Global Gathering Anticipation Builds in Asia
By Don Armstrong
In most Asian countries, the number of Christians is very low. Across Asia, about 5 percent of the population is Christian. If South Korea and the Philippines were excluded from this number, the percentage would be closer to 2 or 3 percent. It’s no wonder that Asian leaders are excited about a conference that emphasizes the global scope and unity of the Church of God. They love the idea of being a part of something big!
As I visit with the national leaders in Asia, the Global Gathering, and the correspondence they have been receiving, is one of the main things they want to talk about. They are asking questions about how many countries will be represented, what their responsibilities as delegates will be, and how many people from their countries they can bring with them.
While visiting the United States won’t be a new experience for some of them, all of them are looking forward to being a part of the worldwide community of faith and celebrating the heritage that we share in the Church of God reformation movement. Our Asian leaders are proud of this history and are eagerly anticipating the chance to connect with others from Asia, as well as from South America, Africa, Europe, and North America.
To register for the Global Gathering, June 22–25 in Anderson, Indiana, visit www.chog.org/globalgathering.
Don and Caroline Armstrong serve as regional coordinators for the Asia–Pacific region of Global Missions.