By Carl Stagner
September 20, 2017. To most of the country, that date holds no particular significance. But in Puerto Rico, that date will long be remembered as the day everything changed for almost everyone. Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in one hundred years, left widespread devastation in its wake. Utility companies have struggled to restore power, businesses have struggled to reopen, and some churches have even closed their doors. A mass exodus of citizens, without precedent in the history of the territory, has only made the problem worse. Though media coverage has waned, the need for restoration of property—and hope—is more critical than ever. Moved with compassion and compelled by the Spirit, Florida Ministries, the Hispanic Council (Concilio Hispano), Helping Hands in Motion, and Florida congregations are coming together for Puerto Rico on the third of June for what they’re calling Hurricane Sunday. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Disaster Relief, Southeast
Tagged aid, Amanda Chambers, damage, disaster, Florida Church of God Ministries, Florida Ministries, fundraiser, fundraising, Helping Hands, Hispanic Council, Hispano Concilio, hurricane, Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Sunday, Isaias Marquez, Ken Love, Puerto Rico, rebuilding, restoration, Richard Fields, weather, work teams
Photo: Pastor David Aukerman preparing to race!
By Carl Stagner
“…As the pastor behind me started to pass me on the inside, I gave the car more gas and tried to speed through the turn while staying high on the track. Turns three and four went well, but I had too much speed coming through turn one. I slipped up and over the edge of the track in turn two, down a short hill, and ran into the retaining wall on the other side—all in the span of two or three seconds.” No, this wasn’t the Brickyard 400, and the setting was neither Talladega nor Daytona. The competition was fierce, but not against each other; these pastors were racing for a charity of their choice. Though Pastor David Aukerman of Mt. Haley Church of God in Midland, Michigan, wasn’t ultimately named on the six-foot-tall cross-adorned traveling trophy, he did raise nearly $2,500 for the local homeless shelter. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Great Lakes
Tagged charity, competition, David Aukerman, Faster Pastor, fundraiser, homeless shelter, MI, Michigan, Midland, Mt. Haley Church of God, Open Door, race, racing, Tri-City Motor Speedway
Text by Abby Knowles; Video edited by Jared Powell
Today we want to once again say, “Thank you, Church of God!” Because of your contribution to the TraffickLight initiative, lives are forever changed and the kingdom’s limits are reaching new bounds. As the final dollars came in this summer, we reached a total amount raised of over $715,000. This is amazing, and the impact is significant! Our ministry partners have the ability to expand their mission and see dreams realized because of your support and sacrifice. Check out the video to see a recap of this project. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, CHOG TraffickLight
Tagged cause, CHOG TraffickLight, exploitation, freedom, fundraiser, global, human trafficking, initiative, rescue, sex trade, sex trafficking, thank you
By Carl Stagner
Sometimes the best way to champion a cause is also the sweetest. First Church of God in Farmington, Missouri, wanted to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking, but needed to find a way to avoid breaking the budget. Selling apple butter was their solution. With a little effort, First Church of God is proving that churches of all sizes can do something to advance freedom for the captives. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central, CHOG TraffickLight
Tagged CHOG TraffickLight, Farmington, First Church of God, Freedom Sunday, fundraiser, human trafficking, Jessica Herwig, Missouri, sex trade, sex trafficking, Shannon Skinner
Photo: Mayor Eugene Fultz, of Lake Wales, Florida, expresses publicly his appreciation for the generous community service of HighPoint Church.
By Jack Hilligoss
“We need to give away more money this year than we ever have before.” That declaration, by one of the elders of HighPoint Church of God in Lake Wales, Florida, came in the late summer of 2013. It was the beginning of a year of extraordinary local impact.
The church leaders were struggling to assemble a budget for the coming year and find the dollars that were needed. The biggest ticket item was the mortgage on a new building they constructed in 2008. Often during these difficult budget meetings, the statement had been made, “Just think what God could do with that $144,000 we spend annually on the mortgage.” Continue reading