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When Bell was a child, his father was an alcoholic, but despite all of that, he managed to do really well in school and attributed his motivation and success to god. When he became a little older he was angry, and he started to commit a string of crimes, he was also becoming drunk much of the time. God came into his life and he was able to change his life around, he attributes a lot of his success to having god in his life.

Key Takeaways:

  • Growing up, Bell had a lot of turmoil in his home and went to live with his grandmother.
  • When he went back he started to commit a lot of different crimes and was locked up several times.
  • He found god and has been thanking god for saving him when he needed it the most.

“Bell didn’t exactly get rehabilitated before returning home at 15. By his release, he had grown taller, more muscular — and angrier. He got the rest of his family involved in gang life.”

Read more: https://news.ag.org/News/Returning-to-the-Inner-City

When Cox was a child he had a father who abused alcohol, and would often have temper flares and become abusive. His father passed away and even though the monster was gone, there was still a hole there from the loss of his father. He went to college and later dropped out to start a business and began to use drugs. He lost his businesses and became incarcerated, where he started learning to become a chaplain to other inmates and even wrote a book about his life.

Key Takeaways:

  • Cox grew up around an alcoholic father, and when he died, still left a hole.
  • Cox wanted more out of life and dropped out of college to start a business, but drugs took over.
  • When he was in prison, he wrote a book about his life, and wants to get into ministry.

““At 12 years old I became a walking, talking Jesus machine,” says Cox, who is now an AG chaplain. “If you were in my path, you heard about Jesus.””

Read more: https://news.ag.org/Features/User-Dealer-Felon-Chaplain

Prayers are the reason for his calm, when he fell into a state of paralysis. He couldn’t move any part of his body at all, but instead of feeling panic, like most people would, he felt peace. He could hear and feel the prayers all around him, he even heard prayers from languages that he had heard before but had never spoken. Prayers had been such a large part of his and his wife’s life, that there is no doubt this kept him grounded throughout his life and in times of need.

Key Takeaways:

  • Thomas Carpenter couldn’t move, couldn’t open his eyes, and he was having trouble figuring out why.
  • He listened attentively. At first, he heard just one or two voices, but soon the prayers began to multiply. Some voices he understood, praying in English with assured faith.
  • Thomas remembers the medical team members being at a loss as to how he could be assisted to breathe.

“from among the chorus of intercessors, Thomas heard a cherished voice praying for him specifically — his wife, Angelia.”

Read more: https://news.ag.org/en/Features/Healing-Prayers

When current pandemic attacked this country, some people close to Navajo Nation realized immediately that the issue will be more serious there. Pastor Holgate was one them, and he recognized that remote, rural communities may be hit hard. He got to work immediately and has organized few dozen trips already, along with volunteers from his church, delivering food, water and groceries to the community in need. On average, close to three tons of non-perishables were delivered roughly every two weeks.

Key Takeaways:

  • When the novel coronavirus invaded the land, Flagstaff, Arizona, pastor Jackie Holgate knew it could become more problematic for Navajo Nation than the general population.
  • Roughly 40 percent of the population lacks access to electricity or indoor plumbing. Multigenerational families densely living under the same roof is common.
  • Holgate knew he needed to make a long-term commitment, and thus launched Mountaintop Project Hope.

“So for the past seven months, Holgate has organized forays to 30 communities on the reservation to deliver nonperishable groceries, bottled water, cleaning supplies, paper products, and other essentials as a lifeline. Most of the small towns in Navajo Nation remain on lockdown from Friday nights to Monday mornings.”

Read more: https://news.ag.org/News/Mountaintop-Project-Hope

In his early years, Josh Colwell got into all sorts of trouble, from drugs and alcohol, to gang and criminal activity. Eventually, the whole thing was bound to catch up to him, and he ended in prison. His life started to turn around in 2018, when he was released. He joined a community organization which supports people like him. Eventually, Josh’s life turned to a more spiritual one, making him an evangelical preacher to people who had similar experiences in their lives.

Key Takeaways:

  • During his developmental years in Rochester, New Hampshire, Josh Colwell fell into alcoholism, crystal methamphetamine addiction, and gang life.
  • Colwell became a part of the SOS Recovery Community Organization in Dover, New Hampshire. There he interacted with Michelle R. Gagne, who began working at the facility in February 2019.
  • Colwell became evangelistic in telling others the good news that he received. He began inviting other residents of the sober house to church.

“Federal authorities arrested him and he went to jail for dealing. When released in the fall of 2018, officials warned him to avoid drugs and alcohol, unless he wanted to end up behind bars again.”

Read more: https://news.ag.org/News/Invitation-to-a-Prodigal