49 Countries. Over 14,000 People.
The first-ever Empowered21 Asia Congress was held October 25-29, 2011 at the Sentul International Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Congress was a time of intense, Spirit-Empowered, multi-generational ministry and commissioning for the 21st century. It was also a historic gathering with over 14,000 people attending from 49 different nations. Delegations included over 600 house church leaders from within China and over 300 from Vietnam both representing the largest-ever delegations of Christians to collectively attend a Christian event outside of their home nation since the rise of communism.
The week included dynamic multicultural worship sessions that paraded the beauty, richness and diversity of Asian culture while at the same time drawing the diverse crowd into a united focus on experiencing Christ’s presence together.
When asked about his reflections on Empowered21 Asia, host Pastor Niko Njotorahardjo, Senior Pastor of Gereja Bethel Indonesia and Co-chair of the Empowered21 Asia Cabinet, noted, “I believe those who were present received the fire of revival and will bring that fire to the nations. This fire of revival was initiated by prayer, praise and worship and unity over the past four days.” David Mohan, Pastor of New Life Assembly of God in Chennai, India, said “Empowered21 Asia is a unifying tool in the hands of God that is bringing together Christian leaders from all over Asia to see the move of God in the 21st Century.” Marilyn Hickey, founder of Marilyn Hickey Ministries, said, “Empowerd21 Asia is wonderful to me! Its vision and passion has really touched my heart. I feel this is a destiny time. I see all of these people from all over Asia and I know they are going to go back home with a fresh anointing and in ‘attack mode.’” Mark McClendon, who serves as president of CBN in Indonesia said, “Empowerd21 Asia shows me that Asia, and Indonesia in particular, has a huge role to play in the end time harvest.”
The Empowered21 Asia congress is not an end point, but, rather, a launch pad. Future activities will include regional and national events across the continent over the next several months as well as a strategy for reclaiming the Day of Pentecost where thousands of pastors are committing to preach and teach on the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday, 2012. The Next Empowered21 Asian cabinet meeting will be held on March 9, 2012 in Shanghai, China and will include an invitation for young leaders to join in forming future strategies with the Empowered21 Asia cabinet.
Billy Wilson, the Executive Director for Empowered21 Global stated: “The Empowered21 Asia Congress is the first large regional event among our eleven regional, global teams. It was an amazing week that will set the tone for the continued expansion of the Empowered21 movement around the world. We are honored to be serving this movement and witnessing the empowering of the generations for Christ.”