This issue of ENGAGED coincides with the 75th Anniversary Celebration of PGCAG (PGCAG75). To us staff, who are involved in the publication of this material and are opportuned to take active roles in preparing for the PGCAG, we are nonetheless exceedingly blessed!
Preparing for ENGAGED and the PGCAG75 opens opportunities to browse through our movement’s record and appreciate the demonstration of God’s power in and through our denomination.
Spending long hours to inspect decades-old photos and white-turned-rusty-yellow documents proved to be more than just a walk-down-the-memory-lane experience. It also builds faith to believe that the Holy Spirit’s flames that consumed the hearts of our ‘forefathers’ to be sold out for Jesus will burn in our hearts and the generations after us. Having seen our history through moments captured in photos creates a yearning to experience in our days the Pentecostal power that gripped our predecessors.
The pressures that come along with the preparation for the main celebration on April 28 to May 1, 2015 dissipate at the thought of celebrating with the PGCAG family the faithfulness of God, whose grace qualified us to know Him and make Him known. Nothing is as exciting as anticipating, together with the whole PGCAG family, an outpouring of the Spirit that will unleash us as powerful harvest force relevant to this age!
On the other hand, writing and editing for this issue of ENGAGED opens up more opportunities to revel at God’s goodness to PGCAG. This issue focuses on Local Church Structure and World Missions Enterprise, two equally important parts of our leadership’s 8-Point Agenda. After 75 years, God has forged the simple undertakings of our pioneers into a movement of empowered local churches, faithfully proclaiming the gospel and planting churches in our nation and overseas. The unrestrained growth of the ministries underscores both the need for strengthening local church structures and the limitless opportunities to preach the gospel so that every tribe and nation may hear of Jesus.
Participating in these two remarkable endeavors is already an achievement. Yet, we know that whatever we have attained is attributed only to the One who made it all happen. Being part of the movement, along with the privilege to work for the ENGAGED and PGCAG75, points to one great fact: that we can all be participants to the great works of God. At the end of the day, we will marvel not at what our hands have achieved but by what our great God has accomplished, especially through all our failures and imperfections. And, as the Psalmist put it, “Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness” (Psalm 115:1).
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