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
Posted in All Church of God, Global Strategy, Home Missions
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
By Carl Stagner
For as long as they can remember, their church put up with cracking, crumbling concrete. Like many churches, the fellowship hall was located in the basement, and hosted many a church potluck and reception. In 1957, the current church building was constructed, and almost since the beginning, parishioners had to tread carefully among the visible results of shifting and settling. Springfield Church of God in Springfield, Colorado, desperately needed a new basement floor, but like many churches, simply didn’t have the available funds for the job. But when a sizeable donation came in from an anonymous source, the church knew it was time to use their God-given facility for more than potlucks and traditional church functions. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Western
Tagged building, Colorado, community, Earl Heath, expansion, facility, grounds, outreach, renovation, shelter, Springfield, stewardship
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
Posted in All Church of God, Central
Tagged Arkansas, baby, community, crisis, Danielle Edgar, First Church of God, girls, ladies, outreach, Paragould, pregnant, Refuge, shelter, women