Dr. MaryAnn Hawkins teaches in Pakistan.
By Carl Stagner
Earlier this year, we brought you the story of “Facebook Seminary”—an innovative, online approach to providing quality education to pastors-in-training in Pakistan. Every Saturday evening during their semester, they gather around a screen to learn under the teaching of Anderson University adjunct professor, Dr. Sarah Blake LaRose. The George Theological College in Karachi, Pakistan, originally hoped that a theological professor from the United States could actually come and teach for at least a year, but the costs were prohibitive. Thus, the Facebook idea was born. Sarah has now taught the Pakistani students for three semesters using the free video option of Facebook Messenger. Continue reading
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A camel ride was just one of those unique Egypt experiences!
By Kara Woolsey
Ever since Muren Church of God in Winslow, Indiana, first partnered with Ken and Keli Oldham, Church of God pastors to the Middle East, the idea of a short-term trip had been tossed around. But what would it look like? And would it be worth it? Continue reading
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Tagged Autumn Bailey, Debbie Taylor, Egypt, Egyptian, Europe and the Middle East, Europe-Middle East, experience, Gale, global, international, Kara Woolsey, Ken and Kelli Oldham, missions, Oldham, Shawna Robertson, short-term, travel, trip, Webb, world
Glenn Koster takes a break along the scenic countryside.
By Carl Stagner
Abandoned and alone, Glenn Koster was adopted at age six. Due to neglect and abuse, he had to be adopted again at age ten. Sadly, this traumatic childhood did little to prepare him for the real world and, as such, Glenn found an outlet for his pain in alcohol and violence. The Lord turned his life around though, and in 1989, he forever left his alcohol and abuse in the past. Desiring to pay it forward, but not permitted to foster or adopt because of his record, Glenn has instead determined to raise awareness for foster care and adoption. As he walks across the continental United States, the Church of God minister and Leadership Focus participant is encountering not only a wide variety of people, but also his heavenly Father in a fresh and powerful way. Continue reading
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Tagged Adoption, awareness, cross-country, First Church of God, foster care, Glenn Koster, Hutchinson, journey, Kansas, KS, Leadership Focus, testimony, travel, trip, walk, walking
Photo: Grace Place’s medical clinic in Honduras last year.
By Carl Stagner
Grace Place, a Church of God congregation in Hermitage, Tennessee, has long been known for its heart for missions and community outreach. Last year was the first of what is to become an annual medical missions trip to Honduras. This year’s trip is scheduled to begin October 1. All the travel arrangements have been made and, except for packing suitcases and finalizing last-minute details, the team is ready to go. As part of the medical missions trip, the team brings along a prescriber—a professional medical staff person qualified to prescribe medicine to the people the team serves in Honduras. Unfortunately, due to a family pregnancy and recent auto accident, both their prescriber and back-up prescriber had to back out. Grace Place had a real problem on their hands. Continue reading
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Tagged answered prayer, clinic, Grace Place, Heart to Honduras, Hermitage, Honduras, medical, Miracle, missions, nurse, physician's assistant, Tennessee, Tommy Dove, trip, work teams
Photo: Among other items, Spread the Word funds provided sixty pairs of cleated shoes, custom-made in Cuba.
By Carl Stagner
Billy Graham crusade-style events just don’t happen in Cuba. Believers instead find creative ways to communicate Jesus. With dollars raised by Church of God students in Ohio, a soccer tournament and baseball clinics were recently held in Cuba, events that created a bridge from sports to Jesus. Several Cuban participants indicated their desire to know Christ as Savior and Lord. Continue reading
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Tagged baseball, Bill Beltz, Cuba, David Miller, Jeremy Halstead, Lance Banks, missions, NICE, Ohio, Rawlin Kegley, soccer, sports, Spread the Word, students, tournament, trip, youth, Yusniel Flores