God's truth for today's world.

Jesus calls His followers to be servants of Him and of others. In this message, we learn what it means to serve Jesus, how to serve with right motives and to serve without sin. Jesus instructs us about being servants with a wonderful illustration of receiving a child in His name. Discover how to live a fulfilling life serving Jesus.

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Sexual abuse and exploitation are often not correlated to age or even status individuals have in the society. Even children that were born and raised in well-off families are vulnerable and potential victims. Current pandemic that we are living through has not changed this. Andrew Dawson, along with his family, has made it a mission to combat this issue. Working alongside law-enforcement agencies, Andrew works not only on prevention, but also on education of people who may be unaware of how widespread trafficking is.

Key Takeaways:

  • Andrew and Ashleigh Dawson are fully committed to battling against sex trafficking.
  • Andrew Dawson says sex abuse and trafficking are harder to detect due to the reduction in in-person classes.
  • The Dawson’s recently launched two initiatives: Seven Against Slavery and Due North Coffee Roasters.

“The Say Something event helps students recognize the recruiting tactics traffickers use. In 2019, Dawson spoke to 100,000 students across the nation. Say Something is a program directed by U.S. missionary Jody E. Dyess.”

Read more: https://news.ag.org/News/Trafficking-Battler

The patch of our land that is the southernmost point in the US is where our congregation embarks on a unique mission. We are not only working to spread the revival in the local community, but also work to reach people in the Caribbean, by cultivating local leaders. Key West is an exotic place at the end of the long road, but for visionaries, it is a starting point in their quest. For them, this is where the revival spreads to all four sides of the world.

Key Takeaways:

  • Glad Tidings Tabernacle is the only Assemblies of God church in Key West.
  • Containing 120 ethnically-diverse adults, the congregation is focused on missions and revivals.
  • Jonathan Carey was pastoring in Grand Bahama Island when he sensed the Lord wanted him to go to Florida.

“Before coming here, the Careys served as home missionaries in the Bahamas, while Jonathan also pastored Calvary Temple in Freeport, Grand Bahama. He also served as operational director for Teen Challenge of Florida, part of the team that started Teen Challenge in the Bahamas.”

Read more: https://news.ag.org/News/Revival-at-Mile-Zero

Our longtime pastor Richard Smith has been serving his neighborhood for over four decades. In that time, the community changed as did the city of Philadelphia. Diversity increased, and problems that the ministry faces span different ethnic groups. Heroin addiction is widely spread and is the main issue Mr. Smith is trying to combat. It got so bad that he needed to be trained in drug administration, in order to save people who overdose. The church is also running a program that provides food after school, for children in need.

Key Takeaways:

  • Richard A. Smith is pastor of Faith Assembly of God in a neighborhood with many heroin users.
  • Smith learned how to administer naloxone to those suffering opioid overdoses.
  • Smith helped the Brzozowskis organize their church in the Kensington neighborhood of northeast Philadelphia.

“Helping drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes, and the homeless has been an everyday reality for Smith in rough parts of Philadelphia, even while still a student at the University of Valley Forge.”

Read more: https://news.ag.org/News/Never-Lacking-Ministry-Opportunities

Exactly eighty-four years ago, the story of Joe Conlee was published in our journal. For better part of his most productive years, Joe was a drunkard, reduced to begging on the busiest streets of Los Angeles. Every penny that he got this way was spent on alcohol. Then, a chance meeting with an old acquaintance changed his life forever. He went to Alaska, became sober and turned to God again. His return to California was a gift to his wife.

Key Takeaways:

  • Joseph Conlee was a Methodist minister who later declined into drunkenness.
  • In seminary, Conlee was encouraged to read modern theologians, and he drifted from his faith.
  • After a period of atheism, Conlee eventually regained his faith and became dean of a Bible college.

“The gifted writer transitioned easily to secular employment. He became the editor of the Santa Ana Herald and proceeded to establish his own newspapers, the East Los Angeles Exponent and the Covina Argus Independent. He sold these papers for a small fortune and became an editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Examiner.”

Read more: https://news.ag.org/Features/This-Week-in-AG-History-Dec-19-1936

When she was about eight years old, she stepped out of the room and away from a family fight and noticed that god was talking to her. His message told her that she didn’t need to take that situation to heart for the rest of her life. She was going to be able to put her problems aside instead of them deciding who she was. She started a program that would help people with housing that really needed it.

Key Takeaways:

  • When spivey was eight years old she had a conversation with god about her dysfunctional family.
  • The lord led her to stop viewing her problems as something she couldn’t get past or control.
  • She can minister people now, without judging them and still being able to guide them.

“In 2019, the Ripple Effects Empowerment Center opened. It offers counseling services, financial literacy training, shower facilities, and a kitchen. The center partners with several community nonprofits.”

Read more: https://news.ag.org/News/Ripple-Effects