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School at the Shelter Prepares to Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Photo: Shelter Primary School girls

By Carl Stagner

In 2014, the Church of God was reintroduced to the Shelter at the Church of God Convention. That year, the ministry, which began housing unprotected orphan girls a hundred years earlier, held a grand celebration of God’s goodness and provision. At the same time, the Church of God rallied around the Shelter and Church of God Trafficklight in the preventative role it plays in the fight against trafficking. A few years have passed since the spotlight was shone brightly on this life-giving work in Cuttack, India, but now they’re gearing up for another celebration with similar significance. This November, the Shelter Primary School, on the same grounds as the Girls Shelter Home, will set aside three days of centennial ceremony and activity to commemorate its impact on the church and community. Continue reading

A Voice for the Voiceless: Protecting Infants, Reclaiming Drug-Dependent Mothers for Christ

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Photo: One of House of Virtue’s young women celebrates birth of a healthy boy!

By Carl Stagner

A newborn gasps for a breath of air, but can’t seem to get enough. While tremors and tics disturb her gaunt, fragile form, cries emanating from her weakened lungs simply cannot be consoled. Painful diarrhea and difficulty eating add to a long list of symptoms that plague this helpless one made in the image of God. Something is wrong. Something is very, very wrong. No baby should ever come into this world dependent on the drugs of her mother’s addiction. Yet, the mother doesn’t need more shame and guilt. So in Paragould, Arkansas, the House of Virtue has stepped in to love these mothers and their infants with the love of Christ—and put a serious dent in drug dependency. Continue reading

Masterpieces: Exposing Lies, Offering Truth to Teen Girls

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By Carl Stagner

Somewhere there’s a teenage girl burying her head in her hands, exhausted by her quest for acceptance. There’s a young woman sliding a thin metal object across her wrist, attempting to dull the sharper pain resident in her soul. There’s a daughter of the Most High God sending a text to a man she met online, desperate for somebody to love that which she loathes. Two Church of God girls have said, Enough is enough! In the final semester of their senior year in high school, Abby Crump and Amanda Gifford of Mooresville Church of God in Indiana have started a ministry to help girls understand who they are in God’s eyes. Continue reading

Opportunity: Visit the Shelter, See God’s Fingerprints Everywhere

On the east coast of India is the city of Cuttack, where the Church of God established an orphanage for girls in 1914. The girls came from a variety of backgrounds. Many sources tell harrowing tales of girls being physically removed from Hindu temples, where their futures were very uncertain. Christians literally saved the girls’ lives and gave them a future. Continue reading