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Philippines Volcano Update: Effects Linger from January 12 Eruption

Volcanic eruption (stock image)

By Carl Stagner

On January 12, a prominent volcano, known as Taal, erupted south of Manila. Somewhat eclipsed by major headlines since the new year, the eruption nevertheless wreaked havoc on parts of the Philippines. Even as the weeks pass and government lowers the level of alert, the harmful effects of the eruption on daily life linger. While 376,000 displaced residents were recently allowed to return home, the ash and smoke left behind remain a serious problem. Ivy Jean So, contact on the ground for the Church of God in the area, offers a brief update on the ongoing disaster and recommendations for how the broader movement can best keep them in prayer. Continue reading

Jewel of the Philippines Glistens in Office of the President

Photo: Jewel Leodones speaks to the Church of God in North America.

By Carl Stagner

Every child is a treasure in God’s sight. Of this assertion, there is no discrepancy in the Church of God. As Jesus welcomed the children into his presence, congregations and individuals offer open arms to children all over the world, most of the time without even crossing an ocean. Through the child sponsorship ministry of the Church of God, individual and congregational reach is extended to parts of the world where hope for a brighter future is often only a dream. In this twenty-fifth year of ministry for Children of Promise, there is one Jewel that glistens especially bright, shining the light of Christ in church, community, and government. She’s living proof that dreams do come true. Continue reading