Greetings Global Family,
I am excited to be writing to you about our upcoming conference, Voice of the Apostles. It has been too long since we’ve been able to host an in-person event. As much as I have enjoyed spending time resting in the Lord, studying His word, writing books, reconnecting with family, and ministering virtually online, there is something special about gathering as a family of believers in the same room. First, it is much easier to bless what the Father is doing when one can see the manifestations of His presence on an individual. Second, there seems to be an increased anointing present when two or more are gathered, praying and worshipping together, in His name.
I am very excited for what God is going to do this year at VOA. That said, this year, as you well know, has been quite unusual, requiring adjustments to some of our standard operating procedures. Unfortunately, like most things during an election year, these decisions (whether by local, state, federal, or church government) have become politicized. Some of us have opinions regarding the requirement to wear a face covering (mask, shield, etc.) that have resulted in hotly contested political debates. I am familiar with (indeed, I am family to) people who are—passionately—on differing sides of this debate. Because of this, I thought it best to send a brief email detailing our ministry’s expectations of this year’s attendees and an explanatory word about those expectations... Read more »
This year at Voice of the Apostles we will be requiring the use of approved face coverings (e.g., masks or shields). If you are unable to wear one or prefer not to, we understand and ask that you participate in the VOA experience virtually this year. To be clear, we are not asking you to wear a face covering out of fear, a desire to control you, or to silence you; rather, we are asking those in attendance to wear one out of honor. The pastor of the host church, our brother in the Lord, has asked us—similar to Paul’s instructions to the believers in Rome—to honor the authorities in Virginia. His church is located just outside D.C. and many of his congregants work in the federal and state government. We do not want our freedoms to be a stumbling block for them, preventing them from being able to gather and worship together as a family.
Further, we feel compelled by love to look after the most vulnerable within our community. I’ve personally known friends and acquaintances (some old, some not—but all passionate sprit-filled believers who understood the healing power of the atonement) that have unfortunately died from this virus. As Christians we must balance the tension between the Kingdom of God that was inaugurated in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the full manifestation that is to come with his return. Paul’s entire ministry to the Galatians is rooted in a physical ailment he suffered that sidetracked his initial missionary voyage. And yet, even while his “condition was a trial to” them, they did not “scorn or despise” him. Instead, they received his teaching of a new freedom through Christ, a new way of living as a new type of family. A family that is called to humble service through love. The Spirit of God was transforming the hearts and minds of a community through Paul’s display of power and preaching, juxtaposed, as it were, against the reality of Paul’s physical sickness.
As a healing ministry, we believe God can and does—often—heal. We believe that through Christ’s death and resurrection, sickness (just like sin) was defeated. We have spent over 25 years training and equipping the saints to pray for healing and deliverance, to much gain. Scores of thousands of testimonies are credited to the faithful “little ole’ me’s” who dutifully stick out their hand, trusting Jesus, and say, “Come Holy Spirit.” And every one of them, just like me, has their own agony stories. The ones that were not healed. The dead that were not raised. It is the mystery and—oftentimes—the heavy burden we must bear as Spirit-filled believers.
Lastly, I note that our actions have consequences. If we do not take care of our body, it suffers. We can pray for a supernatural reduction of our blood pressure and cholesterol—despite a penchant for a daily intake of fast food, or we can seek to make wise choices regarding diet and exercise. And though I have seen God heal the lungs of habitual smokers, my back suffers when I do not do my daily exercises. God desires us to make good choices that positively affect our whole being. We feel that taking extra precautions this year in light of the virus is a good choice. It honors those in authority over us and allows us to humble ourselves in loving sacrifice to those most vulnerable amongst us—our brothers and sisters.
I pray that you, like the Galatians, do not scorn or despise us for these conditions, though undoubtedly they will be a trial to some of you; rather, I hope that, also like the Galatians, the Spirit would be so manifest in our meetings that our love for one another would outshine any political or ideological differences. We are citizens of a new kingdom. Jesus Christ, our Messiah, is Lord!
Grace and peace to you,
Dr. Randy Clark
Overseer of the Apostolic Network of Global Awakening
As of August 1, 2020 the governor of Virginia is allowing gatherings indoors for religious purposes. Kindly see below for more information about what we are doing to keep you safe and follow the state’s guidelines.
We do not anticipate that the governor will reverse his stance on religious gatherings, however, if we would need to cancel the event or if you feel ill at the time of the event, we would gladly transfer your registration to another event, accept your registration as a donation to the ministry, or issue a full refund.
Please remember that if you are feeling ill, feverish, or exhibiting any symptoms of COIVD-19, it is required that you stay home and cancel your registration.
We will be taking temperatures at the door. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 F or higher will be asked to return home and contact us. For anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, we will be offering refunds or free streaming of the event live.
Our registration process will be as contactless as possible. We will have kiosks set up with tablets so you can check yourself in. Tablets will be sanitized after each use. You will pick up your name badge at a table (6+ feet wide). Kindly wait for the staff member to put your name on your badge, then set it on the edge of the table before you approach to receive it. This year we will have a digital guidebook available for download along with paper schedules.
We will have green and red stickers, which will be put onto the attendee name badges. If you choose a green sticker for your name tag, then you are okay with physical greetings (handshakes, etc.) & hands-on prayer. If you choose a red sticker for your name tag, then you’re asking that no one touch you and that others respect their physical boundaries.
The Commonwealth of Virginia has a statewide face-covering requirement in indoor public spaces. In addition, the governor recommends you wash your hands frequently, maintain 6+ feet of physical distance when in public spaces, and stay home if you have any symptoms of illness.
Each registrant will receive a Global Awakening mask and personal sized hand sanitizer. Maks must be worn at all times, per the governor’s orders. Hand sanitizer is to be used before and after any touchpoints.
Rows in the main meeting space will be wider than normal to allow for appropriate social distancing. We will set marks on the floor to encourage social distancing while waiting in line to enter the main hall before the morning and evening sessions.
Please note in breakout rooms and during meal times we cannot guarantee 6+ feet of social distancing, but we ask that you wear your face covering when you are not eating/drinking and do your best to respect other people’s physical space. Meals are optional and at an additional cost.
Please expect corporate prayer from the stage, as well as optional hands-on ministry. It is our goal to provide an excellent ministry experience while respecting health and safety guidelines.
For more information from the Commonwealth of Virginia, please review the guidelines and steps they are taking to keep people safe. https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Forward-Virginia-Phase-Three-Guidelines.pdf