Back-to-school haircut at Bedford First Church of God.
By Carl Stagner
Teachers making final preparations for their classes, students dreading the end of summer, parents adjusting to new routines, and school buses on the streets again (drivers, be careful!)—it can only mean one thing: it’s that time of year again! School is back in session or will begin again soon across much of the country, signaling a community-wide shift from one season to the next. Sometimes that shift can be anything but smooth for families, just as it can be for teachers, administrators, and staff. We celebrate the Church of God congregations across the country that recognize the need and do what they can to meet the need. School supply drives, special prayer gatherings, and “back-to-school bashes” are just a few of the ways numerous congregations are coming alongside schools and families as the fall semester dawns. Continue reading
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Salem Church disaster relief team removing debris from yard.
By Carl Stagner
Memorial Day weekend wasn’t all barbecues and sunshine across the Midwest. Especially from central Indiana to the Dayton, Ohio, area, festivities were cut short on May 27 due to an outbreak of tornadoes, the likes of which most residents had never seen. More than a dozen tornadoes touched down between the state line and the Interstate 75-Interstate 70 interchange, with winds up to 170 miles per hour in the worst twisters, one of which was a half-mile wide. To make matters worse, these storms came after dark and hit many low-income neighborhoods the hardest. Without hesitation, the Church of God sprang into action, offering assistance wherever it was needed. Even since the newness of the tragic events has worn off and the national spotlight on Dayton has dimmed, congregations like Salem and Hopeland continue to distribute helping hands, supplies, and love in the wake of disaster. Continue reading
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Tagged aid, Clayton, community service, Dayton, Hopeland, Hopeland Church, humanitarian, Jessica Hayes, Joel Burton, Kyle Hayes, love, OH, Ohio, outreach, Salem Church of God, service project, service projects, severe weather, storm, storm damage, tornado, tornadoes, Vacation Bible School, VBS
By Kyle Hayes
When we finalized the plans to join other Church of God leaders on a “vision” trip to visit Mike and Heather Webb last year, I was excited. But I was also completely unaware of how transformational the trip could be. Though my wife and I had traveled internationally, we had never been on the African continent. We were very much in over our heads. Continue reading
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Tagged Africa, Clayton, cross-cultural, Dayton, Global Strategy, international, Kyle Hayes, Mike and Heather Webb, mission trip, missions, Ohio, Salem Church of God, Tanzania, vision trip, Webbs