Tag Archives: Arkansas

All-Volunteer Parachurch Ministry Meets Needs, Gives Life in Arkansas

Lines of people waiting to be blessed by Healing Waters.

By Carl Stagner

Consider what just happened the weekend before Thanksgiving. Three hundred thirty meals were served and over two hundred bags of food were given away. For free. No catch. Even more exciting—thirty-eight individuals accepted Christ. But this wasn’t a special holiday outreach. Revival services weren’t planned, and no traveling evangelist had been brought in to deliver an impassioned sermon. Obviously, this wasn’t Easter, yet numerous non-churchgoers were within earshot of the gospel. Far from an unusual occurrence at Healing Waters Outreach Center in Shannon Hills, Arkansas, these kinds of Holy Spirit-happenings take place on a weekly basis! The parachurch ministry supported by the Church of God in Arkansas now has a connection through one of its founding members to the Urban Missions team of Church of God Ministries. Robert Holt gives us a glimpse into the life-giving, far-reaching impact of Healing Waters, and why so many—at least 125 people—choose to volunteer their time every week for the work. Continue reading

How a Growing Nontraditional Traditional Church Plant Began in Arkansas

Packed house for worship at Faith Fellowship.

By Carl Stagner

They have no formal training in church planting, but they’ve planted a church. Their worship and ministry style is neither flashy nor trendy, yet they’ve attracted a crowd. There was no market research conducted before their launch service, yet they’re already making disciples. Kevin and Danielle Edgar recently returned to a community they knew and loved, and simply began preaching the Word of God, singing a few gospel songs and hymns, and building friendships. Faith Fellowship Church of God is a growing, nontraditional, traditional church plant in Paragould, Arkansas. They may be doing things differently, but they’re certainly getting things done, and the results are both God-glorifying and hell-shaking. Continue reading

Feeding the Hungry in Hot Springs, Arkansas

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By Katy Hagerman

Oaklawn Church of God is following the passage from James 2:16-17, which says, “If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” After learning that one in four students attending the school located near the church eat only one meal a day, which is the one they receive at school, they knew that hunger in their community was a big issue. This helped Oaklawn see Jesus’ vision for meeting a specific need in their own community. Their food pantry has been operating since 2010, and serves on average sixty to one hundred families each month. Continue reading

A Voice for the Voiceless: Protecting Infants, Reclaiming Drug-Dependent Mothers for Christ

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Photo: One of House of Virtue’s young women celebrates birth of a healthy boy!

By Carl Stagner

A newborn gasps for a breath of air, but can’t seem to get enough. While tremors and tics disturb her gaunt, fragile form, cries emanating from her weakened lungs simply cannot be consoled. Painful diarrhea and difficulty eating add to a long list of symptoms that plague this helpless one made in the image of God. Something is wrong. Something is very, very wrong. No baby should ever come into this world dependent on the drugs of her mother’s addiction. Yet, the mother doesn’t need more shame and guilt. So in Paragould, Arkansas, the House of Virtue has stepped in to love these mothers and their infants with the love of Christ—and put a serious dent in drug dependency. Continue reading

Reclaiming Rural America for Christ: CrossRoads Harrison, Arkansas

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Photo: Pastor Johnny Walters preaches.

By Carl Stagner

“This is rural America, where one rite of passage is hunting. Here, you don’t miss opening day of deer, turkey, or duck season!” Pastor Johnny Walters tells it like it is when it comes to doing ministry down in the Ozarks of northern Arkansas. Once part of a family music show in tourist-hot-spot Branson, Missouri, Pastor Johnny’s primary focus is now providing a safe place for broken people to find refuge and restoration in Jesus’ name. Though comprised of just seven members when Johnny began caring for the CrossRoads Community Church of God flock, about one thousand now call the thriving Harrison, Arkansas, church their home. Continue reading

Disaster Update: Tornadoes and Severe Weather

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Photo: From 2013, this file photo shows a tornado-damaged home in Moore, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy Wayne Auker.

Some 75 million people across the United States are threatened by a severe weather system this week. A number of damaging tornadoes have already struck several states, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Alabama, and Louisiana. Church of God Ministries is in the process of communicating with regional pastors and other state leaders. As of this morning, no damage has been reported and no lives have been lost in Church of God congregations. Continue reading

Boldly Preaching Jesus at Age 100: Linvel Arington

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By Steve Nelson

Retired Church of God pastor Linvel Arington turned one hundred years old on November 24, 2013. Instead of the typical birthday celebration, Linvel spent the morning preaching from the pulpit of Oaklawn Church of God in Hot Springs, Arkansas. What started out as a tongue-in-check joke about preaching his “next-to-last sermon” on his one hundredth birthday turned into a momentous reality. Continue reading