Delegates from 50 nations are gathered this week for the “Wind and Fire,” 2017 Empowered21 Asia Congress at the Singapore EXPO.
One of the many highlights of the three-day event has been recognition of iconic spirit-empowered leaders from the Asian region. Starting Thursday morning, six honorees selected by the E21 Asian Cabinet, were introduced and given the opportunity to address the delegates with a message of power, hope, and encouragement.
“One of Empowered21’s imperatives is intergenerational blessing and impartation, which in this conference included honoring those who have advanced Spirit-empowered ministry around the globe,” stated E21 Global Co-chair and ORU President Dr. William M. Wilson. “Asia has produced stalwarts of the faith, and the six we honor this week represent some of the most influential and effective soldiers in the movement.”
The honorees come from six Asian nations where they have all left a legacy of kingdom service through church planting, pastoral leadership and evangelism. Collectively, the group has touched hundreds of millions of lives not only in Asia but around the globe.
Rev. Dr. Colton Wickramaratne has served as the chairman of the Assemblies of God of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) for over 25 years and is founding pastor of the People’s Church and Impetus Ministries Thrust. In his 67 years of ministry, Wickramaratne has challenged generations of young ministers to realize their fullest potential across the more than 100 countries where he has ministered.
Hailing from a small town in India, Rev. David Mohan began his ministry at the age of 21 and has pastored the New Life Assembly of God in Chennai for over 40 years, a congregation he founded which today has over 40,000 members. He simultaneously serves as the general superintendent of All India Assemblies, a network of more than 8,000 churches.
Pastor Dennis Balcombe has been an influential leader in China since he first travelled there in 1969. Within eight months of immersion in the Chinese culture, he was fluent enough in Cantonese and Mandarin to begin Revival Christian Church, a congregation, which has grown to over 1,000 members and where he still serves as senior pastor. He also leads Revival Chinese Ministries International and is widely known as one of the spiritual fathers of the Chinese house church movement.
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SOURCE: Charisma News