Help on the Outside

Second of two parts. Caring Christians are committed to helping the record number of American incarcerated women make a successful transition back into society once they are free. Retired Assemblies of God Chaplain Pamela E. Moore is preparing to open a 10-bed transitional home for released women. The faith-based Sanctuary House Ministries in Camden, New … [Read more…]

All the Gospel into All the World

Last week, thousands gathered at Allison Park Church in Pittsburgh. They came to celebrate the realization of a God-given dream. Lead pastor Jeff Leake was driven by a passion to bring the gospel to some of the most “unchurched” areas of the U.S. He made an audacious goal of planting 100 churches. The 100th church … [Read more…]

More Women Behind Bars

First of two parts. More American women are incarcerated — and being released from correctional facilities — than ever before, providing an unprecedented opportunity for churchgoers to help break a pattern of repeated imprisonment. Nationwide, more than one million adult women are locked up, on parole, or on probation. Overall, women represent only 7.2 percent of … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — June 3, 1944

What can Pentecostals learn from John Wesley (1703-91), the founder of Methodism? Wesley, an Anglican priest in England, helped to lay the foundation for large segments of the evangelical and Pentecostal movements. Despite living in a nation that identified as Christian, he recognized that most people did not have saving faith. He pioneered new evangelism … [Read more…]

A Sign in the Ashes

Tragedy struck when an apartment building near Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, caught fire. Fortunately, no one died; however, the building was completely destroyed. One tenant, July, was a visiting Chinese scholar who had become friends with U.S. Assemblies of God Missions’ Linda Seiler, a Chi Alpha Campus Ministries missionary. Seiler met July at … [Read more…]

Brothers of Valor

A laity-led organization whose key leaders include two men from Assemblies of God churches in Salem, Oregon, soon will expand its outreach beyond the 28 men being mentored. Brothers of Valor (BOV) started two years ago, with key founders that included life insurance agent Sven Anderson, a member of Peoples Church, and Tim A. Davis, … [Read more…]

Church Given Charge of City Festival

For decades, Elton Days in Elton, Wisconsin, signaled the time for anyone who had ever called the former bustling logging town “home,” to return for an annual reunion. It is a time of family, friends, food, music, brats (aka bratwurst) and beer. But last year, Elton — now a community of just 125 — ran … [Read more…]

A Different Kind of Retirement

When Bill Moll considered retiring, he envisioned doing volunteer work at the church he attended, Abundant Life Assembly of God, in Cupertino, California. He also contemplated using his considerable work experience as a volunteer in a Christian organization. He had been senior vice president of merchandising at Macy’s West, overseeing more than 250 locations in … [Read more…]

Faithful Behind Bars

Optimistic and good-natured Floyd Bledsoe doesn’t sound like a man who spent nearly 16 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. Yet Bledsoe, 39, credits Assemblies of God U.S. missionary Donald W. Starnes and participants in the Freedom Challenge program with encouraging him to stay strong in desperate environs. Starnes has served as … [Read more…]