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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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SAGU Adds Online Extension Sites Coast to Coast

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 - 2:26 PM CST

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) now has 13 active online extension sites offering classes across the nation.

Eddie Davis, vice president of enrollment and retention, said, "SAGU has aggressively embraced the strategy of extension sites in order to provide an accessible education to potential students who do not fit the mold of a traditional on-campus or online student."

SAGU extension sites present the unique ability to partner with churches around the country that value accredited college level training as well as practical hands-on ministry experience. In many cases, SAGU's online extension sites allow students to remain close to home and attend college at a reduced cost.

Currently, SAGU is operating 13 online extension sites across the country including: Bethesda Community Church in Ft. Worth, Texas; Christ Church in Ft. Worth, Texas; Griffin First Assembly in Griffin, GA; Impact Now, Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas; Life Church in Germantown, WI; Visalia First Assembly in Visalia, CA; Life Church in Roscoe, IL; as well as six additional locations in Kansas, Pennsylvania, Missouri, California, and Texas. New sites are planned to open in the Spring and Fall of 2015.

Davis continued, "Students are trained not only by highly esteemed, academically qualified SAGU faculty, but also by local church leaders and influencers in the field. The dynamic of extension sites creates an active and exciting learning experience for our students."

Extension sites currently offer an AA in Bible degree or a BA in Church Leadership. For more information about SAGU extension sites, email som@sagu.edu.

To learn more about SAGU, located in Waxahachie, Texas, see its website.

Authors: William Elliot

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