Special moment of prayer at New Antioch Church of God.
By Carl Stagner
New Haven, Connecticut, is home to Esau Greene. He grew up in a family well-known to the community, achieving success in school, excelling especially in sports. After college, his story took a turn for the worse. But before it was too late, Jesus Christ not only rescued him from a life of drugs but also called him into ministry. Knowing what it’s like to live on the streets yet highly educated with a degree in human services, and coming from a family of influence yet familiar with the allure of drugs, Esau Greene is God’s man for the job—urban pastor in a college city. Though the church he leads is only three-and-a-half years old, it’s already grown from 5 to some 130 people. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Northeast
Tagged addiction, addiction recovery, Black History Month, church growth, college city, College town, Connecticut, CT, drug abuse, drugs, Esau Greene, Handel Smith, higher education, Inner city, New Antioch Church of God, New Haven, Northeast, northeastern, street life, street ministry, streets, testimony, Tiffany Greene, universities, university, urban ministries, urban missions, Yale
Residents of the ministry’s Nashville, Tennessee, home.
By Carl Stagner
In 2014, the Church of God reengaged in a more than one hundred-year battle against sex trafficking through the launch of Trafficklight. In the years since, individuals and congregations have rallied for the cause, raising awareness and funds to advance freedom. Stories have illuminated the hand of God on this initiative across North America and around the world, and partnerships have been developed and promoted with ministries doing the grunt work on the ground. The work of a parachurch ministry known as Mercy Multiplied has captured the attention of many in the fight for freedom. It’s not only helping young women break free of destructive situations—like trafficking and abuse—but also from a wide variety of destructive behaviors. Continue reading
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Tagged addiction recovery, anxiety, Brooke Keels, CHOG TraffickLight, depression, domestic ministries, drug abuse, eating disorder, healing, help, holistic, hope, Louisiana, Melanie Wise, Mercy Ministries, Mercy Multiplied, Nancy Alcorn, outreach, partnerships, personal transformation, Ray Owens, residential program, resource, self-esteem, self-harm, self-worth, sex trafficking, strugles, tools, training, U.S. and Canada Strategy, US-Canada Strategy, women, women in need, women's issues, women's ministry
Tami Dean (photo courtesy Billy Watkins).
By Billy Watkins
It doesn’t take long to find someone who needs addiction recovery. “Just look in the mirror,” says Rev. Calvin D. Waddy Jr., of Central Community Church of God in west Jackson, Mississippi. “When we hear the word recovery, we automatically think about drugs, alcohol or gambling. But everyone—and I do mean everyone—needs recovery of some sort.” Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Southeast
Tagged addiction recovery, Billy Watkins, Calvin Waddy, Celebrate Recovery, Central Community Church of God, Clarion-Ledger, drug addiction, freedom, Give Life, Jackson, Mississippi, MS, newspaper, reclaim what hell has stolen, Tami Dean, testimony
By Carl Stagner
“If it weren’t for this ministry, that needle would be back in my arms.” The sentiment of the women of Solid Rock Ministries in The Dalles, Oregon, echoes often in the mind of Pastor Ken Post. He says there’s nothing like watching these ladies become so addicted to Jesus Christ that drugs simply lose their former appeal. Following a brief “retirement” from the pastorate, Ken returned to the church he’d once pastored, which now was hurling toward the end of its life cycle. Though Ken was advised to shut the church down, he felt the Spirit tugging him to reorganize the operation into a refuge for women recovering from addiction. Solid Rock would still be a church, but no longer just another church in a community already saturated with churches. Its chief purpose would be to rescue and restore women in desperate need of a U-turn. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Western
Tagged addiction recovery, drug addiction, Freedom House, Ken Post, Oregon, outreach, restoration, Solid Rock Church of God, Solid Rock Ministries, The Dalles, women