Pentecost Conference - Herford, Germany


This year my wife and I were blessed with the opportunity to attend the Pentecost services in Herford. We arrived in Germany on the thirteenth of May and used the time before the services to visit various congregations and meet our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Although we had never seen each other before, we felt a wonderful connection. This is an indescribable blessing that God’s children possess – to be united in God. 

Pentecost is one of the special celebrations for Christians and took place this year from June 7-9. For decades, the Church of God in Herford has had the opportunity to celebrate Pentecost with many believers from near and far. It is reminiscent of Jesus’ promise, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Everyone who attended this special celebration can testify of the Holy Spirit’s working during our time together. The presence of the Holy Spirit was evident in every worship service. It is wonderful that we could gather as God’s family from many congregations in Germany and also from abroad, especially since working together for the Lord is so important. It is God’s will for His people to be unified. Our Savior prayed for this. In John 17:22 we read, “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.” We read of the unity of the disciples at the time of Pentecost in Acts 2:1, “When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place”.

The motto for these services was, “Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” Brother Peter Ens, from Mexico, was the guest speaker. God was able to use him to bring the Word with clarity. He spoke about the following topics: “The pursuit of the disciples before Pentecost”, “God’s remedy for sin”, “The baptism with Spirit and fire”, “The result of Pentecost” and “God loves you”. In the Old Testament we read that the nation of Israel worked together on the construction of Jerusalem’s wall “for the people had a mind to work” (Nehemiah 4:6). This attitude was visible during the services. The song presentations from the choir and musicians, as well as the joyful participation of the children, were a blessing during every service. The breaks between the services allowed for time to talk with brothers and sisters and to share experiences. Like many other celebrations, this was one filled with joy and blessing. Although there was much work and sacrifice involved in the preparation, it was worth it, for God gave His blessing.

May God richly reward all who contributed for their time, money, and effort. On the last day, after the final service, the opportunity was given to be anointed. This time was also a great blessing. More than 20 people were anointed with earnest prayer. May the Lord glorify Himself in the lives of those who took this promise for themselves.

My desire is that the motto of these services would be fulfilled in our lives: “Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” Or, as it says in Ephesians 4:15-16, “may [we] grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— [...] in love.”

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