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…]

Spreading the Light

For the fifth year in a row, an Assemblies of God U.S. Missions organization represented the only Christian group participating in the Festival of Lights, a major Hindu festival in San Diego. Around 40 volunteers with Global Asian Indian Ministries, the sole AG outreach focused on Asian-Indians in the U.S., conducted children’s activities and handed … [Read more…]

A Handheld Bible School

Mayumi lived for many years in Yokohama, Japan. She grew up within a Buddhist-Shinto community, firmly believing in many deities, spirits, ghosts, and apparitions, and in their influence on daily life. But in the 1960s, Mayumi heard from a local pastor and some AG missionaries of a new concept — a Man named Jesus Christ, … [Read more…]

Mothers of Hope

Danielle Gentry’s father went to prison when she was 12 years old; her mother’s incarceration followed five years later. By that time, Danielle cared for four younger siblings every day in their Hawaii home. Her older sister left at 14 when she had a baby. Life grew worse for Danielle, a girl of Filipino, African-American, … [Read more…]

Largest Grant in School History

Vanguard University has been awarded a landmark, five-year, $3.75 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. The Assemblies of God school in Costa Mesa, California, will use the Title V grant to not only increase retention and graduation rates among Hispanic and low-income transfer students, but also to develop partnerships with local … [Read more…]

Convoy of Hope Receives Unusual Donation

Some of Convoy of Hope’s biggest supporters and partners are Assemblies of God programs such as Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge (BGMC), Speed the Light (STL), AG World Missions, and individual AG constituents who support the work of the compassion organization. Convoy of Hope also receives support through other entities and fundraising efforts such as … [Read more…]

Trail Angels

An Assemblies of God church in central Pennsylvania has taken a different path to fulfill the biblical admonition in Romans 12:13 to practice hospitality. This summer, Duncannon Assembly of God launched a unique ministry that caters to hikers of the Appalachian Trail, considered the longest hiking-only trail in the world. The church has provided shelter … [Read more…]