Team working together to tie a post.
By Bobby and Jenny Mihsill
On a Sunday morning in the village of Sinfra, about an hour and fifteen minutes from where we live in Yamoussoukro, people sit shoulder-to-shoulder on backless wooden benches at the local Church of God. The church has been meeting in the living room area of the house that was built for the pastor, although they outgrew the space some time ago. Continue reading
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Tagged Africa, Bobby and Jenny Mihsill, building project, Cote d'Ivoire, Global Strategy, growth, Ivory Coast, Missionaries, missions, the Mihsills, work teams
Down to the studs at Community of Hope!
By Carl Stagner
Rusty Akers couldn’t have known what the journey would entail, but no doubt he knew it would be the journey of a lifetime. Planting a church in the heart of one of the fastest-growing cities in the country had its strong points, but it wasn’t going to be easy. The hard work of holding services in an elementary school, the years of community involvement, and the faithful communication of the gospel has more than paid off in eternal rewards—souls won to Christ, believers baptized, lives transformed, and a community better for it. But more than one purchase of property since 2005 and a community far more transient than expected, resulting in frequent turnover of residents and congregational makeup, has proved grueling. Nonetheless, the opportunity seized recently by Community of Hope, a life-giving Church of God congregation in Maricopa, Arizona, is one with implications for both now and the future. By the end of the summer, they will have completely renovated a former jail, transforming it into the church’s new children’s ministry wing. Continue reading
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Tagged Arizona, AZ, building project, challenge, children, children's ministry, community, Community of Hope, construction, expansion, Give Life, Jesus Is the Subject, kids, Maricopa, Mexico, municipal, New Life, Reclaim, rehab, renovation, Rusty Akers, school, service project, setbacks, Southwest, triumph
By Carl Stagner
It may be your church board’s worst nightmare. Just when you least expect it, just when the finances can’t handle any more pressure, the bottom falls out. Often it’s a problem with the church building or property that needs attention, and such was the case for Lighthouse Community Church of God in Neodesha, Kansas, earlier this year. One problem appeared to lead to the next, until God made it clear that he is still in control. The very structural headaches that seemed only to worsen were actually blessings in disguise. Continue reading