On 17th to 19th of July, over 1000 people came to the International Revival Conference held at Mega Star Arena in Jalan Kuchai Lama. Many people of different nations came including those who are from United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, England, Cyprus, Korea, Japan, China, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, and African nations.
The Lord placed in the heart of Pastor Rev Dr Paul Ang to have international conferences for the past 12 years. Starting off in Port Dickson in 2004 with about 200 people, the Lord increased the number of people in 2008 to 1000 people in the conference, fulfilling the prophecy of Chuck Pierce delivered in the previous year. The Lord has brought the conferences to be held in many places over the years including Penang, Malacca, Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur.
This year’s conference was entitled “International Revival Conference” because Pastor Rev Dr Paul Ang and his wife, Pastor Dr Christina Ang believed that the people of God are walking into a time of great revival in Malaysia despite the negativity the nation is facing today. According to the Ang’s, this is the season where churches are praying and people are calling out to God in desperation. And as in the book of Judges, each time people cry out to God, He hears them (Judges 2:18). God hears our prayers and cries, and that should be a comfort to us.
Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD relented because of their groaning under those who oppressed and afflicted them. (Judges 2:18)
The conference began with Senior Pastor of SIBKL Dr Chew Weng Chee calling Malaysians in particular to start praying more fervently and to avoid the sword of judgment in this nation. He reminded the people of the tremendous crisis that hit Uganda before revival started in that nation. If such a tragedy were to happen in our land, we would have no choice but to take the judgment. So, this is the time to pray that this kind of crisis will not hit our beloved land. Seventeen-year-old Asher Paul Ang followed Dr Chew’s sharing by singing his own composed song, “In Your Presence.”
Senior Pastor of Grace Assembly PJ Rev Dr Henry Pillai then spoke about how the Christian missionaries founded our nation and how beautiful the unity of the Church had at that time. He shared that all of our nation leaders have received education in schools and institutions that were built by the missionaries. In essence, he implied that we should pray for our beloved nation that God holds so dearly to His Heart.
Rev Dr Paul Ang based in SIBKL spoke about divine connections and partnerships, stressing that we must be history makers and not a record in history. He also spoke about the financial breakthroughs in the Church, as many churches are poor givers, resulting in struggling ministers. We become financially challenged because of laziness, poverty mentality, and the lack of financial mentors. Hence, we need to be practical and wise in our spending and investing. Besides sowing twenty percent of our finances, we should save another twenty percent and use the rest.
A pastor from Korea spoke through an interpreter with tremendous power of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Christina Ang powerfully spoke as well about being bold as God’s witness. She shared that we can only be bold when we have the right perspective of God and our status, we are fully persuaded in the truth that we believe in, we are able to persevere in the truth, and we experience the power of God.
Pastor Dr Donald Leavell from Texas, United States concluded the conference by stating that we need not have clever ploys or manipulation to win people to Jesus. But like Paul, we can preach Jesus Christ based on God’s power (1 Cor 2:2-5). In fact, when we proclaim about Jesus Christ, God is able to establish us as believers according to this message we proclaim (Romans 16:25). All believers-in-Christ should have a Kingdom-mindset, of loving God and loving one another. And when we do that, the Kingdom of God has already come as human divisions are obliterated and destroyed.
The night came to an end with Pastor Dr Andries Botha from Perth prayed for the Holy Spirit to fall on Malaysians and carry forward the spiritual revival in Malaysia with fresh fire. Many were slained in the Spirit, receiving a new vision and strength to carry out God’s work in their lives.
The highlight of Saturday and Sunday is the basking sessions, which were the climax for the conference. Waves of people came to the front prostrating in humility to encounter the power of God hitting the place. A few of them who were sitting at the back even commented that they too experienced God’s glorious presence. People would stay in the conference from day till night to experience the extraordinary worship.
What made the worship team extraordinary is how the worship team was made out of worshippers and musicians from different nations and different denominations including the Catholic, Baptist, SIB, AOG, different churches and nationalities. According to Pastor Dr Christina Ang, there was such variety in the worship team that each wore his or her own cultural attire, making it a multicultural night. Indeed, only the work of God could glue the worshippers together in love, having only two practices for many hours of worship. She added that to work together so beautifully is humanly impossible, except for God’s working because only He can make all things impossible, possible.
Dr Manju Joseph from Mumbai, India, amongst the many participants of the conference, applauded the revival international conference for it being a retracing of steps back to the original and unadulterated Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. He learned what it is to be bold, and what it is to prepare our hearts for change from a weak person to a strong person using the principles of submission, obedience and prayers. This conference also gave him the keys to financial wisdom for financial breakthrough to fulfil his calling and to serve God, so that he can be a history maker.
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