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Charleston, S.C. — On February 20-21, 2017 the heads of eight Pentecostal denominations met in Charleston, South Carolina, to discuss and prayerfully consider responses to some of the biggest issues facing our world.

Toward the end of the meeting the eight denominational leaders made an unexpected visit to the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, the church where nine lives were taken by an aberrant 21-year-old white man in an unspeakable act of hatred during an evening Bible Study on June 17, 2015. As these leaders stood in the sanctuary with the pastor and listened to his heart, the Lord gave them opportunity to pray for the pastor, the church, and its future. It was a moment of miraculous grace, arranged for and touched by an imprint of Heaven.

This is the third consecutive year these highly respected leaders, out of a sense of call from the Lord, have met to the end that unity as brothers and sisters in Christ becomes a reality in our time. The eight leaders present for this strategic event were:

Rev. Randall A. Bach, President, Open Bible Churches
Bishop Doug Beacham, Jr., Presiding Bishop, the International Pentecostal Holiness Church
Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., Presiding Bishop, Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Dr. Glenn Burris, Jr., President, the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
Bishop Sam Clements, General Overseer, Church of God of Prophecy
Bishop Dan Coleman, General Secretary, Pentecostal Church of God
Dr. Tim Hill, General Overseer, Church of God
Dr. George O. Wood, General Superintendent, The General Council of the Assemblies of God

The conversations targeted tough topics of great concern, such as racial reconciliation and cross-cultural relationships, refugees and immigration, LGBTQ and legal ramifications, urban socio-economic conditions, education, the restoration of children and families, engaging the next generation to a rising hope and purpose, and global conflicts due to the adverse effects of terror and fear on this world. Also addressed was the desire to see the continued rise and commitment to Spirit-led and Spirit-filled movements.

The lasting effects of this meeting will be seen in the months and years ahead.

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