By Editorial Staff
Published March 31, 2008
UNITED STATES – As many as 10,000 student led Bible clubs are operating in American public schools, according to “Youth America,” and a surge of prayer and evangelism is taking place. “Youth America” rallies are turning out thousands of teens at a time. Youth America rallies are scheduled for Los Angeles, Tulsa and Washington, D.C.
CUBA – A group of ministers in Cuba have been praying for the downfall of Fidel Castro since last Fall. The nation is now in the third year of a spiritual awakening with a growing missionary movement. Ironically, the Castro regime has done little to oppose it. Missionaries in Cuba predict that the communist nation will be completely open to foreign missionary activity by the end of the year. Approximately 250 Assemblies of God churches have sprung up in Cuba. Methodist missions are also burgeoning.
HAITI – Churches in this turbulent country are growing vigorously under indigenous leadership. Many foreign missionaries fled the country after the Haitian President Aristide was overthrown by a coup last year. However, church leaders say that this has created an atmosphere of prayer and revival among the Haitian churches.
BRAZIL – Just 20 years ago, Brazil was known as a traditional Roman Catholic country and culture. But this is no longer the case. Today the number of charismatics within the Catholic Church has grown to over five million. Renovacao Carismatica Catolica, the official charismatic renewal organization in Brazil, has the allegiance of almost 15% of the nations Catholic priests. Over a half million Brazilians join evangelical churches every year.
ALBANIA – Muslims in this former communist bloc nation are extraordinarily open to the gospel. One of the last nations to implement democratic reform after the dismantling of the iron curtain two years ago, Albanians are increasingly spiritually open and are requesting Bibles from foreign missionaries.
UKRAINE – Jews for Jesus has opened an outreach base in Odessa and reports that Ukrainian Jews are the “most receptive in the world to the gospel” because they have not been indoctrinated against Christ by their rabbis. Large numbers of Ukrainian Jews have been converted to Christ every week since the outreach base opened last Fall.
GERMANY – The decrease of Christian influence bottomed out in Germany and the Church is again beginning to incrementally increase. Over one million evangelicals gathered for an annual week of prayer in over 1,500 locations in February throughout the German speaking countries of Europe.
MIDDLE EAST – The Islamic nations of the Middle East have been targeted for intercessory prayer by Brother Andrew’s Open Doors Ministries. Christians around the world will pray for the Middle Eastern Muslim nations as a part of a prayer campaign known as “Evangelism on the Final Frontier.” Existing churches in Muslim nations all over the world will receive prayer for ten years. Open Doors Ministries previously proclaimed “Seven Years of Prayer for the Soviet Union” in 1983. The doors opened seven years later in 1990.
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA – Chinese house churches are baptizing 27,000 new converts every day. The number of Christians in China far exceeds the number of Communist Party members. An estimated 90 to 100 million Christians have been added to the Chinese church in the last 20 years. Not only are the villagers of China’s countryside being converted en masse, but Christianity is becoming popular among students and professionals. An estimated ten percent of China’s university students have been converted to Christianity since the Tienenman Square massacre three years ago.
MONGOLIA – One fourth of Mongolia’s population will see the evangelistic film Jesus in 1992. Approximately 300 members of congress and Mongolia’s Vice President attended the film’s premier. The increasing influence of the gospel has come with the dismantling of the Soviet Union. Mongolia was formerly tied to Moscow.
Editor’s Note: Some of the above information is from National and International Religion Report.
Forerunner - Home » The Forerunner Newspaper » Revival and Spiritual Awakening
Your comments are welcome!
Foundations in Biblical Eschatology
By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.
All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?
These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.
$12.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
With “preaching to the lost” being such a basic foundation of Christianity, why do many in the church seem to be apathetic on this issue of preaching in highways and byways of towns and cities?
Is it biblical to stand in the public places of the world and proclaim the gospel, regardless if people want to hear it or not?
Does the Bible really call church pastors, leaders and evangelists to proclaim the gospel in the public square as part of obedience to the Great Commission, or is public preaching something that is outdated and not applicable for our day and age?
These any many other questions are answered in this documentary.
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
“Give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.
The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).
Welcome to the Second American Revolution!
This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
$14.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981
Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.
The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.
“…a high technology “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” arousing public opinion just as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 antislavery novel ignited the abolitionist movement.” – Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Time Magazine
Languages: English, Spanish, French, South Korean, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese
Running Time: 28 minutes
$17.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
What is true Revival and Spiritual Awakening?
Discover the answer in this eyewitness account by Dennis Kinlaw, President of Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky, who recounts the story of a visitation of the Holy Spirit in 1970. This is the presentation that has continued to spark the flames of Revival in the hearts of people around the world. Contains eyewitness footage from the Revival at Asbury College in 1970 in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Certain to challenge you to greater holiness and a deeper commitment to full-scale revival. Original news and private footage has been included. If you are a student who longs to see a spiritual awakening at your school, you must see this video!
“This simple video does a wonderful job of conveying something of God’s heart and power, Everyone we have ever shown this to has received an immediate impartation of faith for revival and the power of prayer.”
— Bob and Rose Weiner, Weiner Ministries Int’l
Running Time: 40 minutes
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)