Pastor Dennis Balocome, who is known for his great burden and vision for Chinese missions, will be speaking at the upcoming top world Christian event- Azusa Street Centennial Celebration- in Los Angeles.
Balocome will teach for certain Ministry Training Tracks offered at the Celebration held at the Los Angeles Convention Center running from April 24 thru April 30. Under the track named "Evangelizing the World in the Power of the Spirit," Balcome is to address the theme "Miracles and Gifts of the Holy Spirit: The Main Factor Leading to Unprecedented Church Growth and Revival in China" on Friday, April 28.
The workshop is going to unveil the movement of the Holy Spirit in the Chinese church in the beginning of the 20th century, which has continued until today but is often unknown to most people. At that period, many parts of China have been impacted by mighty Pentecostal revivals that resulted in a strong church today of up to 100 million believers.
As the communist takeover in 1949, the true church was forced to operate underground and experienced horrendous persecution, but the Holy Spirit began to move during the Great Cultural Revolution and many miracles in the Bible began to happen all over China.
"Today the Chinese Church is probably the most Pentecostal in the world, and possibly the closest to the pattern we see in the book of Acts," quoted from the description of the workshop.
Balocome is the founder and now the director of the Revival Chinese Ministries International (RCMI) based in Hong Kong. Speaking fluent Mandarin and Cantonese, Balocome was called to China missions since he has accepted Christ at the age of 16 in 1961. Balcome came to Hong Kong as a missionary under Shiloh Christian Fellowship (Oakland, California) in 1969. He has started to study Cantonese to deliver messages, and planted the Revival Christian Church (RCC) with 25-30 people. Balocome made his first steps to Mainland China to begin his Bible ministry when Mainland China first opened to visitors in 1979.
Nowadays, RCMI continues to serve Chinese Christian, especially those from underground churches, by various projects such as providing Bibles, spiritual books and teaching materials; equipping house church leaders through teaching, seminars and training; connecting the house churches in China with the overseas church; building orphanage and school and so on.
In a recent interview with the Christian Monitor, Balocome said, "I am very optimistic about the future, and see a day during the next few years where restrictions on Christians will be slowly lifted. At the same time, due to much intercessory prayer, the continued outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the boldness of believers, I see countless millions being converted to Christ during the coming years."