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Winter 2006 Rapport: Thoughts from the Prez

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J. Philip Hogan was the epitome of a “missionary statesman.” His influence dominated Assemblies of God (AG) missionary efforts for the last half of the 20th century. One of my fondest memories of Brother Hogan come from a small dinner in El Salvador attended by missionaries serving Latin America. It was 1990, and he had just retired from 30 years of service as executive director of AG missions.

Hogan believed, “Missions cannot be reduced entirely to rational strategies, priorities, and techniques.” Rather, “the Spirit blows where it wills.”

When he rose to speak, he read a text I had read before but never really heard: “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I” (Isaiah 65:1, NIV). Brother Hogan then proceeded to tell of his recent visit to China and all God had done there in his 40 years since his missionary service in that nation. He finished with the affirmation that the growth of Christianity in China was a clear indicator of what this text suggested. I remember leaving that meeting with my whole being anticipating what God might be doing in the world.

Hogan believed, “Missions cannot be reduced entirely to rational strategies, priorities and techniques.” Rather, “theSpirit blows where it wills.

The Hogan legacy, honored at AGTS by the J. Philip Hogan Chair of World Missions, will motivate generations of missionaries to yield to the strategy of the Spirit and believe that God still reveals himself to nations who have not asked for him, “Here am I! Here am I!”

President Byron D. Klaus

To receive monthly commentary from President Klaus by email, visit www.agts.edu/prez_release. Each Prez Release contains thoughts on society, the Bible and the church’s role in today’s world.

 

Updated: Monday, July 17, 2006 11:01 AM

 
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