Assembly of God in Colombia
|The Assemblies of God (Asambleas de Deos) in Colombia|
The Assemblies of God (Asambleas de Deo) in Colombia is a Pentecostal Christian denomination in Colombia. It is a member of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship, the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world.
Edward Wagner and his wife, Ada, arrived in Colombia from America in 1932. They settled in Sogamoso and established the Sogamoso Evangelical Mission. On April 1, 1932, they celebrated their first Pentecostal worship; the service marked the origin of the Assemblies of God of Colombia. By 1958, there were churches in the cities of Sogamoso, Cali and Bogotá. The first council of the Assemblies of God was held in Colombia on June 17, 1958, with 18 missionaries, pastors, workers and delegates all participating in the event.
In the 1960s, the Assemblies of God developed a plan of evangelization campaigns based on Eucharistic celebrations and created its first radio program. In the late 1970s, churches were formed to spread the Gospel and also created regional Bible schools and a National Committee of Bible schools.
On January 13–20, 1975, three districts were created at the XVIII National Assembly in Bogotá: North, Central and West, which were led by a District Presbytery, strengthened corporately to the Assemblies of God. In the 1980s, it held "Invasion 80," which resulted in an increase of 90 churches, 120 preaching points and nearly 21,000 people who attended the meetings.
In the 1990s, the Assemblies of God created a new national evangelistic program called "The Decade of Harvest," which, during this period, was the First Congress of church growth with Pastor David Yongui Cho. Currently, the Council of the Assemblies of God is organized into operating units and pastoral calls that provide tools and training to leaders and ministers of their churches to the extension of the Kingdom. Today, Assemblies of God are present throughout Colombia with over 1,200 churches, 1,500 ministers and over 400,000 members and believers.
- "Nuestra Historia Colombia." History of Assemblies of God in Colombia