medellin, Colombia in 2022. We have inspiring experiences already from the former gatherings like this.
The generation Z (born 1997-2012) is on the way to take their place in world missions. In 2030 they are about 40 percentage of the world population. What kind of vision they will have concerning world missions? Now is the time to influence to that. In Medellin, in our countries, in our churches. The young people in Jesus’ team changed the world by their message. That can happen in our time as well. Medellin is a step towards that.
Dr. Arto Hämäläinen
Chairman of the World Missions Commission (WMC) of the Pentecostal World Fellowship (PWF)
The benchmark missionary par excellence throughout our history and in the vast universe is our Lord Jesus Christ, who accepted being sent to earth to evangelize through His message of love to absolutely all unreached communities on the face of the earth.
The Lord, with his example, has left us an indeclinable command, an imperative mandate: to go to all the world in order to proclaim the liberating truth of the human race through a message of love and the preaching of the gospel of Christ.
In this World Missions Congress, we will be inspired, through testimonies, presentations and sermons, to continue fulfilling the Divine Mandate, even more so in this crucial time of anxiety, false values and spiritual skepticism.
Let us pray to the Lord so that our spirit receives the revelation that comes from the Lord through each activity carried out within the framework of this transcendental event that summons our exponential leadership of the Assemblies of God worldwide.
Surely, our Lord God will bless our directors and organizers as well as each of the participants for our efforts and interest shown by the World Congress of the Assemblies of God.
We declare the biblical expression: “How wonderful and pleasant it is to be together in harmony” (Psalm 133:1! In this way the Lord sends blessings in abundance! It is for this reason and with the aim of seeing a world full of the knowledge of the glory of God, that we are waiting with open arms for you in Medellín, Colombia 2022!
Welcome to Colombia!
Assemblies of God, Colombia