Photo: Pastor Jonathan Secrest at the wheel of a bus.
By Carl Stagner
God doesn’t call everybody to drive a forty-five-foot-long double-decker bus. That’s probably a good thing. But Jonathan Secrest was not just called to drive a bus. He was also called out of a career in youth ministry to steer a bus ministry toward a brighter future as its director. Unconventional? Perhaps. But not at all unqualified. Jonathan’s journey of experiences has prepared him for this moment, and opportunities to reach the lost and strengthen the believer abound around every curve. Continue reading
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Tagged bus, camp, First Church of God, getaways, Indiana, Jonathan Secrest, Lightrider Ministries, Marion, retreats, Teays Valley Church of God, Upland, West Virginia, youth ministry
Photo: Refugee teen having a blast at camp.
By Carl Stagner
“You accepted us like family. Here we weren’t the foreigners—the refugees. We were part of the group. Thank you.” When the Church of God is willing to work together to advance the kingdom, people notice. Lives are touched. Hearts are softened. Seeds are planted. History tells us many of these seeds not only germinate, but bear fruit and spread more seeds. This summer, moved by the refugee crisis in our world today, Church of God leaders in Germany committed to invest in six refugees from Afghanistan. Each one separated from family and friends after fleeing dangerous living conditions, these refugee youth with a background in Islam would not only hear the gospel, but feel sincere love and grace from peers who humbly bear the name of Christ. IYC students helped make it all possible. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Global Strategy, IYC: International Youth Convention, Youth Ministries
Tagged Afghanistan, camp, crisis, evangelism, Germany, Islam, IYC, Josh Weiger, missions, Muslim, refugee, sponsor, Spread the Word, Teenfreizeit, teens, thank you, underwrite, youth