Looking for a New Day

Joshua L. Hochstetler is ready for New Day Assembly to live up to its name. Hochstetler has been lead pastor of the Perry, Iowa, congregation — the oldest Assemblies of God church in the Hawkeye State — for almost four years. The congregation is small, around 60 attendees on average, but Hochstetler is encouraged by … [Read more…]

Making THE Difference Scholarships Awarded

Each year AGTrust provides the Making THE Difference (MTD) scholarship for a select number of students attending the 17 Assemblies of God universities, as they train for ministry in the pulpit and the marketplace. For many students the burden of college debt can be overwhelming. Receiving this scholarship provides them with assurance that God is … [Read more…]

Gathering Inside the Walls

Every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening, the men of The Church at Twin Rivers in Monroe, Washington, praise and worship to live music, pray together, then dive deep into Bible study. When the meetings end, they return to their cells inside the Twin Rivers Correctional Facility, which houses convicts who have committed crimes ranging from … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — May 18, 1946

What is the distinctive feature in a Pentecostal worship service? The answer, according to a 1946 Pentecostal Evangel article by P. S. Jones, is “the prominence given to the prayer room.” Early Pentecostal churches usually dedicated a room to prayer, where earnest believers would intercede during the preaching service and where prayer would continue long … [Read more…]

Defying the Grim Pronouncement

Five years ago, R. Forest Quillen prayed the first sincere prayer in his life. A series of felonies had landed him in prison; psychosis from illicit drug use had caused him to become suicidal. “I was literally out of my mind,” says Quillen, 26. Locked in solitary confinement, Quillen contemplated suicide. He had a plan … [Read more…]

Surviving Multiple Traumas

Although only 8 years old, Michael Anthony Ellis had grown despondent over repeatedly being shuttled from his mother’s residence to a foster home. “I felt like a burden more than anything else,” recalls Ellis, now 27. On a weekend visit to his mother’s residence, Ellis locked himself in the bathroom. He had grabbed a knife … [Read more…]

Siblings Do STL Challenge for Missions, for Dad

When Lucas Respondek took his daughter, Moriah, to grade school gymnastics classes, he might have laughed if someone had told him those classes would one day be used to honor him or be connected to raising more than $20,000 for missionaries. “We signed Moriah up for the gymnastics class because all her other friends were … [Read more…]

Cleaning Up the City

Every month in the Baltimore neighborhood of Carrolton Ridge, volunteers from the CityBeat Baltimore Dream Center wade through piled up mattresses, torn apart trash cans and blocked alleys — physically cleaning up the area while sharing about Jesus as they go. Dream Center founder and CEO Jared E. Michael, 28, knows these streets. He grew … [Read more…]