Haystack 2006

The Haystack Prayer Meeting in 1806 on the Williams College campus (Massachusetts, USA) is still impacting the worldwide student missions movement.Read more…

Prayer and Revival

When we look at the history of revival there is one common denominator: there was some person or some group of people praying and agonizing to birth the revival.Read more…

AFRICA

After nearly five years in the making, the first Bible commentary to be produced in Africa by African scholars has been published. The African Bible Commentary (ABC) is a two thousand-page commentary that includes a section-by-section interpretation of the BibleRead more…

AROUND THE WORLD

This year marks several significant missions anniversaries, says missions expert Paul Borthwick. One hundred years ago the Azusa Street Revival in California, USA, began. This launched the modern Pentecostal movement. Two hundred years ago the Haystack Prayer Meeting was heldRead more…

AROUND THE WORLD

Caleb Project, a ministry which creates materials, programs and curricula for those involved in mission, and ACMC (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment), a ministry which uses conferences, consultation and resources to equip local churches for outreach, have joined forces. TheRead more…

ASIA

Royal Rangers, an Assemblies of God ministry for boys, is experiencing growth in Asian Pacific countries such as Malaysia, which has twenty outposts, and Singapore, which has eleven outposts. Jim Guneratnam, national Royal Rangers program coordinator for Malaysia, contributes theRead more…

EUROPE

Ted Noble, president of Greater Europe Mission (GEM), has announced that he will step down from the post effective June 2007. Noble has served in this position since 1992 after serving for four years as executive vice president of FoodRead more…

JAMAICA

Rev. Karl Johnson, general secretary of the Jamaica Baptist Union, was elected president of the Jamaica Council of Churches, the largest and most prominent ecumenical body in the country. Johnson succeeds Rev. Philip Robinson, a Methodist. Johnson is also chairRead more…

JAPAN

The Christian population in Japan has remained at around one percent of the country’s population since 1549, when Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier arrived, says a professor of the sociology of religion at Tokyo’s Roman Catholic Sophia University. “But the youngRead more…

LATIN AMERICA

Latin America Library Services (LALS), a ministry under the support of Assemblies of God World Missions, recently posted its new bilingual website, which offers valuable resources for Bible school librarians, administrators, pastors and missionaries. The bilingual format serves both SpanishRead more…

MIDDLE EAST

The number of people responding to SAT-7 broadcasts in the Middle East is up two hundred percent from 2005. Much of this is the result of Ì¢‰âÒA Very Happy Marriage,Ì¢‰âÂå a program which encourages husbands and wives to dialogue withRead more…

NIGERIA

A new bachelor of arts translation degree program has been launched by the Theological College of Northern Nigeria to train Africans for Bible translation. Dr. David Crozier, a Wycliffe Bible Translator member, is serving as head of the college’s BibleRead more…

SCOTLAND

Dr. Fred Drummond, who has served as a Church of Scotland minister in Perth for fifteen years, began his post as head of the Scottish Evangelical Alliance 1 July. Concerned that Scotland is becoming an increasingly fragmented society, Drummond hopesRead more…

SPAIN

Nearly 450 Mennonites from ten different countries attended the 2006 Mennonite European Regional Conference 25-28 May in Barcelona. Ì¢‰âÒFreedom is Commitment: Living the Will of God,Ì¢‰âÂå the theme of this year’s gathering, was the first time in its thirty-year historyRead more…

GERMANY

In the face of declining income and loss of members, the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), the country’s main Protestant umbrella, is proposing sweeping organizational changes, including cutting the number of pastors by a quarter over the next twenty-five years.Read more…

An Overview of Northeast/East Asia

(Editor’s Note: Our new Peoples of the World section will consist of three parts: an overview of a specific region of the world, a deeper look into the least-reached peoples of this area and a focus on a specific unreachedRead more…

INDIA

Week-long celebrations were held in July in Chennai to mark the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the first Protestant missionary to India. “The arrival of Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg in Tranquebar in 1706 no doubt marked a remarkable change in theRead more…