The World Olivet Assembly leadership welcomed World Evangelical Alliance Global Ambassador Bishop Efraim Tendero for two days of warm fellowship and mutual encouragement. Meeting at the WOA headquarters at the Evangelical Center in Dover, NY, Bishop Tendero was received by former WOA President and former WEA North American Council member Rev. Dr. David Jang and WOA General Secretary Pastor Mark Spisak.
They shared about recent developments and reminisced about the meaningful, long-standing relationship between the two organizations. A special highlight was when then-Secretary General of the WEA Bishop Tendero preached for the inauguration service of the Evangelical Center when it moved from Binghamton, NY to the vast 3,300-acre land in Dover, NY in January 2016.
And just earlier this month, the WEA dedicated a new office building called Philadelphia House, which is one of the buildings that was fully renovated this year. It is located in an area of the Evangelical Center that will later also include a conference center, a guest house and residential facilities for the WEA.
Bishop Tendero also shared about his recent travels and a newly launched initiative that he was entrusted to lead. The "Galilean Movement" aims to mobilize the global Church to annually raise one million dedicated and Christ-centered harvest workers who would serve faithfully in the fast-growing churches around the world. It is inspired by the passage in the gospel of Matthew where Jesus says to his disciples "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (Matthew 9:37-38)
"We were grateful for the opportunity to welcome our dear friend Bishop Tendero who has served the WEA faithfully for many years," said Pastor Spisak, and added, "We continuously pray for him and the global body of evangelicals that God may bless and lead them according to His good will, and that they may be led by the Holy Spirit in their efforts to unite the body of Christ for the fulfillment of the Great Commission."