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
As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast of the United States, Church of God Ministries is preparing even now to assist our congregations in affected areas. It is our plan to coordinate with state and regional pastors to assure immediate and appropriate response to this looming disaster. Should you wish to assist Church of God congregations in the Carolinas, Virginia, and extended areas with disaster relief, you may do so by making a contribution to the Disaster Relief Fund, #45.04502.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. John M. Johnson, Disaster Relief Ministries coordinator at Church of God Ministries, 800-848-2464, ext. 2107, or by e-mail at JJohnson@chog.org.
Thank you for your prayerful and financial support! Learn more about Church of God Disaster Relief at https://www.jesusisthesubject.org/disaster-relief/.
Posted in All Church of God, Disaster Relief
Tagged aid, assistance, Carolinas, contribution, Disaster Relief, East Coast, flooding, Hurricane Florence, John Johnson, North Carolina, rain, severe weather, South Carolina, storm, support, United States, Virginia
First meeting of Europe X in Budapest, Hungary.
By Carl Stagner
Ministry in Europe and the Middle East looks very little like ministry in other parts of the world. While churches in parts of the world preach and teach the message of Jesus in cultures already somewhat receptive to Christianity, the experience of pastors and church leaders in countries like France and Spain can be drastically different, difficult, and confounding. As a result, limited support structures have existed in recent generations to encourage and equip young men and women called into ministry. To come alongside these developing leaders, the Church of God in twelve countries came together to launch the Three World Leadership Network (3WLN). Since then, Church of God missionaries and young leaders have made strides toward revitalization of the church through partnership, awareness, networking, and encouragement. Earlier this year, they took the next step to invest specifically in young pastors and church planters passionate about multiplication in the midst of a challenging post-Christendom reality. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Global Strategy
Tagged 3WLN, England, Europe and the Middle East, Europe X, Europe-Middle East, France, Holland, Hungary, Italy, leadership development, Netherlands, networking, Patrick Nachtigall, post-Christendom, post-Christian, Russia, Spain, support, Three Worlds, Three Worlds Leadership Network, young leaders, young pastors
Photo: Fire engulfs Community First Church of God.
By Carl Stagner
A raging inferno blazed all around it, but it did not burn. The roof collapsed above it, but it didn’t budge. Thousands of gallons of water poured onto it, but it remained in place. The seven-foot wooden cross in the sanctuary of Community First Church of God in Homeland, California, which stood tall in the midst of piles of charred rubble, has since become a visible reminder of God’s faithfulness. Over the next few months, the church’s nightmare would set into motion a series of developments leading to a stronger, healthier congregation and community. Several hours earlier, however, Pastor Mike Gratzke found himself staring in disbelief at the sickening orange glow that illuminated the night sky. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Western
Tagged arson, burn down, California, community, Community First Church of God, ecumenical, fire, from the ashes, Homeland, inspirational, Mike Gratzke, rebuild, southern CA, support