Residents of the ministry’s Nashville, Tennessee, home.
By Carl Stagner
In 2014, the Church of God reengaged in a more than one hundred-year battle against sex trafficking through the launch of Trafficklight. In the years since, individuals and congregations have rallied for the cause, raising awareness and funds to advance freedom. Stories have illuminated the hand of God on this initiative across North America and around the world, and partnerships have been developed and promoted with ministries doing the grunt work on the ground. The work of a parachurch ministry known as Mercy Multiplied has captured the attention of many in the fight for freedom. It’s not only helping young women break free of destructive situations—like trafficking and abuse—but also from a wide variety of destructive behaviors. Continue reading
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Tagged addiction recovery, anxiety, Brooke Keels, CHOG TraffickLight, depression, domestic ministries, drug abuse, eating disorder, healing, help, holistic, hope, Louisiana, Melanie Wise, Mercy Ministries, Mercy Multiplied, Nancy Alcorn, outreach, partnerships, personal transformation, Ray Owens, residential program, resource, self-esteem, self-harm, self-worth, sex trafficking, strugles, tools, training, U.S. and Canada Strategy, US-Canada Strategy, women, women in need, women's issues, women's ministry
Photo: Mentoring based on God’s Word at Hope Ranch.
By Carl Stagner
In February 2015, we first shared the story of how Hope Ranch for Women in Wichita, Kansas, came to be. A little over two years later, their story of reclaiming what hell has stolen from the lives of victims of exploitation continues to unfold. With its origins in one of several strong Church of God congregations in Wichita—Christ Church—Hope Ranch will be celebrated at Church of God Convention 2017 for its highly effective ministry. Those who attend the Freedom Summit on Friday, June 23, will also have the chance to tour their life-giving campus. Before you go, get to know a bit about the ministry which has forever changed the course of sex trafficking survivors. Continue reading
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Tagged Andover, Cathy Turner, Central Community Church, CHOG Convention 2017, CHOG TraffickLight, Christ Church, Church of God Convention, equine assisted learning, equine therapy, Freedom Summit, healing, hope, Hope Ranch, Hope Ranch for Women, horses, human trafficking, Kansas, mentoring, Reclaim 2017, sex trade, sex trafficking, Trafficklight 2.0, victims, Wichita
Photo: Madison Park Church of God
By Karen Roberts
It started about a week after Noah’s dad left. Fear like nothing he’d ever experienced before. Unable to sleep. Unable to concentrate at school. It felt as if he were dying, and his dad was no longer there to help. Where was his dad?
Noah’s mom didn’t understand what was happening to her seven-year-old son. She was devastated by her own immediate circumstances. She needed a full-time job. The aging van was on its last legs. What would happen to the family home if she couldn’t keep up with the mortgage payments? She knew she needed an attorney, but she had no money to hire one.
And then a caring friend told her about DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K). Continue reading
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Tagged Anderson, children, Christi Maidlow, community, divorce, DivorceCare For Kids, families, hope, IN, Indiana, Karen Roberts, kids, Madison Park Church of God, outreach
By Henry G. Johnson
In Acts 12 we read of some discouraging circumstances that faced the early church. Herod had killed James with the sword and put Peter in prison, intending to kill him after Easter. If the early church had been inclined to become easily discouraged, it would have failed at this time. But instead of letting these discouraging circumstances drive them to despair, they drove them to their knees in prayer. A praying church is one that will never fail, for when a crisis comes it knows what to do; it is acquainted with the One who knows all things and can work all things out for good to those who love God. Continue reading
By Serena Ellens
“…The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21 NKJV). Often cited in times of trial or difficulty, these famous words perfectly embody the attitude of Houston First Church of God during the past few months. The trials began with severe flooding in the church, which was due to the heavy rainfall and resulting damaged drainage pipe that burst in the roof above the youth room. Filling the church with one to three inches of standing water, the flood damaged numerous areas of the building and required that much of it be gutted and completely redone (drywall and insulation included).
Then the church was struck again, this time with the traumatic and sudden loss of their lead pastor, John Miller. After suffering a stroke on June 2, Miller passed away a few days later, leaving his congregation behind while he went to be with the Lord. Continue reading
Photo: Tim and Colleen Stevenson
By Carl Stagner
“You have cancer”—three words no one ever wants to hear from a doctor. In February 2014, a blank stare spread across Colleen Stevenson’s face as a doctor in Uganda uttered these same three words. Once the initial shock wears off, many new cancer patients like Colleen are left to wrestle with feelings of disbelief, dismay, and disillusionment. Along with her husband Tim, the Church of God missionary has certainly had to climb her fair share of mountains over the past thirty years of service in and around Uganda. Never before, however, has her journey been marked by a mountain so massive, so steep. But by God’s amazing grace, the view on the other side is nothing short of spectacular. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Global Strategy
Tagged Africa, Blog, cancer, Children of Promise, Colleen Stevenson, disease, encouragement, healing, hope, Miracle, missionary, missions, Tim, Uganda
By Carl Stagner
Juvenile crime—down 39 percent in one year. Arrests—down 54 percent in one year. Since 2004, overall juvenile crime has plummeted by more than 70 percent. Some crimes are now virtually nonexistent. The past thirteen years have ushered in a new era of learning to work together to transform culture. As a result of strategic partnership between churches, schools, and government, there has been an explosion of extreme love in Florence, South Carolina. Pastor Clyde Odom of King of Kings Church of God has brought this incredible story of transformation to light. Continue reading
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Tagged Clyde Odom, Community Coalition, cooperation, crime, discipleship, documentary, Extreme Love, faith, Florence, hope, King of Kings Church, love, outreach, South Carolina, transformation, unity, video, Weslei Vianna, YouTube