Residents move to higher ground due to rising floodwaters in Malawi.
By Carl Stagner
A crisis of biblical proportions is ongoing in southern Africa, especially the countries of Malawi and Zambia. Lives have been lost. Storms have collapsed homes belonging to Children of Promise-sponsored children. Flooding has destroyed homes belonging to Church of God pastors and laypeople. Church buildings and facilities have been washed away. Crops—representing the livelihood of countless individuals—have been decimated by rising floodwaters in some areas, while catastrophic drought has rendered other fields worthless. Overall, thousands of Church of God people, and hundreds of thousands of people beyond the movement, have been affected by these atmospheric extremes. Church of God Ministries is sending initial funds to the Church of God in Malawi and Zambia, but so much more is needed. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Disaster Relief, Global Strategy
Tagged Africa, crisis, Disaster Relief, Disaster Relief Team, donation, DRC, drought, Emmanuel Masamba, financial, flood, flooding, floods, funds, help, humanitarian aid, hunger, Mailesi Ndao, Malawi, rain, southern Africa, storm damage, storms, support, weather, wind, Zambia
Children enjoying a meal provided by the church.
By Bernie and Akiko Barton
April is a time of new beginnings in Japan, with a new school year and the start of a new fiscal year. At Futsukaichi Eiko Christ Church, a new community outreach ministry began this April—Flowers of the Field Meal Service. With more families needing dual incomes these days, kids often don’t have family meal times. Throughout Japan there is a push for meal services to help provide kids with stable, nutritional meals. Our church has started the only meal service in our immediate community. We provide a low-cost, nutritious meal, two Friday evenings a month. The response has been surprising, with almost twenty coming each time so far. Please pray for our pastor’s wife, Kazuko Numa, as she leads this ministry and for church volunteer staff as we relate to our neighbors who join us for supper. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Global Strategy
Tagged Akiko Barton, amazing grace, art, Bernie Barton, children, community, feeding, food, Fusukaichi Church, global hunger, Global Strategy, Hoshino, hunger, Japan, meals, Missionaries, missionary, missions, new beginnings, outreach, painting
Pastor Darius Miller at food giveaway.
By Carl Stagner
One church’s ministry to their community might not be the best for your community. You can’t address the needs of your neighbors until you know your neighbors. Motivated by a genuine love for people—not just a goal to see more bodies fill the pews—Shadydale Church of God in Houston, Texas, conducted a survey of their area. The survey, designed to determine how they could best take care of their neighbors, revealed that drug abuse, domestic violence, and educational issues were of greatest concern. In 2006, to maximize the long-term impact on the community on what mattered most, the church established what’s known as the Shadydale Community Development Corporation. More than a decade later, Pastor Darius Miller is at the helm, leading the church and community to take back what hell has stolen. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central, Give Life
Tagged community, Darius Miller, domestic violence, drug abuse, education, Houston, hunger, job skills, jobs, outreach, partners, partnership, poverty, reclamation, service project, Shadydale Church of God, Shadydale Community Development Corporation, Texas, TX, unemployed
Photo: Cornwall Church’s Skagit Valley “Tulip Team” members.
By Carl Stagner
Jesus is the subject, no doubt about it. The life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—from birth, to death, to resurrection—is one we exalt from Sunday to Sunday, Christmas to Easter, and throughout the year. It’s no wonder that Church of God congregations across the country and around the world are pulling out all the stops for a week of worship, reflection, outreach, community service, and celebration. Throughout the movement, churches are preparing for community Easter egg hunts and festivals, Communion, Good Friday gatherings, Sunrise services, breakfasts and brunches, stations of the cross, special music and drama—and of course, footwashing. Continue reading
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Tagged Bellingham, Communion, community, Cornwall Church, Easter, Easter egg hunt, food distribution, footwashing, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Holy Week, hunger, IN, Indiana, Maundy Thursday, New Albany, New Albany First Church of God, New Covenant Church, OK, Oklahoma, outreach, PA, packing meals, Passion Week, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, resurrection, service, Shawnee, Skagit Valley, Sunday, WA, Washington
By Carl Stagner
Deadly floods in West Virginia, South Carolina, and Malawi. Earthquakes in Ecuador, Myanmar, and Japan. A typhoon in the Philippines. Tornadoes in Oklahoma and parts of the Midwest. The European refugee crisis. Over just the past few years, Church of God Ministries has been hard at work, carefully distributing funds you’ve given to provide much-needed relief in the wake of disasters around the world. Church of God Ministries maintains the Disaster Relief Fund on behalf of the Church of God movement in order to be able to respond swiftly to disasters when they strike. Recently the need has proved greater than our capacity. We’re looking to God’s abundant grace and your generosity to continue disaster relief into the future. Continue reading