Thursday, February 5, 2009

A little more info about Aglow, and our First Nations Prayer Guide

What is Aglow? (
• Aglow International is a transdenominational organization of Christian women that some Christian leaders call a “global movement”
• Aglow is established in 172 nations on 6 continents, all of which have indigenous women overseeing the work in their nations
• It is one of the largest international women's organizations, with over 4,600 fellowship groups in the U.S. and internationally.
• An estimated 200,000 women meet together each month through local Aglow fellowships--the heart of the organization
• More than 21,000 Aglow leaders worldwide minister in their communities
• An estimated 17 million people each year are ministered to through Aglow groups
• Aglow consists of small group studies, care (support) groups, retreats, and annual conferences
• Aglow women, through prayer and evangelism, offer practical gifts of clothing, food, housecleaning, and babysitting, as well as mentoring young women
• Aglow women impact their communities by reaching out to women in prison, in senior homes, inner city neighborhoods, and mental institutions; to single moms, working women, all beginning with the woman next door
• Aglow has experienced rapid growth in the past several years, including the nations of Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
• In Europe, Aglow is established in every major nation (40 nations)
• An active Aglow program in Europe called “Adopt-A-Nation” gives many of the Western European nations the opportunity to “adopt” other nations for support and/or prayer

Aglow's Belief Statement
The whole Bible is our creed. Although we recognize there may be differences in interpretation among Christians, and we have established Aglow International as a transdenominational, worldwide organization, there are certain basic Biblical beliefs to which all Aglow leaders and members need to commit themselves. The rejection of any of these shall disqualify a woman from membership and/or leadership in Aglow. However, she may still attend Aglow functions.
1. We believe in the one and only triune God. We acknowledge there is one true God consisting of three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, crucified, died, was buried, and resurrected. He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, and is true God and true man.
3. We believe the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and is our rule of faith and practice.
4. We believe that all are born sinners, the Holy Spirit convicts of sin; the Lord Jesus Christ paid the price for sin by shedding His precious blood on the cross as the atonement for sin; those who refuse to accept His sacrifice for their sin are eternally lost; and those who repent of their sin and personally accept the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior receive the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
5. We believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance, that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are valid and operative today, and that the fruit of the Holy Spirit should be increasingly evident in a Christian’s life.
6. We believe that the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ provides healing for our spirit, soul, and body.
7. We believe that we should obey Jesus’ command to preach the gospel to all the world.
8. We believe that the members of the Body of Christ are the Church, and that they should regularly fellowship with one another in a local church setting.
9. We believe in and look for the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Link to Aglow's Prayer Guide for First Nations People of North America

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