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TV Towers
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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Assemblies of God Launches Influence Music with New Worship Album

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 - 2:53 PM CST

We Believe

In a partnership with Integrity Music, the Assemblies of God will debuts its new music line, Influence Music, with the release of a new worship album, "We Believe," on Tuesday, August 6, at General Council in Orlando. The first project in a new music initiative - One: A Worship Collective - We Believe features a number of gifted AG worship leaders and songwriters.

We Believe offers churches, worship leaders and individuals an emotionally charged collection of 11 original and rearranged songs which focuses on glorifying Christ through worship, honor and praise.

We Believe was recorded live at the 7:14 Prayer Conference held at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Waxahachie, Texas) in March 2013.  Its contemporary worship style exudes traditional biblical values and includes a number of songs with more of an acoustic guitar flare, including "Jesus at the Center," "Set My Eyes on You" and "You Are Forever." 

Songwriters and worship leaders featured on the album include Clayton Brooks (The Oaks Fellowship AG, Red Oak, Texas), Ryan Williams (River Valley Church AG, Apple Valley, Minnesota), Kurtis Parks (National Community Church AG, Washington, D.C.), Elmer Cañas Jr. (Calvary Church AG, Irving, Texas) and others.

Other songs on the album include the cover, "We Believe" along with "Like Never Before," "Take Me In," "Come Like the Dawn," "Every Good Gift," "To Honor You," "We Crown You" and "Great I AM."

"The partnership between Influence Resources/Influence Music and Integrity Music to create a product with a powerful message of faith is another step in the journey of creatively resourcing the Church," states Steve Blount, vice president of Publishing, Influence Resources.

To download three of the We Believe albums songs for free, visit the album's website. Also, stories from the artists and acoustic studio versions of several singles are available to watch and listen to on the site.  The full We Believe album will be available to download from iTunes and the My Healthy Church store beginning Tuesday, August 6.

Authors: Dan Van Veen

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