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Say hello to Andrew and Friederike!
Now that I am going to South Africa, my Internet connection will be very limited at times. Consequently, I have asked two friends to write on this blog to prevent it from turning silent. Both are Jesus-loving disciples who like charismatic activism.
Andrew Meakins from Australia contacted me half a year ago and said that he was glad to have found someone else who connected charismatic theology to Christian pacifism. On his own website, Charismatic Holiness Anabaptist Theology, he has several articles, links and media about this. He also has a Facebook page with the same name, which he lets me contribute to.
The other blogger is Friederike Berghauer from Germany. I found her through the Facebook group Awakening the Bride which connects charismatic Christians from all around the world. Friederike is a proud member of the Vineyard movement and likes to promote justice and Fairtrade within and through it. She has several tumblr blogs, of which this one is convenient for non-German speakers.
I’m so thankful that Andrew and Friederike are willing to help me with this, and I’m also really excited to see what they are going to write about! God bless them. 🙂
Blog Summary 2012
This blog was born on Pentecost Day this year, replacing my earlier English blog Power Activism, and now as its first year is coming to an end I would like to share some interesting statistics (yes, I’m a stats freak).
I hoped that this would be an international blog when I started it, and to a large extent this has been the case. People from over 100 countries have visited it the past year. Around 60% of the blog views come from the US and my home country Sweden. Other countries that are high on the list are the UK, Australia, Singapore, Canada and India. I hope that in 2013 even more people from Asia and Africa will find and enjoy this blog, and give their important perspectives in comments. Already, the most active commentator, mnw0610, lives in Singapore!
It’s always fun to check what people google to get here. The by far most popular search terms are “ravi kandal”, “ravi father of lights”, “indian guy father of lights” and the like. These googlings bring them here where they can read about how Indian prophetic evangelist Ravi Kandal leads a Hindu guru to Christ through his astonishing prophetic gift, which is documented in the Christian film Father of Lights. Other popular search terms are “John Wimber quotes” or just “John Wimber”, “power of God” and the like and “medically verified miracles.” The strangest search term is perhaps “Christian polar bear“.
What then have people been reading? The most popular post is Why Evangelicals Accuse Obama for Being Muslim, and Dismiss that Romney is a Mormon, which was published the day after the American election. Then comes the widely googled John Wimber Quotes on Poverty, Wealth and Social Justice, the climate change-related post Romney, Sandy and Haiti, the peace promoting Blessing Israel=Ignoring Gaza? and finally The Supernatural and Political Kingdom of God. The post about Ravi Kandal should also be among the most read, although it doesn’t show up in the statistics since most people who google get to a tag page instead.
But enough with statistics! I want to thank you all for reading this blog and for hopefully sharing my hunger for revival, miracles and activism. I especially want to thank Drew Gordon Meakin, who inspired me to blog more often, mnw0610, Eric Stinfield, Tim Giovanni, Josh Hoping and Justin for bringing encouragement and inspiring reflections. In the coming year I hope that this blog will continue to promote exchange and dialogue between movements like the Jesus Army, Iris Ministies, Vineyard, Pentecostals and Charismatics for Peace and Justice, Bethel Church, Jesus Radicals and various others Charismatics and Christian activists around the world, in order to combine signs and wonders with peace and justice. We love Jesus, we love revival and we love to change the world. Lord, send your fire over us!