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AG World Missions and Convoy of Hope are partnering to help feed and care for those affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Convoy of Hope is procuring emergency meals and medical supplies, and AGWM is funding the shipping and distribution of these critically needed items. Six shipping containers are already en route to Liberia, and plans for a total of 30 containers are underway.

AGWM and Convoy of Hope's partnership makes this relief effort both financially efficient and effective in touching the suffering. By partnering with AG churches in the affected areas, relief supplies are distributed to those who need it most, and people are connected with the gospel and a community of believers. Every dollar given will deliver 30 meals to people in Africa's hardest hit communities.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, the Assemblies of God in Liberia (AGL) is reaching out to the suffering with a gospel witness, prayer, and tangible assistance, such as food and household supplies. The Ebola crisis has had a negative impact on the nation's economy, leaving many without even the most basic necessities. 

Greg Beggs, AG World Missions regional director for Africa, says, "AG national churches in Liberia and Sierra Leone are valiantly coping with this horrendous health crisis. We need to unite our prayers with them for God's intervention."

In order to maximize its influence, the AGL has formed a partnership with the Christian Health Association of Liberia, which works hand in hand with the Liberia Ministry of Health as well as 1,600 churches nationwide.

In neighboring Sierra Leone, the Ebola epidemic began in the village of Koindu where an AG Bible school is located. Several deaths have been reported from the school and area churches. Despite steps to attempt containment, the epidemic has spread to every district in the nation. According to the World Health Organization, the densely populated national capital, Freetown, has been called "one of the worst affected cities in this outbreak."

The Sierra Leone Assemblies of God has received medical supplies (gloves, masks and hand sanitizer) from HealthCare Ministries, AGWM's medical outreach. Local churches distribute those supplies in remote regions where the disruption of services has created staggering shortages.

"Much of the success of the current relief efforts stems from the presence of strong AG churches in the area," says Jerry Ireland, director of Africa AG Care. "Apart from the network of Assemblies of God-affiliated churches, such efforts would be greatly hindered, if not impossible."

"During the Thanksgiving season is an especially appropriate time to express our gratitude for God's blessings with a meaningful and tangible offering that is effective in any amount," says Randy Hurst, AGWM Communications director. "Through this effective partnership between AGWM and Convoy of Hope, for every dollar 30 meals can reach desperate people in Africa. Even a child can give a dollar and know their gift delivered 30 meals."

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Arnett chosen to lead Zion Bible College

Wed, 10 Oct 2012 - 3:19 PM CST

Dr. David Arnett
Arnett

The Board of Trustees of Zion Bible College in Haverhill, Massachusetts, has announced that Dr. David Arnett has been selected as the school's new president-elect.

Arnett is currently serving as the vice president for Academic Affairs (Chief Academic Officer) at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, as well as professor of Homiletics, Pastoral Ministries, Theology and Bible. He holds a BA degree from Central Bible College and an MA and D. Min. from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

Having served in churches in New Mexico, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri, Arnett has also planted eight churches and a Christian Academy. He travels extensively preaching and teaching. His wife Kathy is currently serving as the executive director for Alumni Relations for CBC.

"My wife and I are excited about this opportunity as it follows the call of God on my life - to train and prepare ministers, missionaries and Pentecostal workers for the local church," Arnett says. "Zion has a beautiful campus and has potential for expansion and growth coupled with a vision to reach the world."

Arnett will follow current president, Dr. Charles Crabtree. Crabtree, the former assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, announced earlier this year that he will retire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Since his election as president four years ago, Crabtree has led in doubling the school's enrollment from 200 to 400 students and is preparing to add a master's degree program. "I must give credit to President Charles Crabtree," Arnett says. "He has done an amazing job in his tenure."

The inauguration of Dr. Arnett will take place in conjunction with ZBC's graduation day, May 10, 2013, at Zion Bible College.

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