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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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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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