Thousands Attending Assemblies of God Centenniel Celebration

Published 08/05 2014 06:02PM

Updated 08/05 2014 07:24PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Church members from 120 nations are gathering at JQH Arena for the Assemblies of God Centennial Celebration.  The event kicks off today and goes through Sunday, August 10th.

Ten thousand people are expected to attend this weeks event in Springfield, and about 67 million people from around the globe are expected to participate.

The 7th International Assemblies of God Congress is hosted every three years in a different country. This year, it is hosted in the United States -- here in Springfield, Missouri.

"It's a great celebration of our church which is bringing in delegates from all over the world and all across America," says Dr. George Wood, the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God.  "There is a strong focus on Evangelism - sharing the good word of Jesus Christ with those who don't know him," says Dr. Wood.

"Between 25,000 to 30,000 Springfieldians would identify with an Assemblies of God congregation," says Dr. Wood. 

Thousands of local people are coming to this event.  Plus, thousands of international people will be in attendance. 

"People coming from Mongolia, from China, from all over Africa.  They are coming from Malasia, coming from Europe, Switzerland, France, Italy.  A good delegation from India," says Dr. Wood.  Close to 3,000 hotel rooms in the Springfield area are booked this week.

Pastor David Mohan is one of the delegates from India. He pastors a church of 50,000 in India. 

"All people come together and they see the greatness of Jesus .. how he has worked among different countries, different ethnic groups different cultures, but they come as a body of Christ here, and celebrate it.  It's a wonderful thing," says Mohan.

"It's been a remarkable stretch of growth for Assemblies of God," says Dr. Wood. 

There have been 24 straight years of growth in the United States.  

"We're starting about one new church a day in the United States," says Dr. Wood.  He tells us the reason for this growth.  "A committment to the authority of scripture, a committment to the centrality of Jesus Christ, a commitment to the work of the Holy Spirit," says Wood.

It is not too late to register to attend daytime sessions.  Evening services are open to the public and don't require registration. You can watch a livestream of this event online. 

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