Feeding ministry program in Nicaragua.
By Jason and Abby Torgeson
An important part of our new role as regional consultants involves traveling to check on the missionaries and projects in our area. For our first such trip, we decided to pay a visit to our neighbors to the north. Guillermo Herrera and his son Lesly are the pastors and leaders of the two Church of God congregations in Nicaragua. They are currently in process of transitioning from being launched by the Costa Rican church and funded by outside resources, to a self-sustaining ministry. The process has been challenging, as Nicaragua is one of the top-three most impoverished nations in the Western hemisphere. As Pastor Guillermo Herrera said, “Our congregation has eighty members. Eleven have jobs, and, of those, seven tithe.” Continue reading
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Tagged Abby Torgeson, Costa Rica, feeding program, food ministry, Global Strategy, goals, Granada church, Guillermo Herrera, Jason Torgeson, Latin America, Lesly Herrera, Missionaries, missions, Nicaragua, overcoming challenges, self-sustaining, the Torgesons, unrest, violence
First Church volunteers sporting their Do Something! T-shirts (from the book with the same title by Miles McPherson).
By Megan DeBruyn
It wasn’t just the bright T-shirts matching the even brighter smiles worn by First Church of God volunteers that inspired their new nickname. The southwest Michigan church was unofficially dubbed the “Do Something! Church” by the surrounding local community after launching a work day in the summer of 2009 that encouraged members of the congregation to get out and serve. Armed with work gloves, paint brushes, and cleaning supplies, the mob of roughly 800 First Church of God volunteers took to the streets on a Sunday morning in early June and began to serve the most basic needs of their community. Continue reading
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Tagged Benton Heights, Cars Ministry, Chris Britton, community, Do Something, First Church of God, food ministry, food pantry, Love Berrien, mechanical, mechanics, MI, Miles McPherson, missional, New Heights CCDA, outreach, service project, Southwest Michigan, St. Joseph, Stevensville, volunteerism