Tim Stevenson preaching under the fig tree.
By Carl Stagner
With continued expansion in northern Uganda, the influence of the Church of God on South Sudan is also on the rise. Though South Sudan achieved independence in 2011 when Africa’s longest civil war ended, tremendous socioeconomic and political struggles persist. Clashes between clans, tribes, political parties, and religions have left behind widespread destruction and hopelessness. It has been reported that over 1.2 million refugees have fled South Sudan for Uganda, the country where Global Strategy missionaries Tim and Colleen Stevenson have worked for thirty-four years. Their work is having a direct impact on South Sudanese refugees as the Church of God establishes “centers” of hope, each noted for its congregation, school, well, and other programs for physical and spiritual health. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Global Strategy
Tagged Africa, Canada, child sponsorship, Children of Promise, Church of God centers, Church of God centres, Colleen Stevenson, fig tree, Germany, Missionaries, missions, northern Uganda, political, refugee, refugee camp, refugee crisis, socioeconomic, South Sudan, South Sudanese, Tim Stevenson, Uganda, war, well, wells
Ken & Keli with extended family of John & Rhonda in their home.
Over the last couple years, the Church of God Disaster Relief fund has provided matching funds to the German national church to support strategic refugee initiatives launched by local German congregations in response to the refugee crisis there. At the invitation and hospitality of the German Church of God, Ken and Keli Oldham (Global Strategy) were able to follow up with a few of these ministries this summer. They witnessed the German church developing significant relationships with refugees as they have sought not just to serve their needs, but to include them into their fellowships. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Disaster Relief, Global Strategy
Tagged 3W, aid, assistance, Disaster Relief, Europe and the Middle East, Europe-Middle East, German, Germany, global, Greece, hospitality, immigration, Iran, Islam, Ken and Keli Oldham, Ken Oldham, Middle-Eastern, migrants, missions, Muslim, refugee crisis, refugees, Syrian refugee crisis, Three Worlds
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
Photo: Cultural differences fade when Christ is in view.
By Audrey Weiger
“You fear that which you do not know.” —Martin Luther King Jr.
The Three Worlds team in Europe and the Middle East entered into a partnership to help German Church of God congregations ministering to refugees. They brainstormed ways to make this partnership happen and decided to connect Glamorgan Church of God in Calgary, Canada, to the Bad Segeberg Church of God in Bad Segeberg, Germany.
Standing there nervously at the airport, not sure what to expect, I waited. Texts were flying back and forth—it felt a bit like I was meeting a blind date. But really I was waiting on the ministry group to arrive from Calgary, Canada. Continue reading
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Tagged Audrey Weiger, Canada, Christy Kihm, cross-cultural, Daniel Kihm, Disaster Relief, Europe and the Middle East, European, Germany, Global Strategy, partnership, refugees, Syrian refugee crisis, Three Worlds
Photo: CWC-sponsored medical clinic, Zambia. Immersion Trip 2015.
By Carl Stagner
Immersion. Often in the church, the word is used to describe the ordinance of baptism. For Christian Women Connection, formerly known as Women of the Church of God, immersion means so much more. Immersion Trips, an integral part of CWC’s ministry since 2005, have made it possible for Christian women to go deeper in their walk with Christ through annual, firsthand mission experiences. A closer look at these popular opportunities sheds light on why this year’s trip to Berlin, Germany, has already reached capacity. Continue reading
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Tagged Berlin, Christian Women Connection, CWC, Germany, global, Immersion Trips, Mary Stephens, missions, Pink Door, short-term, travel, women's ministry, Zambia
Photo: Poltava Church of God leadership celebrates the congregation’s eighth anniversary at the the annual convention this November.
By Carl Stagner
You’ve seen the headlines. You’ve read the prayer requests on Church of God social media. You know we have a strong Church of God presence there. Now that Jim Lyon has returned from a trip to Ukraine, you can learn just how our brothers and sisters are faring through the ongoing conflict, politics, and constant threat of war. You can also discover the vigorous spirit behind their rapidly growing congregations that trace their roots back to Christians Broadcasting Hope. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, CBH: Christians Broadcasting Hope, Global Strategy
Tagged CBH, Christians Broadcasting Hope, conference, convention, Germany, Jim Lyon, Poltava, Ukraine, unity, war
Learn more about the Church of God response to sex trafficking at www.jesusisthesubject.org/chog-trafficklight.
Photo: Joshua and Audrey Weiger with daughter Emma.
NAME: Joshua and Audrey Weiger
ASSIGNMENT: Joshua will head up a network that supports youth leaders in Europe and the Middle East as well as youth. Audrey will use her business and management skills to assist in the ministry with women caught in sex trafficking and in organizational and administrative work for the Three Worlds region. Continue reading
By Bill Ellis
On Saturday, at 4:00 PM, June 4, 1955, Kitty and I were married in Maiden Lane Church of God, Springfield, Ohio. Rev. Dr. Harold W. Boyer officiated. Three weeks later, we sailed for Europe for seven weeks of adventure, one week crossing the Atlantic each way, five weeks by train and bus travel through countries that had suffered much during World War II. Continue reading