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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

#11 Evangelist Carlos Annacondia

Carlos Annacondia

C. Peter Wagner continues his message
today, Carlos Annacondia was a
committed Christian owner of a
prosperous nuts and bolts factory in
Quilmes on the outskirts of Buenos
Aires when God called him into
evangelistic ministry.

It was probably no mere coincidence that the day he launched his first public crusade was the day the British sank the Argentine battle ship General Belgrano in the 1982 Falkland Islands War. Carlos was 37 years old and the father of 8 children at the time.

After observing the ministry of Carlos Annacondia both at a distance and first hand, I am prepared to offer a hypothesis.

Although some other likely contenders may be Reinhard Bonnke or Billy Graham, my guess is that Annacondia may well turn out to be the most effective crusade evangelist of all time.

More than any other evangelist I have studied, Annacondia's ministry seems to be an instrument for increasing the growth rate of participating churches.

In La Plata, for example, the Assemblies of God Church of the Diagonal, pastored by Alberto Scataglini, grew from 500 to more than 2,500 in 3 years following Annacondia's crusade.

They have held their Sunday services in a leased basketball stadium ever since because their sanctuary could not hold all the attenders.

The neighboring Los Olivos Baptist Church pastored by Alberto Prokopchuk grew from 200 members to more than 1,600 in the same period.

On a recent visit to Argentina I worked with pastors of four cities. without any leading questions on my part, in each of the four cities I heard Christian leaders in a matter-of-fact way refer to recent trends in their cities as "before Annacondia" and "after Annacondia."

In more than 20 years of studying urban crusade evangelism, I have never heard such consistent testimonials of the ministry of a single evangelist across the board.

Pastor Alberto Scataglini, the principal host of Annacondia's milestone La Plata crusade, says,

   "He transmits his ministry. It's not just one person; 

    wherever he goes, he seems to transmit the same 
    anointing to other people. And that was very different
    from any other evangelist we had here. Before, 

    evangelist would come and when he left the revival 
    was over; the power was gone."

#11 Evangelist Carlos
by C. Peter Wagner
(pp. 25 - 26) Regal Books

Prayer for your pastor: 

Thoughts. "Let the mind of Christ be strong in my pastor. Guard my pastor from mental distractions, doubt, and futile thinking. Enable him/her to take every thought captive to obey Christ" (1 Cor. 2;16; Eph. 4:17; Col. 2:8; 2 Cor. 10. 10:3-5).

Pray with me:

   Father, please help us pray for 
our pastors and leaders to be so 
filled with Your Spirit, that they 
also transmit their anointing on 
to us.
   I understand that I'm responsible 
to pray for my own heart and ears 
to be open to receive all You speak through them, so I can be effective in my own ministry.
   May I transmit Your anointing to those I share with, and may they also become effective in their sharing with others of concern to them.
   Thank You for Your Spirit's work in us. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse:

(Is. 12:2) "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation."

Today’s quote:

Mark I. Bubeck shares with us from his book, The Satanic Revival, "Signs of Satanic Revival are, 1. Sexual immorality, including pornography and the free expression of sensuality, 2. Crime, preoccupation with violence and death, and abortion, 3. Growing involvement in the occult." (Taken from pp. 17-24)

Some thoughts today:

- If you'll study God's ways, you'll know counterfeit when you 
hear of it. If you have questions on what is the Real way to live, read the Bible.

- We have the privilege of choosing how we'll live when we're born-again Christians, as Christ gives us New Life. A person yet dead in their sins, is unable to live without sinning. We'll sin, but we then can get forgiveness simply by repenting, (which is turning from that sin), and asking for God's forgiveness.

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human body, is itself in the minority.
   More members of your body are not fingers than are fingers.
   More are not lungs than are lungs. Likewise in the church."

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