On 30 October 2012, a devastating hurricane hit New York City, bringing businesses, jobs and schools to a halt for millions of people. It was perhaps the worst storm ever experienced in the US East Coast. Months before the disaster, the theme “Supernatural Impact” had been finalized for the History Maker Global Conference 2012, along with the poster design. It was no coincidence the conference poster had a picture of New York City with a massive storm coming upon it. It is God who aligns things both in the natural and in the supernatural. In the natural, the world had just experienced a massive impact. Over the next few days it would be for us a phenomenal impact of the supernatural. The Spirit of the Lord is already at work and we can expect Him to move in incredible ways throughout the conference.
Our host for the History Maker Global Conference 2012 was Dr. Aaron Wong and his church, Church in the River of Life, Taipei. The conference was held at their second church facility in downtown Taipei.
Day One of the conference started off with early morning prayer, led by Dr. Richard William, the founder and leader of History Maker International. At 5:30am, leaders and delegates from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan gathered at the second church. Prayer is intimate communication, not a religious formula. We know we must get in touch with God and connect with Him in a powerful way. If we don’t, whatever we do at the conference will be of little or no impact. The best model is our Lord Jesus. He didn’t teach His disciples how to preach, how to lead worship or even how to cut an album – but He taught them how to pray. Without prayer it is impossible for human beings to transcend the natural realm and impact the supernatural realm.
Apostle Richard E. Brown III (Japan) spoke on “Dominion” from Exodus 10, where God told Moses to bring the Israelites out to worship Him. To make supernatural impact, first we got to have impact (or dominion). Pharaoh didn’t want to let Moses and the Israelites worship. He understood that wherever God’s people worship, we establish the King's dominion. The enemy doesn’t want us to worship or pray, because that is when the Spirit moves. The Spirit of the Lord wants to lead, guide, arrest and apprehend all of us. Then we will see supernatural impact in every area of our lives.
The next session we had Ps. Robert Lie (Indonesia) exhorting the believers to raise our level of expectation and to go deeper in God’s presence (Ezekiel 47), so that we will see miracles happen everywhere we go. There is nothing exciting about snorkeling in the shallow waters. Only out in deeper waters we can see anything. It is in diving that we can experience miracles, healing, glory and the supernatural. It is the people who are diving deep in His presence can shake the kingdom of darkness.
After lunch we had a session with Evangelist Clara Brown (Japan). She was all fired up and challenged the people to get more souls saved into the Kingdom. Her teaching was engaging and stirred the hearts of the people to have a new-found passion for the lost. There was also the practical element besides the teaching. Different teams went to the streets to do street evangelism, sharing the gospel with those who have not heard of Jesus Christ. We pray the light of the gospel to penetrate every darkness in our cities, and every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord!
In the evening the atmosphere was charged with expectancy. The crowd was even more excited than before, giving shouts of praise to our Lord and King. We also had an awesome time of worship as we entered the glorious presence of the Lord.
That evening Dr. William spoke to the crowd about making history, not becoming history – that is what History Maker is about. God has called us to be heroes, but many live like “zeroes.” Heroes are ones who are radical in their devotion and commitment, and are ready to give up their lives for the cause of Jesus Christ. If we want God to show up, the choice is clear: step over the line of mediocrity and our lives will never be the same again. Many responded the call that night, renewing their commitment and passion for the Lord.
That morning Ps. Amos Tsang (Hong Kong) exhorted the people to have a greater desire for the anointing. When Elijah expected to receive anointing of Elijah, nothing could stop him. We ought to be like Peter who wanted more – not Thomas who had to be pushed or the Pharisees who had a critical spirit. Let’s prepare our hearts to receive all that the Spirit wants to pour into our lives.
In the afternoon, the overseas delegates went sightseeing at Jiufen, which used to be a prosperous gold mining town up till the 1950s. This mountain town with quaint streets, tea houses and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean is now a popular tourist destination for both locals and foreigners alike. Everyone enjoyed themselves as they strolled along the old streets, trying out the many local delicacies and taking in all the beautiful sights and sounds.
That evening we saw the first ever ordination/ licensing service at the History Maker conference. It was to ordain Rev. Kelly Koh and license Ps. Hannah Ho for the work of the ministry. Dr. William, Apostle Brown, together with the History Maker partners, laid hands on the individuals to release a greater measure of God’s anointing upon them. We pray and believe they will do great exploits in the Kingdom!
Apostle Brown ministered the Word to us that evening, exhorting believers to get desperate and hungry for the Lord. The supernatural and miracles don’t just happen. To see them to the degree we desire, we have to enter the secret place with God. The question is whether we are willing to make the sacrifice to get there. Are we willing to pray, worship, fast and deny ourselves to see God move? To stay at the cutting edge we got to do things out of our comfort zone. Our desperation and hunger will create that Kairos moment where we see signs, wonders and miracles happen. Start placing a demand on the supernatural!
Ps. David Park (South Korea) continued the session, encouraging believers to be persistent in praying. Sometimes the more we pray, the more our life seems to get harder, because the devil hears us and sends his forces to attack us. That is not the time to give up praying. We must learn to maintain God's Word in our hearts. We must learn to keep what we have received these few days in our hearts. We must not allow circumstances or the devil to rob us. When we determine to keep our hearts and minds, God will!
Next Dr. Richard William brought a closure to the three days from the passage in 2 Samuel 23:20-22. Benaiah was the son of a priest but he chose to be a warrior. He decided he was not going to stay in the comfort zone. He jumped into a pit to fight a lion. If we want to be a History Maker, we got to confront our circumstances. As we jump in, those are miracle appointments to make us stronger. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the breakthrough! That evening we saw the Lord move in a powerful way among the people. The Spirit of the Lord was poured out among all people. That night as we come to the close we just couldn’t stop praising Him. We went on and on and on with our History Maker song. 1..2..3..4…We’re gonna be History Makers in this land!