Azusafest 2016 will be held between April 7-10 this year in commemoration of the Azusa Street Revival. Azusafest will be a three-day Gospel music celebration and will be held in conjunction with the AzusaNow celebration in the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday April 9th.
The Azusa Street Mission will be presenting the prestigious William J. Seymour Award this year to Bishop TD Jakes of the Potters House Church in Dallas, Texas. Bishop TD Jakes is a co-founder to the reconciled church project which brings leaders together for racial reconciliation.
Azusa Street Mission & Historical Society founders, Fred and Wilma Berry, have been awarding pastors and leaders the award since 2006. Prior winners have been: Bishop Charles E. Blake, the COGIC presiding Bishop USA; Pastor Sunday Adelaja, from Kiev, Ukraine; Dr. Patricia Bailey-Jones USA; Apostle John Eckhardt USA; Dr. Myles Munroe from Nassau, Bahamas; and Apostle Sam Korankye Ankrah from Accra, Ghana; Pastor Jabes de Alencar Sao Paulo, Brazil; Pastor Silas Malafaia in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Al Hollingsworth of Boss the Movement and Lou Engle of the Call.
THE BACKGROUND (excerpt taken from ChristianNewswire.com)
“Over a century ago, a partially-sighted African American minister, William J. Seymour, came to Los Angeles to share the message that the Holy Spirit still baptizes people with the evidence of speaking in tongues. His early efforts to preach the Pentecostal message were rejected. Church leaders were suspicious of his religious doctrine and his teachings, but he persevered and kept on praying. On April 9, of 1906, a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurred within a small group of worshippers. The news spread and soon hundreds of people started coming from all over the world to the Apostolic Faith Mission on Azusa Street in Los Angeles seeking to receive the Holy Spirit. The Azusa Street Revival lasted over three years and is widely considered to be the primary catalyst that sparked the worldwide Pentecostal Movement. Currently, it is estimated that over 800 million Pentecostals in the United States, Latin America, Africa and Asia can trace their religious origins to the Azusa Street Revival and Bishop Seymour.”
Fred and Wilma Berry will be discussing in our next issue the history of Azusa Street, about their mission, and their desire to carry the flame of revival to the next generation throughout the nations.
“There is an expectation of the fulfillment of William J. Seymour’s prophesy of a greater revival spreading all over the world like unto the Azusa Street Revival,” said Apostle Berry, “It’s America’s time again – God has chosen this nation for this hour-and we’re praying for leaders to come together in unity at Azusafest to unlock a catalyst to a great wave of God’s spirit for the Last Days harvest and revival.”
April Issue comes out March 28th, 2016