While church growth and conversions here had stalled, they were escalating in other parts of the world. In 1992, it was estimated that more than 95,000 people were coming to Christ every day. That was staggering. It was unbelievable. In 1995, another assessment was made. It was then estimated that 147,000 might be coming to Christ daily. In 1998, a third assessment projected that some 178,000 people were coming to Christ daily. That number may now be spiking to 210,000 per day.
When history is written, it will note that the last 100 years, and perhaps the last two decades, have been the Church’s most effective hour to date. Of all the people who have been won to Christ since 100 AD, 70 percent of them came to Christ after 1900, and 70 percent of those came into the Kingdom after WWII. Some 70 percent of those were won since the first “Praying through the Window” experience. It took eighteen long centuries, from 100 AD to 1900, for the church to gather in 30 percent of all the harvest thus far reaped. Then from 1900 to 1945, another 20 percent were gathered – that is half. In the next four-plus decades, another 20 percent were reached – now we are at 70 percent. Then, from 1992, the time of first “Walk thru the Window,” an amazing additional 30 percent of all people who have come to Christ since 100 AD were saved. In less than two decades, the same number was saved as in the first eighteen centuries. Two decades equaled – two Millenniums in results. In the 20th century, the church grew twenty-six times faster than previous centuries, but in the last two decades, the rate of church compared to earlier centuries is astronomical, 180 times faster than previous periods. What a time to be alive. God is on the move. We, in the U.S., are sleeping through a global spiritual revolution. Hudson Taylor would observe, “I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God; first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.”
In a six-year period in one Muslim country, two million Muslims came to Christ. Missionaries in dozens of Muslim people groups are planting small churches of former Muslims worldwide. More Muslims in Iran have come to Christ since 1980 than in the previous 1,000 years combined. Before Khomeini’s revolution in 1979 there were about 2,000 Iranian believers. After years of intensified persecution, there are now more than 15,000. These gains have not come easily. Every day, some 400 of our fellow Christians die for their faith as modern martyrs somewhere in the world. It is a story untold by the American media and unknown by much of the church – and yet their sacrificial commitment, their devotion to Christ, propels the evangelism process forward.
The largest Christian churches on the earth were in North America in the 70’s – but not now. Our churches barely make the top 25 list. The largest Church of God congregations are now around the world, the largest in Indonesia with 250,000 members. Only Mt. Paran (Atlanta, GA) is among the top ten and only two other USA churches are in the top fifteen. God is moving in an extraordinary way around the world. Wherever these massive forward strides of the bride-partner of Jesus are seen, the air is fragrant with incense and there are the sounds of passionate prayer.
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P. Douglas Small is founder and president of Alive Ministries: PROJECT PRAY and he serves in conjunction with a number of other organizations. He is also the creator of the Praying Church Movement and the Prayer Trainer’s Network. However, all views expressed are his own and not the official position of any organization.
 DAWN (Disciple a Whole Nation – www.dawnministries.org) Ministries and IRM (International Renewal Ministries).
 C. Cowman, Mrs. Charles E. Cowman, Springs in the Valley (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan; 1939, 1968), 189.
 Bill Stearns, Amy Stearns, Catch the Vision 2000 (Bethany House Publishers, 1991), 16.