O Christmas Tree!

The year was 1976. We had recently arrived in Ethiopia with our sons, Brent and Scott, ages 7 and 6. Our new “home,” a country in turmoil, was drastically different from California; there was nightly shooting around our house. Those were years of war and revolution. Because of the danger involved, we didn’t allow the … [Read more…]

A Mission Trip Investment

Branson, Missouri, native Greg Marquart sought to play college basketball in nearby Springfield. The 6-foot, 5-inch-tall Marquart made the Evangel University team and met his future wife, Connie, at the school before transferring to Missouri State University. But Marquart, who never went to church growing up, didn’t stay long enough at Evangel to make a … [Read more…]

Iranian Government Confiscates Church Property

Following the recent confiscation of property belonging to the Assemblies of God in Iran, Iranian A/G members living outside Iran have asked for a clear statement of protest from George O. Wood, general superintendent of the U.S. Assemblies of God and chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship.   Iran officials have closed Central … [Read more…]

Freedom Defender

Recently retired Assemblies of God U.S. Missions chaplain Wesley J. Modder received the highest recognition from Freedom Alliance, the annual Defender of Freedom Award, Thursday night in Arlington, Virginia. Freedom Alliance feted Modder in recognition of his faithful service to the nation and his unwavering commitment to protect religious freedom. Freedom Alliance cited Modder’s exceptional … [Read more…]

Healed to Spread the Gospel

God’s transformative power is usually associated with the spiritually lost finding their identities in Christ, but it certainly applies to the redeemed finding their specific callings, too. The transformation of credentialed Assemblies of God evangelist Reneé Moore consumed her childhood and youth, but she believes it was worth the wait. At the age of 3, … [Read more…]

Responding in Faithfulness

The first year John Aniemeke and his wife, Chidinma, planted Bethel Covenant Assembly of God, the Nigerian immigrant couple in San Antonio launched a special praise and worship service the first Sunday in December in response to God’s goodness and faithfulness. Fast-forward three years: Bethel Covenant marked its third International Day of Thanksgiving on Dec. … [Read more…]

Missionaries to Ministers

By the time ministers connect with T. Shane Couch they usually are in crisis mode. Couch, an Assemblies of God U.S. Missions chaplain, teaches preventative measures in the areas of sexual purity and relational boundaries. But more often he counsels those in the throes of damage control. “Every person has stress, but those who call … [Read more…]