Fighting Fentanyl

OZARK, Missouri — New Teen Challenge International U.S.A. President Gary W. Blackard believes education is the key to fighting the opioid epidemic. As such, the addiction recovery ministry, a department of U.S. Missions, is developing a new curriculum designed to instruct not only addicts, but also relatives and friends who must deal with the aftermath. … [Read more…]

Igniting Arizona

The Ignite School of Ministry in Phoenix is a newly established branch that enables the Assemblies of God Southwest District to connect with youth in a new way. Led by pastor Azael Núñez, 28, and his wife, Yaneidy Sepulveda, 31, Ignite has become a destination for those in search of education — and the Lord. … [Read more…]

A Church Camp Like Few Others

Church camp for kids in Alaska has quite a few differences than most kids experience at an Assemblies of God camp — differences that many people might not realize. For example, while most kids in the Lower 48 might be “awwing” over the sight of a deer, at the Alaska Ministry Network’s Little Beaver Camp … [Read more…]

Ministering at 89

On May 14, relatives, pastors, chaplains, professors, ministry volunteers, and even a prison warden and a few ex-convicts threw a surprise party for Priscilla Edwards. They came to celebrate with Edwards, 89, retiring after 16 years of faithfully teaching Living Free classes at Ozark Correctional Center in Fordland, Missouri. Edwards didn’t plan specifically to go … [Read more…]

This Week in AG history — June 20, 1942

Thomas J. Jones (1896-1970) was a dynamic British preacher and Bible teacher, much in demand by American congregations. Jones taught at North Central Bible Institute (now North Central University) in Minneapolis for 21 years and was known as a man who could make the Old Testament come to life. Accepting Christ as Savior in Birmingham, … [Read more…]

Defusing Soldier Stress

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina — The basis for a strong U.S. military is a well-equipped and well-trained force. But in recent years, the armed services also have come to understand the importance of soldiers possessing a sound mind. According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 6,000 veterans have … [Read more…]

SEU Selected to Train U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC Flight Academy Students

Southeastern University (SEU) in Lakeland, Florida, became one of 11 universities in the U.S. to be awarded a contract with the U.S. Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) Flight Academy program. Conducted at universities across the nation, the Air Force JROTC Flight Academy, Chief of Staff Private Pilot Scholarship program is an eight-week … [Read more…]

Loving Her Neighbors

Kari M. Hoggard watched her adopted neighborhood in Rome change almost overnight in 1989, the year the Berlin Wall fell. She was 13 years old, and she had no idea she would experience one of the greatest refugee migrations of the 20th century. Hoggard was 8 years old the year her parents, Terry Hoggard and … [Read more…]

More Than 40 Years Together

June 17 marks 41 years of wedded bliss for my wife, Patty, and me. Of course it all hasn’t been bliss. It’s been sickness and health, richer and poorer, better and worse. Marriages that survive must endure many heartaches and unexpected turns. As I reminisce about that muggy day in an unairconditioned rural Iowa church … [Read more…]