Tornado this year near Allen, South Dakota.
By Carl Stagner
Two tornadoes have touched down within a few miles of Pass Creek Church of God in Allen, South Dakota, this year. One of them struck during Church of God Convention 2019 and General Assembly, while Tim and Kim Wardell, Global Strategy missionaries to Native Americans, watched the news coverage helplessly, more than 1,800 miles away from home. Though everyone was safe and overall damage was minimal, the tornado left one family in Allen homeless. While South Dakota is often associated with cold and snowy winters, the state does rank fifteenth in the nation for annual tornado activity. In view of this, and the great need to protect the congregation, locals in need, and work camp guests, the Wardells are looking to the Lord and his church to help them turn a vision into reality. Continue reading
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Tagged Allen, danger, disaster, Indian Reservation, Kim Wardell, mission trips, Native American Ministries, outreach, Pass Creek Church of God, Pass Creek Facilities Project, Pine Ridge, project, SD, severe weather, shelter, South Dakota, STEM, storm, Tim and Kim Wardell, Tim Wardell, tornado, tornadoes, Vacation Bible School, VBS, weather
Photo: Cross-cultural footwashing in Bangladesh.
By Carl Stagner
If you’ve ever been on a mission trip, you know it’s a mistake to think you’re going to another country only to teach and bless someone else. More often than not, you end up learning more than you could offer. Instead of leaving feeling impressed by all the good you did, you feel humbled by the good people you met. When a group from Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis, Indiana; First Church of God in Marion, South Dakota; and Church of God Ministries in Anderson, Indiana, came together for a missions trip to Bangladesh this year, the teachers once again became the learners. Continue reading
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Tagged Asia and the Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Bangladesh, baptism, Barefoot Pastors Training, CARE, Carla Zerkle, Caroline Armstrong, Church at the Crossing, Church of God Ministries, cross-cultural, Don Armstrong, First Church of God, footwashing, Hindu, IN, Indiana, Indianapolis, international, Islam, Joe Cookston, John Zerkle, Joseph Cookston, Lalmonirhat, Marion, mission trips, missions, multicultural, Muslim, Nikki Bauerle, SD, Shelly Clasen, South Dakota, travel
Photo: One of many Highland Park mission teams.
By Carl Stagner
When missions and generosity are uttered in the same sentence, Highland Park Community Church in Casper, Wyoming, is one Church of God congregation that immediately comes to mind. These values are a part of the church’s DNA, as evidenced by over half a century of giving way above and beyond regular tithes and offerings. While the church’s missions budget of over $500,000 and financial support of more than thirty missions projects is impressive, it’s the heart of numerous individuals and groups within the congregation that astounds the most. The perspective of a few of these individuals sheds light on why the state’s largest church, of any denomination, chooses to invest so heavily in what God is doing around the world. Continue reading
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Tagged Casper, DNA, Faith Promise, generosity, Giving, Global Missions, Global Strategy, Highland Park Community Church, international, Lane Smothers, Laura Smothers, Mike Fackler, missiology, mission trips, mission-minded, missional, missions trips, offering, Vicki Orcutt, WY, Wyoming