Out of the Ashes

Kenelma Salamanca’s Maestras del Bien (“teachers of good”) ministry in violent gang-infested Southern California neighborhoods near Los Angeles reached the backbone of the community: single moms and widows. As a ministry of Ministerio a la Luz de la Palabra, the Compton, California, Assemblies of God congregation she co-pastors with her husband, Mario, Kenelma witnessed phenomenal … [Read more…]

Splitting Wood for Speed the Light

When Ty Smith woke up Sunday morning, he could barely move. He couldn’t sit up in his bed because his abdominal muscles were in complete rebellion. He couldn’t push himself up with his arms, as they had been stressed beyond their limits. So, ironically, like a log, he rolled to the edge of his bed, … [Read more…]

Living Free

For Marie Carter, addiction was so powerful it didn’t matter who she hurt.  She began abusing drugs and alcohol at 14 years of age and by 17 had gotten pregnant in the hopes that starting a family would help her escape problems. “I wanted to be a good mother, but I was selfish and wanted … [Read more…]

The Kickstarter Gospel

When Jordan Donaldson, 26, Giancarlo Ospina, 26, and Jesse Tyler, 23 — all born and raised in the Assemblies of God — launched their collaborative Kickstarter campaign, “Manuscripts,” at noon on Oct. 24, they had no idea their $12,000 project would be fully funded within a mere five hours. “When we saw that we were … [Read more…]

SEU Announces First Ph.D. Program<br />

Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, has announced two new doctoral programs —  a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership (DSL), bringing the total number of doctoral degrees SEU offers up to four (the Ed.D. began in 2014 and the D.Min. in 2016). This is the first Ph.D. program for the university. … [Read more…]

Rural Pentecostal Lights

There are 88 towns in West Texas with a school, but no Assemblies of God church. That number has dropped from 93 in 2009, when John T. Murdoch, 67, senior pastor of Christian Life in Lubbock, Texas, took action to reopen a closed AG church in nearby Brownfield. That church, now named Christian Life Church … [Read more…]

The Rural Reality of Poverty

Sometimes images of Andy Griffith and Mayberry form our perception of rural America. Unfortunately, realities of poverty and isolation are closer to the truth of what the average small town community experiences today. Current poverty rates in rural America exceed the poverty rates in urban communities, and there are significantly less social services available to … [Read more…]

Full Circle for Gavin Brown

Gavin L. Brown has returned to his childhood church, Lifehouse Church in Beltsville, Maryland, to serve as its first African-American lead pastor. Brown, 35, grew up in a low-income residential housing complex with his parents and five sisters in Laurel, Maryland. He started attending Royal Rangers meetings, and soon sensed a call to ministry. With … [Read more…]