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Just a pile of twisted steel and cables are all that remain of The Assembly's TV towers. (Photo courtesy of The Cross radio station, Facebook)

Pastor Shane Warren and his staff at The Assembly in West Monroe, Louisiana, feel blessed even though Warren estimates the church and student housing for its School of Urban Missions experienced as much as $200,000 (estimated) in damages and its television station suffered millions of dollars of damage when an EF2 tornado ripped through the city on Monday.

"We dodged a bullet," Warren says in obvious relief and thankfulness. "The tornado was right above us, we had 60 or 70 people in the church at that time - they easily could all have been killed. You look at all the damage [in the city], and it seems a lot of people should have been killed."

According to Gene Brown, the regional executive presbyter, the towers were completely torn down by the powerful winds that struck the area, twisting them around and dropping them to the ground. The tornado also tore the roof off of the station building located next to the towers.

"We had two towers, side by side; one 700 feet, the other 500 feet," Warren says. "It will cost about $1.5 million to replace the towers and another $1.5 million to replace the transmitter. We haven't been inside of the station yet — the roof was tore off and rain flooded the interior — and the equipment inside is pretty sensitive."

"The church had just finished quite a bit of repair work to the station due to some earlier flooding," Brown says. "Now, the two Christian stations they were managing, KWMS and KMCT, are off the air."

According to a Facebook report by the The Cross, a Christian radio station in neighboring Monroe, Louisiana, thousands of homes and downtown businesses in West Monroe are still without power, with numerous schools in the area being closed due to damage and power outages.

Brown observed many traffic lights down and trees uprooted in the area. But what's remarkable, he says, is that just last week international compassion ministry, Convoy of Hope, and its ministry, Rural Compassion, had stocked supplies and held a "first responders" training session at nearby Point Assembly of God, only a 20-mile drive northwest of West Monroe.

"Curtis Wilson, head of Rural Compassion in our area, has his men out right now going through the city," Brown says. "He's out there with his team, cleaning things up."

Warren says that the church's Wednesday evening services are cancelled, but if they can get a gas leak repaired, he hopes to have services on Sunday — even if only by candlelight.


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Global University’s Berean School of the Bible launches curriculum on e-Pubs

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 - 2:56 PM CST

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Global University, a fully accredited distance education university of the Assemblies of God located in Sprignfield, Missouri, has launched its Berean School of the Bible courses in additional electronic versions in English.  

According to Wade Pettenger, vice president for Information Technology for Global, the university now has Berean School of the Bible courses in multiple digital formats, including the Logos Digital Library System, Kindle and e-Pub format.

"The new e-Pub format allows our students to study a Berean course on virtually any device, including smart phones and tablets," says Pettenger. "This includes both iOS and Android devices, which all support the software for reading these courses."

Pettenger adds that depending on the type of software used, students can use bookmarks, navigate the table of contents, highlight sections of content, access Bible passages, correct self-diagnostic quizzes and make personal notes.

Enrolled students can access the new e-Pub courses on Global University's mobile website.

According to Vice Provost Randy Hedlun, all but three courses out of the 27 ministerial courses are available in these electronic formats. Dr. Hedlun adds that publishing these electronic courses is yet another effort to continue providing accessibility to Global University students.

For more information about Global University, see its website or on Facebook.

Authors: Roberto Ponce

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