Ellen Blackwell Passes into the Presence of God

Ellen K. Blackwell, the longtime Assemblies of God minister and founder of the Way of Faith AG in Fairfax, Virginia; Mt. Zion AG in Charles Town, West Virginia; and Fellowship House Retreat Center of Midgal in Galilee, Israel, passed away peacefully on Jan. 12 at a hospital near her beloved retreat center. She was 104. … [Read more…]

Native American Bible College Marks 50 Years

Fresh out of a nearby university with a criminal justice degree, John G. Walker prepared to live his childhood dream: becoming a North Carolina highway patrolman. But all along, the Holy Spirit guided the son of an Assemblies of God pastor toward the ministry. “God interrupted my plans with His plans,” Walker says. Walker, a … [Read more…]

"God Never Lets His Sons Be Lost"<br />

(Excerpted from “Colombia: United by Christ” by Kristel Ortiz in the February 2018 WorldView magazine.) In the violence that gripped Colombia for nearly 70 years, rural Colombian Christians have long been viewed by armed groups as a threat to their ability to control a region. Pastors are often key players in civil life, and many … [Read more…]

Thanking the Judge

Ryan J. Tice, 36, stood before Isabella County, Michigan, Trial Court Judge Mark Duthie for the fifth time, unaware that the ruling that could have sent him to prison would end up saving his life. When Tice’s mother fell ill with cancer in 2006, he began to abuse opioids, starting with Vicodin. His drug dependency … [Read more…]

Virtual Hospital Ministry

Treating people with chronic diseases accounts for most health care costs in the United States, and each year such illnesses factor in seven of 10 deaths. Two-thirds of adults discharged from hospitals have two or more chronic conditions. Amid these patients’ long-term challenging medical needs, often overlooked are their spiritual and emotional needs. Assemblies of … [Read more…]

The Community Pastor

The economic bust of 2008 clobbered tech-based Silicon Valley and brought Karen M. Abrego to Sacramento, California, where she serves as an associate pastor at Ebenezer Christian Center, an Assemblies of God congregation. But with the economy slow to recover, the church couldn’t keep her in a full-time position. In late 2013, she began to … [Read more…]

Reaching and Discipling Men for Christ

Consider the following shocking statistic: “More than 90 percent of American men believe in God, and five out six call themselves Christians. But only two out of six attend church on any given Sunday. The average man accepts the reality of Jesus Christ, but fails to see any value in going to church.” Another survey … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — Jan. 24, 1948<br />

Briggs P. Dingman (1900-1968) was a renaissance man – he served as a minister, musician, author, linguist, and educator. He spent the first half of his ministry in Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist churches and as an officer in the Salvation Army. Much to his own surprise, however, he spent the latter half of his ministry … [Read more…]

The Word in Arabic

Born and raised in the Holy Land, George A. Rafidi understands the culture and needs of Arabic people like only a native could. After he moved to the United States in the 1990s, his heart for his homeland didn’t change, and he is now filling an important role for a population of Middle Easterners now … [Read more…]