Roundabout Calling

Sylvia Marie Simons sat down during her morning devotions, contemplating whether she should become the lead pastor of Flemington Assembly of God in her West Virginia hometown. She opened her Bible to Mark 5, where Jesus tells a demon-possessed man to go home and “report what great things the Lord has done for you and how … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — July 18, 1931

Otto J. Klink (1888-1955) was a German-born American Pentecostal evangelist who traveled the United States in the 1930s and 1940s, preaching salvation through Jesus Christ and warning his listeners about the dangers of socialism, atheism, and modernism. Born in Hersfeld, Germany, he was educated in Berlin, where he learned French, Latin, and Greek, alongside his … [Read more…]

When Children Receive a Call by God

It’s summertime and thousands — even tens of thousands — of kids are swarming AG church camps throughout the U.S. Even though it is a week filled with fun and laughter, it is also a week where kids have the unique opportunity of being in a “Jesus-saturated” environment where they are able to focus on … [Read more…]

Inner-City Assignment

Monica DeLaurentis’s life flipped upside down when, at the age of 12, her father died of cancer. With her family’s foundation gone, she turned to drugs, and for the next 15 years she lived on the streets of Chicago, a cocaine and heroin addict, spending upward of $500 a day to feed her habit. By … [Read more…]

Praying for Racial Reconciliation

When middle school science teacher Stacey N. Williams signed up to go on Life Church’s June 14 trip to the Mason-Dixon Line, she had no idea the outing would prove to be life changing. “It was powerful and history making,” says the 47-year-old Williams, whose multiple roles at the Williamstown, New Jersey, church include serving … [Read more…]

Miraculous Faith Journey

Waterlily Tung is a petite, confident, and well-spoken woman whose broad smile and expressive voice hide a childhood of pain. She grew up in Cu Xa and Cam Ranh Bay, site of a U.S. Army-Air Force base during the Vietnam War. After Communists took over in 1975, her father, who had been working in a … [Read more…]

Hispanic Patriarch Dies

Hispanic Pentecostal pioneer Jesse Miranda Jr., a bridge builder among various ethnic, generational, denominational, and political entities, died July 12 at the age of 82. With his irenic personality, Miranda was widely regarded as the driving force behind uniting disparate U.S. Hispanic evangelicals on issues such as theological education, social ethics, and racial reconciliation. In … [Read more…]

Oklahoma’s AG Governor

He has a background as a successful businessman. He never ran for public office before. He emerged victorious from a crowded primary field. He has nonconformist governing practices. He is a Republican. Certainly there are multiple parallels in the ascent of Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and another politician on the national stage. However, Stitt attends … [Read more…]