The cross remains on the Panama City church’s sign!
By Carl Stagner
One hundred fifty-five miles per hour. That’s how powerful Hurricane Michael’s winds were when the Category Four monster made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, on October 10. Meteorologists are calling the storm the strongest to ever hit the continental United States since Hurricane Andrew of 1992. In its wake, Michael left behind widespread catastrophic damage, leveling homes and businesses, and claiming the lives of at least nineteen, as the search for missing persons continues. The Church of God was not left unscathed; to date, two congregations have reported damage to their church building and their homes. As information continues to be collected by state ministry offices and Church of God Ministries, Church of God congregations across the country are already responding to the imminent and critical needs of funds, supplies, time, and labor. Continue reading
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Team working together to tie a post.
By Bobby and Jenny Mihsill
On a Sunday morning in the village of Sinfra, about an hour and fifteen minutes from where we live in Yamoussoukro, people sit shoulder-to-shoulder on backless wooden benches at the local Church of God. The church has been meeting in the living room area of the house that was built for the pastor, although they outgrew the space some time ago. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Global Strategy
Tagged Africa, Bobby and Jenny Mihsill, building project, Cote d'Ivoire, Global Strategy, growth, Ivory Coast, Missionaries, missions, the Mihsills, work teams
By Carl Stagner
September 20, 2017. To most of the country, that date holds no particular significance. But in Puerto Rico, that date will long be remembered as the day everything changed for almost everyone. Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in one hundred years, left widespread devastation in its wake. Utility companies have struggled to restore power, businesses have struggled to reopen, and some churches have even closed their doors. A mass exodus of citizens, without precedent in the history of the territory, has only made the problem worse. Though media coverage has waned, the need for restoration of property—and hope—is more critical than ever. Moved with compassion and compelled by the Spirit, Florida Ministries, the Hispanic Council (Concilio Hispano), Helping Hands in Motion, and Florida congregations are coming together for Puerto Rico on the third of June for what they’re calling Hurricane Sunday. Continue reading
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Tagged aid, Amanda Chambers, damage, disaster, Florida Church of God Ministries, Florida Ministries, fundraiser, fundraising, Helping Hands, Hispanic Council, Hispano Concilio, hurricane, Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Sunday, Isaias Marquez, Ken Love, Puerto Rico, rebuilding, restoration, Richard Fields, weather, work teams
Houston street sign warns, “Road may flood” (courtesy June Sherman).
By Carl Stagner
Church of God, it’s time. It’s time to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our brothers and sisters in Texas. It’s time to be hope to the people who have lost loved ones, homes, businesses, and churches. It’s time to make a difference. Whether God is leading you to give generously, donate supplies, or assemble work teams for upcoming opportunities to rebuild homes, now is the time to act. While this nightmare is far from over for tens of thousands of people, the outpouring of support for the Lone Star State is proving that they are not alone. The latest updates to the Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief Team are both sobering and encouraging. Continue reading
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Tagged aid, crisis, damage, Disaster Relief, Disaster Relief Committee, Disaster Relief Team, DRC, flooding, floods, Houston, Houston First Church of God, humanitarian, Hurricane Harvey, June Sherman, Parkgate Community Church of God, Pasadena, rebuilding, Texas, Tim Gould, Tim West, Timothy West, tropical storm, TX, volunteer, work teams
Photo: Volunteer and child at Wounded Knee.
By Carl Stagner
They may not agree on everything, but they agree on the mission. You have to understand: on the Pine Ridge Reservation, hope is as sparse as the vegetation. All of the mission teams that come to Wounded Knee Church of God in Wounded Knee, South Dakota, know that what the Lakota people need so desperately is Jesus. They don’t first need a lesson on a distinguishing doctrine of the Church of God. They don’t need bickering. They don’t need a divided church. They need Jesus. Continue reading
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Tagged ecumenical, Emily Clark, home missionary, home missions, Jesus Is the Subject, Lakota, Native American Ministries, Pine Ridge Reservation, Place of Promise, South Dakota, Stanley Hollow Horn, Sylvia, work teams, Wounded Knee, Wounded Knee Church of God
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: Inside the damaged sanctuary of Chapelwood Church of God.
By Carl Stagner
Louisiana’s unprecedented flooding disaster may be fading from the headlines, but the cleanup is only beginning. Two of our Church of God buildings sustained severe damage, one of which lost everything they had. All of our Baton Rouge-area congregations had members whose homes—sixty houses in total—were completely destroyed. Because the flooding hit areas not considered flood zones, these families did not have flood insurance. Refrigerators and ovens are no longer operable, so most are left without a way to prepare meals. Black mold is a serious threat, and FEMA can only offer minimal support. The Church of God must do something. Continue reading
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Tagged aid, Baton Rouge, Chapelwood Church of God, Denham Springs, Disaster Relief, flooding, floods, Louisiana, Pleasant Ridge Church of God, Steve Nelson, work teams