Convention guests from Mexico and Ghana together in 2013.
By Carl Stagner
In 2015, the General Assembly passed a resolution directing the Church of God Convention to “encourage broad participation” by the Church of God around the world every fourth year. The first of these gatherings with an international emphasis is Convention 2019 in Orlando, Florida, June 27–30 (www.chogconvention.org). With Church of God speakers from outside the United States and Canada, approximately 170 international registrants to date, and a variety of missions conferences and events, Convention 2019 and General Assembly is gearing up to be one of the most international experiences of the Church of God in North America. Continue reading
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A symbol of hope post-hurricane at Warner University.
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Warner University students safe in their shelter (credit: David Hoag).
By Carl Stagner
More than six million people in Florida remain without power today as the remnants of Hurricane Irma batter much of the southeastern United States. What once was a Category Five storm has been downgraded to tropical storm status, but not without leaving behind damage across much of the state of Florida and utter devastation on some Caribbean islands. Residents in much of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are not yet out of the woods. At last count, Irma’s wrath has claimed nearly forty lives across the Caribbean and some reports suggest up to 95 percent of buildings on the island of Barbuda. As of Monday, September 11, assessment is ongoing. Continue reading
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Tagged aid, Caribbean, Cuba, David Miller, Disaster Relief, Disaster Relief Team, Dominican Republic, DRC, flooding, Florida, Florida Church of God Ministries, Georgia, Global Strategy, Haiti, Hurricane Irma, islands, Miami, Missionaries, relief, South Carolina, St. Kitts and Nevis, US Virgin Islands, Warner University, wind damage
Thursday, July 6 was the culmination of several years of hard work and planning, the fruition of years of dreaming. A.One.8 launched today in Lake Wales, Florida. A.One.8 is Global Strategy’s answer to the need for a training experience for young leaders within the Church of God who are called to cross-cultural missions. Andrew Gale, from Global Strategy, is heading up this experience. Continue reading
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Tagged A.One.8, A18, AOne8, cross-cultural, Dominican Republic, DR, FL, Florida, heart, Lake Wales, leadership development, missions, students, Warner Universty, youth
Photo: Prayer at the Church of God where Juan Santos is pastor.
By Carl Stagner
Though some might consider it overused, there’s likely no better word to describe what’s happening today among Christians in the Dominican Republic. Revival can be seen breaking out in churches, on street corners, in sports, in the media, and even in politics. Unconcerned with denominational differences and squabbles over style, churches are banding together under one unifying message—Jesus. Church of God pastor Juan Santos recently led his Santo Domingo congregation to participate in a weeklong evangelism initiative, a national effort which resulted in several thousand souls won to Christ. He’s delighted to report on the incredible impact of the experience and reveal insights into the cultural transformation permeating nearly every level of society. Continue reading
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Tagged discipleship, Dominican Republic, ecumenical, evangelism, global, Jesus Is the Subject, Juan Santos, Latin America, missions, revival, salvation, Santo Domingo, saved, societal transformation, unity
By Carl Stagner
They raise the funds themselves. Then they go out and build a house. They give the home to a needy family, debt-free. Then they do it again. Their work touches the lives of families in Guatemala, Mexico, and soon in the Dominican Republic and the United States. The first time Thursday Church of Vincennes, Indiana, built one of these homes, the new homeowners weren’t the only ones blessed. Since that day, Thursday Church has never been the same. Continue reading
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