Church Sues State

Cedar Park Church, an Assemblies of God congregation in Bothell, Washington, filed a federal lawsuit on March 8 against Washington state officials to challenge a newly implemented law that forces all employers — including churches that already provide maternity coverage — to pay for abortion and abortifacient contraceptives in health insurance plans. “We’re standing for … [Read more…]

Missionaries Save Family from Financial Ruin

“Jesus, we’re already Your witnesses to ‘the ends of the earth’; can you give us ‘Judea and Samaria,’ too?” AGWM missionaries to Guatemala James and Delrae Wiseman prayed through Acts 1:8 when they settled in the land of their calling. They ventured regularly on weeklong treks into Guatemala’s highlands to reach the Q’eqchi’ people, an … [Read more…]

Eyeing Oakland

For the first time in a generation, Oakland is the focus of an Assemblies of God church plant. Anthem Church, led by Tyler R. Hagan, will open this year. “We are lifting an anthem of worship to Jesus in a city that has been called so many different, negative things,” says Hagan, 32. Anthem will … [Read more…]

New EMERGE President

Robert C. Crosby has been elected the new president and CEO of EMERGE Ministries in Akron, Ohio. EMERGE Ministries provides confidential, biblically based, and Spirit-empowered outpatient mental health care. Crosby has served as vice president of Southeastern University and as professor of practical theology in the Barnett College of Ministry and Theology at the Assemblies … [Read more…]

Night to Shine

Last month, Bethel Church in Rapid City, South Dakota, welcomed 230 individuals with special needs at a Night to Shine. A total of 385 volunteers participated in the prom night gathering organized and hosted by the Assemblies of God church. Guests 14 years old and up, as well as 100 of their parents and caretakers, … [Read more…]

Bus Stop Pastor

THOUSAND OAKS, California — On a cold, clear-blue morning at a public bus terminal in Thousand Oaks, overlooking the busy 101 freeway that connects Los Angeles with Santa Barbara and beyond, David R. Jeffery, 55, is handing out coffee and cookies to people who know him well. Jeffery, pastor of Freedom Church Assembly of God, … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — March 4, 1951

In 1950, an Assemblies of God congregation of lepers in New Hope Town, Liberia, caught the vision of missions and desired to help those who were less fortunate than themselves. On Christmas Eve, they took up an offering of $2.65, which they sent to the Leper Home of Uska Bazaar in North India. Assemblies of … [Read more…]

Arduous Medical Lessons

Margo L. Carl went to a hospital emergency room one morning in February 2013 after awakening with double vision. Four days and a battery of medical tests later, a neurologist diagnosed Carl with both a meningioma brain tumor and multiple sclerosis. The neurosurgeon told Carl the tumor needed to be removed — but such an … [Read more…]

Cake Baker Wins Again

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission Tuesday dismissed its most recent charges against Christian cake baker Jack C. Phillips. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorneys had filed a federal lawsuit, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Elenis, on behalf of the Lakewood, Colorado, baker after the state began to prosecute him. The suit came even after last June’s U.S. Supreme … [Read more…]

Jungle Teachers

AGWM missionaries Steve and Theresa Ford have dedicated their lives to telling the story of Jesus to remote people groups of the Amazon jungle. In December 2018, they responded to requests for training from 30 church leaders among the Shipibo — one of about 14 indigenous tribes located along the Ucayali River in Peru’s rain … [Read more…]