Asian American churches near the Los Angeles area are preparing for a revival prayer set to begin the day after the Azusa Street Revival centennial celebration in April.
The Agape Renewal Center – based in the Los Angeles area – invited leaders from several churches representing various Asian ethnicities including Indonesians, Chinese and Koreans to prayer since February.
Last Saturday, participating churches followed up with another prayer event at the Vineyard of Harvest Church in Walnut, CA. Besides calling for revival, leaders at the last meeting called for peace in Israel.
"This time, it's getting larger and larger," said Nakules Veran, ethe vent's coordinator from Agape. He added that many churches have begun showing interests, including a major Korean church that decided to commit itself to the movement recently.
The ‘Together…beyond Azusa Street Revival’ conference, planned for April 30, will bring together Asian churches including Chinese, Indian, Korean, Indonesian and Vietnamese.
According to Veran, the prayer initiative is gaining momentum through the persistence of Rev. Dr. Ernest Chan, president of Agape Renewal Center, whom has been calling churches to participate in a 24 hour prayer tower.
Chan is hoping that Christians to unite together in prayer for the revival of the Holy Spirit, starting in the United States and spreading to the whole world, Veran says.
“I feel like this is good that the Asian churches can pray together. It is not just an event to give memory to the Azusa street revival,” says Rev. Kenneth Kwan, senior pastor of Vineyard of Harvest Church. “We can establish the pattern and trend to pray together.”
Some leaders believe that the work of the Holy Spirit during the prayer event will go beyond April 30.
"This is a jumpstart for Asian church. To be more united church doing the work of God together," says Pastor Richard Sompotan, a minister at Bethany International Church. "I believe that through this event we have not just joint prayer meeting, but also a joint Sunday service, from many different languages and churches. We worship the one Lord. We just pray the Lord."
According to Sompotan, all six of the predominantly-Indonesian Bethany churches have agreed to cooperate in this venture. He hopes that all Indonesian Christians in the area will participate in the gathering
"So far, we are contacting all the Indonesian churches in Los Angeles. There are 55 Indonesian churches in Southern California," Sompotan explained. "We have been contacting them through an organization for Indonesian churches. We have been meeting two to three churches at a time, so far. We have responses from some."
Sompotan believes that churches would become less self-centered, but more open to cooperating with others through the prayer event.
"I think is the time of the church not being selfish of what they are doing. But, this is kind of part of our mission also, to be gathered as a body of Christ to fulfill the commission of the God," Sompotan said.