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God's truth for today's world.

There are many people who live with deafness, and seek to overcome the lot they were dealt. Recently, through LifeChurch, a handful of deaf parishioners found themselves finally able to hear. On October 18, these three deaf parishioners attended a typical Sunday service. As usual, a call for prayers for members of the community was raised, and one parishioner, Paula Patterson, was called up on stage. The prayer station leader placed his hands on her ears, the group began to pray, and for the first time, Patterson was finally able to hear.

Key Takeaways:

  • Pastor Paul Long says the miracles that occurred one after the other at LifeChurch, a new church plant in Middlesboro, Kentucky, left him speechless — overwhelmed at the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • The Longs had last ministered at an independent church for nearly a decade, and their leaving was not a pleasant departure. They left that church questioning God’s call upon their lives.
  • As with Patterson, the prayer team leader learned of Medlin’s need and then placed his hands over her ears and the group began to pray.

““I’m 51 and I’ve been in ministry for a good number of years, but I’ve never personally witnessed anything like that,” Long says. “The wow factor just overwhelmed me. It was indescribable . . . I’m still having a hard time articulating what I saw.””

Read more: https://news.ag.org/News/The-Deaf-Will-Hear—-Miracles-in-Kentucky

The Dewees family have a long history of serving Christ. Jamie Dewees had spent over 20 years serving at Oregon State University, before hearing God’s calling to move his family to Hawaii. The family and their four children didn’t want to leave relatives, but made the leap, and moved to Hilo. When they arrived at Hilo, Jamie partnered with Arise church, and became chaplain of the men’s basketball team. They found that some natives held to pagan beliefs.

Key Takeaways:

  • The family sold everything. Jamie, Alisha, and their four children — Haven, Sela, Gemma, and Malachi — moved to Hawaii.
  • Sensing that God wanted to expand their tent post beyond the campus, Jamie became chaplain of the men’s basketball team.
  • The Deweeses also learned that some locals are protective of their belief systems, which include Buddhism, earth worship, and the worship of Pele (goddess of volcanoes and fires).

“He served on the staff of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries at Oregon State University for nearly 20 years, as well as at Clackamas Community College for four years. In 2018, Jamie switched U.S. Missions assignments to church planting/church development. They are now with U.S. Missions Church Mobilization.”

Read more: https://news.ag.org/News/A-Heart-for-Hilo

Chicago became a focal point in fight against crime, the vicious cycle of poverty, drugs and all other negative things that accompany these problems. It also became maintains its role in civil rights movement, racial and social justice. African Americans in Chicago are looking for civic leaders like Edward Peecher who understand the pain and can offer hope. His intellect and professional success, coupled in his faith in Jesus, make him a perfect leader for the local community.

Key Takeaways:

  • Televised images in the South made him want to go a different way but eventually found Jesus.
  • He worked for AT&T for many years but it wasn’t his calling and decided to go a different route.
  • Together Chicago hopes to increase efforts across the city once the corona virus eases up.

“In 1968, at the age of 18, Peecher joined the Black Panthers revolutionary group, but soon became disillusioned.”

Read more: https://news.ag.org/News/Promoting-Peace-in-Chicago

In yet another unusual journey that led to our church, Tim Leathers went from being a police chief to becoming a candidate for a missionary. His ascent in the police force was rapid, and in his own words, he has seen a fair share of hurt people. In the meantime, while being a candidate, he is running a facility with his wife that helps women transition from incarceration or other drug related issues back into mainstream society. As he states with a hint of an irony, he spent many years filling up jails, and now he helps people stay away from them.

Key Takeaways:

  • After spending years putting people in their jail cells I now help to get people out.
  • Some people know that they need a lot of help, but some come because they have been told to.
  • My role is to be another adult in their life, someone who can be there and be supportive.

“Former police chief Tim D. Leathers is now a U.S. missionary candidate who, along with his wife, Tami, operates a residential facility for women transitioning back into society after being debilitated by drugs or incarcerated.”

Read more: https://news.ag.org/News/Police-Chief-Converts-to-Missionary

As a parent that tried to do the right thing by putting gods word into their life I felt like I wasn’t doing enough. So much of this generation doesn’t have god in their lives and I felt like I needed to do something about it with my own children. I started reading the bible to them each day, I figured that was better than just attending church every Sunday. I knew that I needed to do much more than that to teach them.

Key Takeaways:

  • I tried so hard to be a good parent, but I was stuck wondering why this generation doesn’t know the lord.
  • I committed myself to reading the bible daily to my children so that they would understand his word.
  • When we pray for our children then we will see life long results better than all the other stuff we worry about.

“God had been so near His people? He had provided for their every need right down to supplying food from heaven. How could their children and grandchildren not even know God or the works He had done?”

Read more: https://journeyonline.org/the-next-generation/