￼￼In April 2015, our Asia General Presbyter, along with our oversight National Overseer of East Asia, made a planned trip for the purpose of leadership training among an anticipated 30 leaders within this newly organized region. However, upon arrival, they were greeted by not 30, but 77 leaders who had come hungry for ministry training in the Church of God of Prophecy. We praise God for what He is accomplishing in this very challenging area of East Asia.
Each day of the conference was ignited by Spirit-filled, lively worship led by two of our sisters from a nearby village. Afterwards, our General Presbyter began teaching about the history and core values of the Church of God of Prophecy to these 77 pastors, lay leaders, and church staff who were present and representing 22 churches in the various provinces of this area. By the end of the day, many pastors responded in an open discussion and were all amazed with our long history and core values of our church.
The second day of the conference began with vibrant worship once again, resulting in a great time of praying in the Holy Ghost. Our General Presbyter shared on the “Biblical Principles, Beliefs, and Practices of Church of God of Prophecy.” Many of the pastors asked questions; especially on “Tithing and Giving” and “Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage” that our church believes. Afterwards, our visiting National Overseer took the last section of the day and preached on “Unity in the Spirit.” He challenged the 77 attending leaders to be united as “one” and to take “their nation for Jesus.” There was a wonderful time following the message of praying in the Spirit, a word of prophecy, and even visions were received by some of these leaders. Our pastor and mission coordinator for this region began to share about the vision of Ezekiel 37. He said that the “dry bones” speak of churches within this nation of East Asia who need the breath of the Holy Spirit to unite the people to become an army who will take this nation for Jesus.
After praise and worship on the third morning, our General Presbyter took the first section sharing more in-depth on the two subjects discussed previously, “Tithing and Offerings” and “Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage.” Pastors and leaders who were facing and experiencing similar problems in their own churches raised more questions on these two subjects. Our General Presbyter did marvelously by biblically answering every one of their questions posed.
Our visiting National Overseer took the second section and shared on the subjects of “The Power of Vision” and “Don’t Let Your Dream and Vision Die.” He gave the vision for the ministry within this oppressed nation, sharing the importance of our three core values—prayer, evangelism, and leader- ship development training—by encouraging the church to adopt these core values to fulfill the vision of reaching this nation for Jesus.
- Touching all provinces, major populated cities, and regions within this nation with the message of God’s ever- lasting love and salvation.
- Reaching the harvest of billions of souls by conducting revival meetings and biblical services.
- To build biblical training institutions that will equip, empower, and train leaders to preach the Gospel.
In the afternoon, he continued sharing on “Humility and Servant-Heart Leadership,” afterwards sharing on “Washing the Saints’ Feet Ministry.” Our General Presbyter and visiting National Overseer began to wash the feet of these attending pastors and workers. The Spirit of God was moving powerfully in this meeting, and many started weeping because it was their first experience of having their feet washed. The female pastors and lay leaders were crying and being blessed as they were washing each others’ feet as well.
After this time of washing feet, the key pastor spoke in their native East Asian language encouraging all of them to officially join the Church of God of Prophecy. All of them received fellow- ship as members by repeating the Church Membership Covenant. May God be praised through each one of these brothers and sisters as they continue reaching their specific areas of this nation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Among the 22 churches represented in this leadership conference, four senior pastors were chosen to form a counsel leadership group for overseeing all of the churches in this vast nation. A time of prayer was given at the altar, as our General Presbyter and visiting National Overseer prayed over these selected leaders. The service ended with joy and many others came forward for prayer as well.
￼Even though the following day was a holiday, we had our first “Council Leadership Group Meeting.” Many things were discussed during this time together— with one pastor offering property to be used as our Central Church Office, and another pastor accepting the responsibility to assist the appointed Ministry Coordinator for this nation—who is the visiting National Overseer serving with our General Presbyter in this conference.
The next day we all took a day of rest enjoying some site-seeing of popular and famous places which were nearby. On our last day of conference together, the General Presbyter preached at one of our local churches.
During this special service, he ordained 4 deacons, 6 souls accepted Christ as their Savior, and 7 born- again believers decided to be water baptized while we were together. The general manager of the hotel where we were meeting graciously accommodated us for the water baptismal service. It was an amazing sight to witness many of these attendees also being baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
Truly our hearts were filled to overflowing as we witnessed all that God was doing among us. It was indeed a difficult task for the General Presbyter and visiting National Overseer to depart this group and return to their homes in other areas of the world. Please do remember these new leaders in your daily prayers as they continue boldly and courageously penetrating this nation with the Gospel of Jesus. These brothers and sisters not only will need your sustaining prayers for their ministry to continue going forward and being salt and light in this dark place, but they will also need God’s divine protection and provision as well. Your prayers will truly make a marvelous difference throughout the nation of East Asia, and we deeply appreciate and thank you for continued prayers on
their behalf. We serve a mighty God Who is doing great things in these Last Days. He is worthy of all the glory, honor, and praise.
Just as Peter and John spoke boldly in the account of Acts, may our great God grant the same holy boldness and courage for our brothers and sisters who are sacrificing their lives in this nation to reach souls for the Kingdom. Act 4:18-31 (NIV), “Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old. On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:” ‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the peopleof Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”
￼￼This is your opportunity to invest in the seed planting taking place within this nation.
As with any new nation, there are great needs in getting the ministry established. Your prayers are vital, and gifts of love are certainly appreciated to impact East Asia. Won’t you join us in prayers and giving to promote the Gospel thrust going forward within this nation? Individuals can contribute through Helping Hand, and local churches through Harvest Partners Project Giving.
Please designate your financial gifts as:
East Asia—Ministry Support
Harvest Partners Ministry
If you are interested in financially contributing to the ministry in this nation, you may do so through Harvest Partners Ministry. ￼￼All gifts are tax deductible and 100% of your gift is applied to the need you so specify. Gifts may be given online or by mailing:
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Harvest Partners Ministry
Church of God of Prophecy International Offices
PO Box 2910
Cleveland, TN 37320-2910