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Convoy of Hope responds to tornado disaster; AG churches okay

Mon, 05 Feb 2007 - 6:01 PM CST

Through its local partners, Convoy of Hope was already assessing damage on Friday in several central Florida communities, where a thousand homes were severely damaged and at least 19 people are confirmed dead following last Thursday night's tornadoes.

Along with shipping immediate relief supplies, Convoy of Hope sent staff from its world headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, on Saturday. The assessment teams will determine how Convoy of Hope can best help the area prior to the trucks loaded with relief items rolling into central Florida.

Several churches Convoy of Hope has worked with in the past have already requested Convoy of Hope's presence so that they can better help the area.

According to Ed White, director of Men's Ministries for the Peninsular Florida District Council and point person for the district concerning the tragedy, to his knowledge, no AG churches were damaged by the tornado and no AG members lost their lives. However, some AG members did suffer damage to their homes and the opportunities for meeting needs in the lives of suddenly very needy people are plentiful - churches are responding.

In terms of damage and lives lost, the devastation from the tornado is being compared with that of Hurricane Charley.

On Saturday, two semi-trucks were loaded with 80,000 pounds of bottled water, PowerAde, soup, cereal, soymilk, chips and cleaning supplies and sent to stricken area.

This disaster comes on the heels of Convoy of Hope's response to one of the worst ice storms to ever hit the United States.

For more information on Convoy of Hope or to learn how to assist in meeting victims' needs through COH, see the organization's Web site at http://ConvoyofHope.org/.


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Through its local partners, Convoy of Hope was already assessing damage on Friday in several central Florida communities, where a thousand homes were severely damaged and at least 19 people are confirmed dead following last Thursday night's tornadoes.

Along with shipping immediate relief supplies, Convoy of Hope sent staff from its world headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, on Saturday. The assessment teams will determine how Convoy of Hope can best help the area prior to the trucks loaded with relief items rolling into central Florida.

Several churches Convoy of Hope has worked with in the past have already requested Convoy of Hope's presence so that they can better help the area.

According to Ed White, director of Men's Ministries for the Peninsular Florida District Council and point person for the district concerning the tragedy, to his knowledge, no AG churches were damaged by the tornado and no AG members lost their lives. However, some AG members did suffer damage to their homes and the opportunities for meeting needs in the lives of suddenly very needy people are plentiful - churches are responding.

In terms of damage and lives lost, the devastation from the tornado is being compared with that of Hurricane Charley.

On Saturday, two semi-trucks were loaded with 80,000 pounds of bottled water, PowerAde, soup, cereal, soymilk, chips and cleaning supplies and sent to stricken area.

This disaster comes on the heels of Convoy of Hope's response to one of the worst ice storms to ever hit the United States.

For more information on Convoy of Hope or to learn how to assist in meeting victims' needs through COH, see the organization's Web site at http://ConvoyofHope.org/.


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AG Centennial to Have Strong Overseas Representation

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 - 9:33 AM CST

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With the U.S. Assemblies of God Centennial celebration two weeks away, being held August 5-10, in Springfield, Missouri, registration for the event continues to build. Yet, even though it's the U.S. Assemblies of God celebrating, the overseas AG members are coming in significant numbers to join in the celebration as well as participate in the World AG Congress, being held concurrently.

According to Sheila Mixer, AG Convention Services Group registration coordinator, for those who have pre-registered, so far more than 43 percent are coming from overseas, representing 118 countries!

Mixer expects that by the time the Centennial events begin, there could be as many as 2,000 or more overseas AG representatives attending the events, which include the Centennial celebration, Global Church Planting Summit, and the World AG Congress.

"It's exciting to see such enthusiastic support from Assemblies of God churches overseas," says U.S. AG General Superintendent George O. Wood. "This gathering will truly be a global, once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Wood says there will be nothing like attending the event in person — worshipping God and experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit while standing side-by-side with AG brothers and sisters from around the world - and he encourages all AG members to make every effort to attend. However, for those who are unable to attend, all of the Centennial services will be live-streamed from the event website.

The AG Centennial is being commemorated through a new book that identifies 100 significant moments in AG history. Titled "Moments That Inspire Us to Greater Things," the book is a collection of 100 stories that demonstrate God working in and through the people who make up the Assemblies of God. Included in the book are key missions stories — missions that have resulted in more than 64 million AG overseas adherents, and whose representatives are now coming to help the U.S. Assemblies of God celebrate its centennial.

For more information about the AG Centennial events, including registration information, resources, event schedule and more, see 100.ag.org. To preorder the AG Centennial book, "Moments That Inspire Us to Greater Things," click here.

 

Authors: Dan Van Veen

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