Hope Within Reach

John K. Johnson, director of the newly opened Tri-State Teen Challenge in Grantsville, Maryland, wants addicts to realize God can break chains that have a vice grip on them. A pastor’s son who married a pastor’s daughter at Bible college, Johnson grew up moving around the United States while his parents and then he and … [Read more…]

Lessons From the Real St. Patrick

Many associate St. Patrick’s Day with wearing green, dyeing rivers, and watching parades. Did Patrick really exist, and if so, how did he get his own day? Many of the myths about Patrick have become greater than reality. He didn’t drive snakes from Ireland, as none resided there. The real Patrick wasn’t Irish. He grew … [Read more…]

Immediate Community Impact

Casa de Amor y Fe has impacted Lakeland, Florida, since its first service in 2014. Christal Gomez, 19, remembers how that service inspired her to volunteer at the church. Since the age of 14, Gomez has ushered, worked in the children’s ministry, and now serves as the congregation’s computer technician, making graphics and videos. Gomez … [Read more…]

Momma T and the Warriors

Every week in Parkersburg, West Virginia, in one of the poorest sections in the city of 30,000, trucks pull up to Lynn Street filled with tables to erect, hot home-cooked food, and bags of clothes to distribute. Volunteers wearing purple “Momma T and the Warriors” sweatshirts set up warming plates, lay out clothing and blankets, … [Read more…]

Speed the Light — Far More than Money

Giving to Speed the Light (STL) increased for the third consecutive year in 2018, as Assemblies of God youth raised more than $9.8 million for missionaries — the highest total in more than a decade. Yet, although being able to meet missionaries’ transportation and communication needs to an even greater extent has generated a lot … [Read more…]

Beauty for Ashes

Although Lauren Russak Adamson grew up in a nondenominational church, she started smoking marijuana and drinking around age 13. By the time she learned how to drive a car, she already had mastered sniffing coke and snorting pain pills. At the age of 25, she spent over $200 a day on heroin. But everything changed … [Read more…]

When Mountains Don't Move

Last fall, my dad, Mel, died. After a prolonged illness, he passed rather quickly. His death left me struggling with doubt and confusion. Throughout his illness I prayed for his healing and had absolute faith that God could easily turn the situation. God could move mountains. I knew and believed that He could heal his … [Read more…]

Four-Legged Lessons

In the quarter-century that Randy Helm has broken and trained mustangs, the ordained Assemblies of God minister had long since discovered that his work with horses is a lot like how God works with people. As supervisor of the Wild Horse Inmate Program at Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence, a mainstream plan to address … [Read more…]