Millions Rally Across Social Media, Traditional Media and in their Communities for Azusa Now 2016
Catholic, Protestant, & Ethnic Communities Join Together Worldwide on April 9
Live Stream to be Broadcast in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Portuguese
Pasadena, CA – Azusa Now is seeing the fruit of their call to prayer and unity across many diverse Christian denominations and ethnic communities, who will join together at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on April 9, 2016. The Faith-based community has united in record numbers through social and traditional media to give exceptional event exposure that will create a positive major impact on Los Angeles as a whole.
Registrations are well on their way to a 100,000+ capacity audience, with the Azusa Now team having laid plans in place for overflow. The last time the Los Angeles Coliseum was filled to over capacity was the Billy Graham Crusade on September 8, 1963 with a record attendance of 134,256.
FrontGate Media, who is overseeing public relations and media for the event, implemented a Thunderclap crowd speaking campaign for Azusa Now that brought people together with a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, at the same moment. The campaign achieved a total social reach of more than 1,115,000 people through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Denominational and racial boundaries have been broken across Catholic and Protestant churches, as well as African-American, Asian, Hispanic, and Caucasian populations who are all coming together for this event.
According to Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith, “As the Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, it will be my great pleasure to participate in the Azusa Now summons to prayer, fasting and repentance. During this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has asked us to be 'Credible Witnesses of Mercy.' Our participation in Azusa Now is a marvelous way of endorsing Pope Francis' thoughts and words."
Azusa Now will be seen by millions around the world as it will be broadcast live in its entirety by GOD TV with additional live and rebroadcast coverage provided by TBN, Juce TV and Daystar.
Azusa Now will be live streamed via the internet at AzusaNow2016.com in five languages: English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Portuguese.
In answer to the Azusa Now call for prayer and unity, many events have been created where church and local leaders are bringing together their faith-based communities. These range from individual church gatherings to participation via the live stream to additional large gatherings such as United Cry in Washington D.C.
Azusa Now has a number of pre-event activities this week leading up to the event, including the compassion initiative Carry The Love: L.A. where YWAM, one of the largest youth organizations in the world, has joined with Bethel Church from Redding, California for 10 days of turning Love into action. Carry The Love: L.A. has created local activities that include one-on-one prayer with people in high-traffic areas, revitalizing outdoor spaces in public housing developments, community BBQs, music festivals in city parks and after-school events in public high schools.
Volunteers are still needed. Several thousand volunteers have come forth from various churches and organizations, however there are many more critical volunteer opportunities available and needed.
Those wanting to volunteer, participate in the event, or be part of the pre-event activities should visit the website at www.AzusaNow2016.com.
What made the 1906 Azusa Street Revival so special? Three key factors at Azusa mirrored the reality of the formation of the church in Acts 2. Firstly, there was a multi-ethnic gathering of unity in Christ (Acts 2:1-11). Secondly, the miraculous, attesting ministry of the Holy Spirit was enjoyed in a unique way (Acts 2:2-4). Finally, there was a clear presentation of the Gospel leading many to salvation (Acts 2:37-41).
This outpouring of Heaven descended on the poor districts of Los Angeles during an incredibly dangerous, volatile and prejudiced period of American history. God used an African American named William Seymour to launch this modern Acts 2 movement. Black, White, Asian and Hispanic came together in bonds of love, unity and prayer. It came to be said, “the color line was washed away” at Azusa.
In our deeply divided world, perhaps the greatest miracle is love. Sadly, by 1916, the original Azusa Street Revival had officially ended. Segregation once again fractured the fragile unity of the Church, dividing God's children along the very same color lines previously and gloriously erased by the Holy Spirit. Even so, the flames of Azusa led to various renewal movements that spread like wildfire across the U.S. and abroad. Over the last 110 years, these movements have helped to produce more salvations than the previous 19 centuries combined! If the kingdom has expanded in spite of our division, how much more could it achieve in unity?
Azusa Now is built on the great hope that this can happen again. In 1913, both William Seymour and Maria Woodworth-Etter separately proclaimed that in 100 years, the Holy Spirit would be poured out again, even stronger this time. History attests this pattern. Martin Luther's Reformation was prophesied 100 years prior by the martyr Jan Huss. God loves to "proclaim that which is not as though it were" (Rom. 4:7). We are contending in faith for the 100-Year Promise.
We need a true jubilee of love and mercy to sweep our land. A dark question looms over our children's future: riots or revival? The only answer is to be found in Christ. Prayer, love and unity remain the Acts 2 template for breakthrough. On April 9, 2016, join a great multi-ethnic, multi-denominational, multi-generational assembly as we strike a match for awakening in our day. It's not just Azusa then. It's Azusa Now.