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April 2012

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Blanketing Focus 40
  with Love
Cultivate at NAC 2012:
  'Uniquely You' Conference
Canadian Congregation's
  Spanish Ministry Transforms
African Church Joins
  Holland Church of God
Developing Healthy Churches
  through Healthy Families
McCrackens Accept New
  Special Assignment
  Missionary (SAM)

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         The Vision Thing


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Church of God Brings Disaster Relief to Tornado-Stricken Midwest

Photo: Tornado damage at First Church of God, Carrier Mills, Illinois

Since the late-February, early March onslaught of severe weather across the Midwest, the Church of God has been hard at work in the office and on the ground, restoring broken homes and hearts. Tornados that wreaked havoc on communities in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky did not spare Church of God congregations. With damage ranging from minimal to severe, church buildings and homes of church families were affected at Henryville First Church of God in Henryville, Indiana; First Church of God in Harrisburg, Illinois; Carrier Mills First Church of God in Carrier Mills, Illinois; First Church of God in Salyersville, Kentucky; and Broadway First Church of God in West Liberty, Kentucky. The relief effort is ongoing, but continues to require the support of the body of Christ.

The tornado that struck southern Indiana left miles of destruction in its wake, killed more than a dozen residents, and nearly wiped some communities off the map. Henryville was one community that was especially hit hard, though the First Church of God building and the home of the pastor suffered only minor damage.


New Hope in New York

Photo: Baptism at First Church of God

Since 1909, First Church of God in Far Rockaway, New York, has faithfully proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ. Not only have they kept a dynamic work going for more than a century, but they have also developed more and better disciples. Many of these disciples have become pastors and other ministry leaders. It's not enough for First Church to exist; they feel compelled to meet the needs of the community around them. It's not enough for First Church to preach the Word of God; they are committed to raising up new leaders in the ministry.

Just this past February, First Church observed Black History Month with grand celebration.

Renewing Our Foundations

Photo: Project Foundations (From left to right: Jon Finney, guest musician Joy Sherman, and Mike Parks)

More and more young people are discovering the reformation message of the Church of God. Where are they finding it? Dale Oldham, former pastor and CBH speaker, is noted to have said, "If people do not sing great truths then those truths will soon be forgotten." Young people are discovering these truths through song. It all began just two years ago with an idea, the means to realize a dream, and two young men at a camp meeting in central Ohio.

At the 2010 Ohio Central District Camp Meeting, worship team member Mike Parks performed one of the heritage songs of the Church of God with a contemporary sound. After the service, he and Jon Finney began talking about Church of God heritage music.


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