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Convoy of Hope gives its hometown five outreaches in one day

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 - 1:38 PM CST

Convoy of Hope

When the gates to the Convoy of Hope outreach opened at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, eager guests stepped onto the grounds at Reed Middle School, which is just minutes from Convoy of Hope's World Distribution Center in Springfield, Missouri. Among the more than 1,000 guests were a twenty-something housecleaner, and her one-year-old daughter.

"I run out of food every once in a while," the young mother admitted. "So this [the outreach] came at a good time."

Convoy of Hope planned five outreaches in its own backyard to show gratitude toward a city that has supported the organization's mission to help hungry and hurting people throughout the world.  

Convoy of Hope
An overhead view of Reed Elementary, one of the five Convoy of Hope outreach locations in Springfield, Missouri, on Saturday, October 24.

In addition to Reed Middle School, Convoy of Hope served families in four other locations — Bingham Elementary, Bissett Elementary, Cowden Elementary, and Hillcrest High School.  

"Each year we try to do something special for our community because the community is so supportive of us," says Jeff Nene, senior director of technology and communications. "It's estimated that 46 percent of students in Springfield public schools live in food insecure homes so we wanted to do something to help those families. Holding our citywide outreaches seemed to be a good fit."

Indeed it was.

During the outreaches, 1,330 volunteers served more than 5,000 honored guests nearly 8,000 bags of groceries, 400 haircuts and 1,000 family portraits. More than that, most guests received prayer and 125 made a choice for Christ. And that is precisely why Convoy of Hope holds up to 50 citywide outreaches each year throughout the United States.

Since it was founded 15 years ago, Convoy of Hope has offered both help and hope to more than 30 million people.

"This feels good to know that there is someone out there who wants to help you," says a single mother, as she waits in a line for free groceries. "These groceries will help out a lot."

Near the exit, volunteers offer to pray with guests then load their hands with bags of groceries that promise to give each person just a little boost and a measure of hope.

And that seems to be just enough for families who are having a hard time making ends meet.

For more information about Convoy of Hope, click here.


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Convoy of Hope

When the gates to the Convoy of Hope outreach opened at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, eager guests stepped onto the grounds at Reed Middle School, which is just minutes from Convoy of Hope's World Distribution Center in Springfield, Missouri. Among the more than 1,000 guests were a twenty-something housecleaner, and her one-year-old daughter.

"I run out of food every once in a while," the young mother admitted. "So this [the outreach] came at a good time."

Convoy of Hope planned five outreaches in its own backyard to show gratitude toward a city that has supported the organization's mission to help hungry and hurting people throughout the world.  

Convoy of Hope
An overhead view of Reed Elementary, one of the five Convoy of Hope outreach locations in Springfield, Missouri, on Saturday, October 24.

In addition to Reed Middle School, Convoy of Hope served families in four other locations — Bingham Elementary, Bissett Elementary, Cowden Elementary, and Hillcrest High School.  

"Each year we try to do something special for our community because the community is so supportive of us," says Jeff Nene, senior director of technology and communications. "It's estimated that 46 percent of students in Springfield public schools live in food insecure homes so we wanted to do something to help those families. Holding our citywide outreaches seemed to be a good fit."

Indeed it was.

During the outreaches, 1,330 volunteers served more than 5,000 honored guests nearly 8,000 bags of groceries, 400 haircuts and 1,000 family portraits. More than that, most guests received prayer and 125 made a choice for Christ. And that is precisely why Convoy of Hope holds up to 50 citywide outreaches each year throughout the United States.

Since it was founded 15 years ago, Convoy of Hope has offered both help and hope to more than 30 million people.

"This feels good to know that there is someone out there who wants to help you," says a single mother, as she waits in a line for free groceries. "These groceries will help out a lot."

Near the exit, volunteers offer to pray with guests then load their hands with bags of groceries that promise to give each person just a little boost and a measure of hope.

And that seems to be just enough for families who are having a hard time making ends meet.

For more information about Convoy of Hope, click here.


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Dr. Wood is Guest for Women in Ministry Live-Stream Town Hall

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 - 1:48 PM CST

George O. Wood
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Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood will be participating in a Network for Women in Ministry (WIM) Town Hall on Wednesday, September 24, at the Cardone Media Center in Springfield, Missouri.

The WIM Town Hall begins at 2:30 p.m. (CDT) before a live audience of Assemblies of God female credential holders. The event will also be live-streamed, with Dr. Wood fielding questions from the live audience as well as the online audience.

Judy Rachels, the chairperson for the Network for Women in Ministry, is hosting the Town Hall and will also moderate the event, which will be an open-topic forum.

"Few leaders in recent history have been as instrumental in lifting the awareness of Women in Ministry as our current general superintendent, Dr. George O. Wood," Rachels says. "On Wednesday he will focus his attention — ear, heart and voice — on Women in Ministry. We want our credentialed women to set aside this time to ask questions, give their perspective, and give ear to Dr. Wood's prophetic voice. Be there!"

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"We want to especially encourage female lead pastors to log on and watch the event," explains Stephanie Nance, communications strategist for WIM. "Of the 8,132 female credential holders, 528 of them serve as lead pastors, and that number is growing. We ask that they participate, voicing their questions and unique insights. Dr. Wood wants to hear their voices in the discussions."

"I'm genuinely looking forward to participating in the Women in Ministry Town Hall," Dr. Wood states. "Interacting with AG female pastors, hearing their hearts and concerns, and exploring questions and solutions that other pastors and leaders can benefit from are some of the key purposes of this live event."

For more information about the Network for Women in Ministry Town Hall, see the WIM Facebook page. To watch the live-stream on September 24, click here. For those unable to view the live-stream, the event will be recorded and posted to the WIM Facebook page within a few days.

Authors: Dan Van Veen

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