By Kathy Rankin Simpson
Editor’s Note—Kathy and her husband Dave were missionaries in Bulgaria for ten years in the early 2000s.
As Dave and I depart for Bulgaria, we are so happy to be carrying a flash drive with a video greeting from the general director Jim Lyon and Church of God Ministries. The Bulgarians will be blessed to know that the 100th anniversary of the Church of God in Bulgaria is recognized by fellow believers so far away. To them it will be an affirmation of their worth and their place in the Movement. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Global Strategy
Tagged 100th anniversary, anniversary celebration, Bulgaria, Bulgarian, Dave and Kathy Simpson, Europe and the Middle East, Europe-Middle East, Kathy Rankin Simpson, Plovdiv, Plovdiv Perspectives
Pastor Clint beams with four church ladies who have been a part of the congregation for over 45 years each.
By Carl Stagner
Newton, Kansas, is home to about 20,000 people. But it’s also home to more than fifty churches! If everyone in town attended church and each church had an equal number of people, you’d have four hundred people in each church. But that’s not the case at all. Instead, most of the churches are small, and much of the population of Newton is still unreached. Not unlike towns and cities across North America, Newton’s churches and ministers had little or no connection with one another. Sure, there was a ministerial assembly, but “Kingdom-of-God unity,” as Pastor Clint McBroom puts it, simply wasn’t happening. He and the congregation of First Church of God decided something had to change. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central
Tagged 100th anniversary, Centennial, Clint McBroom, community, cooperation, ecumenical, First Church of God, Heston, Jesus Is the Subject, Kansas, KS, ministerial alliance, Newton, Reclaim, reclamation, together, unity
Truth, Faith, and Service Speaker Scott Russell Sanders
Writer and conservationist Scott Russell Sanders will be speaking in Nicholson Library on the campus of Anderson University on Friday, September 8, at 7 PM as part of the Truth, Faith, and Service speaker series. The event is free and open to the public.
Sanders’ work examines the human place in nature, the pursuit of social justice, the relationship between culture and geography, and the search for a spiritual path. He has written more than twenty books exploring these topics, and retired in 2009 as distinguished professor of English after thirty-eight years at Indiana University. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Colleges & Universities
Tagged 100th anniversary, Anderson, Anderson University, AU, Centennial, IN, Indiana, Scott Russell Sanders, speaker series, York Children's Literature Festival
Photo: Shelter Primary School girls
By Carl Stagner
In 2014, the Church of God was reintroduced to the Shelter at the Church of God Convention. That year, the ministry, which began housing unprotected orphan girls a hundred years earlier, held a grand celebration of God’s goodness and provision. At the same time, the Church of God rallied around the Shelter and Church of God Trafficklight in the preventative role it plays in the fight against trafficking. A few years have passed since the spotlight was shone brightly on this life-giving work in Cuttack, India, but now they’re gearing up for another celebration with similar significance. This November, the Shelter Primary School, on the same grounds as the Girls Shelter Home, will set aside three days of centennial ceremony and activity to commemorate its impact on the church and community. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, CHOG TraffickLight, Global Strategy
Tagged 100th anniversary, A. D. Kahn, Asia and the Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Centennial, Cuttack, Don Armstrong, education, Faith Stewart, girls, global, home, human trafficking, India, international, Shelter Primary School, Sonat and Nolini Mundal, The Shelter