This Week in AG History — Nov. 29, 1930

Few Assemblies of God congregations in 1930 could boast an attendance of 1,000 people in a service. Yet when Fargo Gospel Tabernacle dedicated its new building on Oct. 8, 1930, over 1,000 people attended the services. The Nov. 29, 1930, issue of The Pentecostal Evangel reported on the event held in North Dakota’s largest city, … [Read more…]

Buddy Barrel Helps Capture Burglary Bandits

For at least five years, police in Gothenburg, Nebraska, and surrounding communities have being trying to apprehend a pair of serial burglars who have been targeting churches and possibly other establishments in central Nebraska. This past week, Buddy Barrel — the Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge (BGMC) mascot — helped put an end to their … [Read more…]

Sharing Riches of Faith

On Sundays, pastor Paul L. Hesch tells the 60 congregants at Victory Life Church about the power of Christ’s love to bring the spiritual riches of faith, hope, and healing to the poverty-stricken community they call home. For Hesch and pastoral partner and wife Diane, that home is Las Vegas — not the sprawling gambling … [Read more…]

Healing from Years of Rage

Tracy Kovach grew up in a dysfunctional home in Buena Park, California, where drunkenness and physical abuse ran rampant. His parents divorced when he was 5, and Kovach watched as a parade of boyfriends repeatedly beat his alcoholic mother. Removal from the family didn’t help; Kovach says at age 7 a foster parent locked him … [Read more…]

Small-Town Faithfulness

Across the U.S., rural and small-town pastors rarely make headlines as they provide spiritual leadership, often for decades. One of those is Ann Brooks, 76, who served over 40 years alongside her late husband, Norman, at Victory Assembly of God in Bonner Springs, Kansas, just west of Kansas City. Norman and Ann grew up attending … [Read more…]

Bilingual Outreach in Rocky Soil

Rey and Lissette Brito, graduates of Northpoint Bible College, planted Iglesia Faro de Luz (Lighthouse Assembly of God) in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2017 with only three people. Through language courses, positive relationships, discipleship, and prayer, the church has grown to 20 attendees a week. Although Pew Research Center classifies New Hampshire as the least … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — Nov. 22, 1964

Alice Reynolds Flower (1890-1991), affectionately known as “Mother Flower,” was known far and wide for her godly example, her preaching and teaching, devoted prayer life, her writings, and pearls of wisdom. She also was very thankful to God for His many blessings in her life. She was thankful for healing. Her mother experienced a dramatic … [Read more…]

Church Sees Nearly 400% Increase in Missions Giving

As a result of their one-year Acts 2 Journey, the leadership and congregation at Grace Community Assembly of God in Smithfield, North Carolina, are experiencing renewed energy and excitement in ministry. When Pastor Ryan Story and his wife, Mary, accepted the pastorate at Grace Community in 2017, they recognized the congregation’s need for new vision … [Read more…]

Saved from Self-Destruction

Marcia Link can trace the steps she took on a walk of self-destruction. It began after her son, born with cerebral palsy, died at age 9. “I felt like I had lost the only person who had ever loved me unconditionally,” she says. Her walk went from depression to addiction. Years of alcohol abuse left … [Read more…]

Sharing the Journey

D. Alan Baker planned on pastoring locally for life before God took him on a trek around the world and back to an office in Orlando, Florida, where he now spends hours on the phone coaching young ministers through Journey Pastoral Counseling. Baker, 62, accepted Christ in high school, after two friends invited him to … [Read more…]