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Empowered21 is set to empower a new generation when it gathers in the year 2020 to celebrate Pentecost. June 1-3, thousands of believers from around the globe will gather for the Jerusalem 2020 Empowered21 Global Congress at Pais Arena in Jerusalem. Believers will celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit and begin to anticipate in 2033 the 2,000th anniversary of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit recorded in the book of Acts.
Oral Roberts University President and Empowered21 Global Co-Chair Dr. Billy Wilson along with Empowered21 Executive Director Ossie Mills and Israel's Ministry of Tourism North American Commissioner Uri Steinberg, announced this historic event at the recent National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Click on this link to see the announcement.
"Our vision within the Empowered21 network is to unite the global Spirit-empowered movement, connecting nations and generations in the 21st century," said Dr. Wilson. "Our goal is for every individual in the world to have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit by Pentecost 2033."
"Your life will never be the same when you visit Israel," said Mills. "There's nothing quite like visiting the places where Jesus walked, taught and worshipped. During your time in Jerusalem you will be inspired, encouraged, renewed, transformed and empowered."
The first global Jerusalem Congress was hosted by Empowered21 in May 2015 and attended by nearly 5,000 people from more than 70 nations. Television networks all over the world carried the event, and an additional 180,000 people from 127 countries watched sessions through live streaming. Jack Hayford, Christine Caine, Samuel Rodriguez and other Spirit-empowered leaders led the call to Congress attendees to celebrate Pentecost in the Land of Pentecost. It is with that same passion and purpose that the Jerusalem 2020 Empowered21 Global Congress will continue to challenge and inspire Spirit-empowered believers to reach the world for Christ.
A list of speakers for the 2020 Congress will be announced soon. Joining them and the thousands of attendees will be worship teams from Bethel Worship, Gateway Worship and Planetshakers for three days of teaching, worship, and prayer that calls upon God to pour out His Spirit once again in a powerful and world-changing way.
Three years ago, nearly 5,000 Spirit-empowered Christians from more than 70 nations converged on Pais Arena Jerusalem in response to the call to celebrate Pentecost in the land of Pentecost. The event was broadcast live by multiple networks including GodTv, TBN Australia, TBN Russia and TBN Pacific and streamed live to another 180,000 people in 127 countries. Some 130 noted leaders from the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement such as Jack Hayford, Christine Caine and Samuel Rodriguez challenged and inspired believers to reach the world through an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.
Reflecting on the outcome of the first Empowered21 Global Congress, Oral Roberts University President and Empowered21 Global Co-Chair Dr. Billy Wilson said, "We believe that the fresh outpouring of God's Spirit on us in Jerusalem will create ripples around the world for advancing the cause of Christ. The best days for the Spirit-empowered movement are still ahead. We can't and won't rest until everyone has an opportunity to experience Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit."
The effect of this landmark event is visible and growing as thousands more have attended regional Congress events in Singapore and London, with upcoming events to be held in 2018-2019 in Riga, Latvia; Dublin, Ireland; Johannesburg, South Africa; Athens, Greece; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Guatemala City, Guatemala—all setting the stage for the Jerusalem 2020 Empowered21 Global Congress and for 2033, the 2,000th anniversary of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as recorded in the book of Acts.
The five-day event in 2015 was marked by general sessions of worship, prayer, and preaching complemented by a variety of ministry tracks from some of the most notable leaders around the world. From topics such as Business Leadership God's Way" to "Values and Ministry" to "Prophecy and the End Times," believers were equipped to take the Spirit-empowered message of Christ to their respective parts of the world.
On Pentecost Sunday, thousands gathered once again for a day of prayer and worship culminating that evening in a time of honoring Reinhard Bonnke, Morris Cerullo, Jack Hayford, Marilyn Hickey, David Mainse and Vinson Synan with the first Lifetime Global Impact Award. The service concluded with a special time where every attendee was anointed with oil and given a bottle of olive oil from the Holy Land. This oil was given to remind them to share God's power through all the earth.
"We couldn't be more excited to be a part of what God is doing in these days," stated Chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship Dr. George O. Wood. "We truly believe that the Jerusalem 2020 Empowered21 Global Congress will be instrumental in uniting believers and preparing the next generation to reach others throughout the world with the Spirit-empowered message of Christ."