• News

Prayers Requested for State Overseer of Texas

Brother Jonathan Smith, State Overseer of Texas, is seriously ill and needs divine intervention. He has put his trust in the Lord for his healing. The family would be grateful for the prayers of the saints of The Church of God.

Brother Smith is very weak and respectfully requests that contact be made via text with his mother, Vicki Smith, or his sister, Rebekah Horne, in lieu of direct contact with him and his wife. They will do their best to answer when possible. Thank you to all for your understanding.

Let us all join together in fervent prayer for Brother Smith and trust in the promise of the Word of God: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Prayer Requested for Refugees from Burundi

In November 2015, the World Mission Department reported on the growing violence and genocide affecting our church members and their families in Burundi. Robert J. Hawkins, Jr, World Mission Coordinator, published a follow-up report in March 2016 revealing the violence had escalated in this country. Due to the unsafe conditions, great numbers of people fled from their homes into neighboring Rwanda seeking safety from the trouble.

Many of our brothers and sister sought asylum at refugee camps in Rwanda. Our report from March 2016 revealed the terrible conditions of these camps. Most of the brethren abandoned the camps due to the circumstances; however, some had no other option but to remain.

Today, we received a sad report from Brother Leonidas. He stated that two of the remaining refugees in the camps had lost their lives this week due to sickness and disease in the camp. He also revealed that three others are currently battling sickness and struggling to survive.

Our brothers and sisters from Burundi conti...

VLB Coordinator Attends Panama National Convention

The Church of God in Panama is very much alive! Ninety-three delegates gathered together December 10, 11, 2016, in San Pablo for their National Convention. The theme for the Convention was taken from Proverbs 24:3, "Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established." The National Overseer, Brother Luis Zeledón, did an outstanding job moderating the Convention, and instructed the membership in wisdom for the labor of the new appointment year. The precious saints in Panama are ready and willing to work for Christ and the Church and to do whatever is necessary in furthering the gospel in their country. Though they are small, they have big plans and expectation of growth. This dedication will not go unnoticed by God. He will reward His faithful laborers.

There were two people saved during the Convention and two others who were received into the Church by covenant. Panama's national music ministry has grown in recent years by adding more instruments and musicians. They were such a blessing an...

Help Needed after Drought in Uganda

We recently received word from our National Overseer of Uganda, Makoha Francis Agati, that his country has been hit with a drought which has affected food prices and availability. It is reported that many Ugandans, including our church members, are surviving on one meal per day, and some news outlets report that some are eating only half a meal per day.

Brother Agati has asked us to pray for his country and for our church families in Uganda. The meteorological service in Uganda has stated that the current drought is expected to last until early next year. Local authorities fear that many will suffer starvation as the drought could lead to emergency famine levels.

A relief fund has been established at General Headquarters. If you would like to help our brethren with this urgent need, please send a financial contribution to the Uganda Drought Relief Fund. May God bless you for your compassionate giving.

Ways to Contribute

Check: Please mail checks to The Church of God, c/o Uganda Drought Relief Fund, P...

Join us for a Mission Team Trip!

Pack your bags! We are leaving on a Mission teams Trip! The Lord is sending us to the neighboring cities of El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico in late March 2017. In addition, a team will be visiting Montevideo, Uruguay on March 13-23, 2017.

Anyone applying for a place on the mission team must meet some basic qualifications. The minimum age for domestic trips is sixteen (16) years old, and the minimum age for foreign trips is eighteen (18) if traveling alone or sixteen (16) if accompanied by a legal guardian. All team members must be saved, sanctified, filled with the Holy Ghost, and a member of The Church of God. All applicants must also receive their pastor's endorsement to be considered for a spot on a team.

The cost of the trip to El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico will be approximately $1,200. This includes airline tickets, lodging, food, and ground transportation.

The cost of the trip to Uruguay is approximately $2,000. This includes airline tickets from Atlanta or Miami, lodging, food, and ground ...

Saints in India Face Opposition in Hindu Village

This video clip was received from Brother Paul Sudhakar, National Overseer of India (North). As they were witnessing in a Hindu village, the religious leaders confronted them about sharing Christ in their village.

The next day the Hindus (those shown in red clothing) forced their way into one of our local churches and began their idol worship. They told Brother Sudhakar and our congregation that since we came into their area, they would now worship their God in our area.

Brother Sudhakar and the saints in India continue to need our prayers. Let us pray for their courage and safety as they endure religious persecution as they continue to evangelize and reach out to the Hindu villages.

Hurricane Matthew Update - Haiti

In general, Haiti is in turmoil. Although there are other countries sending goods, there are reports of individuals stealing trucks that are bringing aid from other countries resulting in some of the goods not reaching their destinations.

After receiving information from Juan Pimentel, National Overseer of Haiti, we are grateful to report that we have not received any bad news regarding any of our Church members and friends. Brother Pimentel will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they are available. We are thankful for God's hand of protection during this natural disaster. Let us all continue to pray for all of the citizens of Haiti as they work to recover from Hurricane Matthew.

One local church did suffer some damage and the pastor lost some livestock, however Emergency Funds were sent to assist him and alleviate the situation.

General Headquarters Welcomes New Employees

This article was prepared by Allene Cox, Office Manager.

General Headquarters is pleased to announce that there have been some additions made to the office staff. Effective October 1, 2016, new smiling faces will be greeting you in person and on the phone.

Sister Courtney Lewis will be serving you from the Merchandise Department. Any purchases you make or correspondence you need regarding records, merchandise or mailing of literature will be directed to her.

Sister Vicki Smith will be serving as Administrative Secretary for Brother Hawkins, Brother Horne and Brother Dupre. She will handle all correspondence pertaining to Missions, BTI, and The Evening Light. If you need a new subscription, she will gladly take your call.

Sister Wendy Barick will continue to serve you from the Accounting Department.

Sister Allene Cox will be the Office Manager as well as continuing to serve as Brother Pimentel's Private Secretary.

All the other staff – Brother Grayson Kent, Brother Kryss Barick, Sister Shanna Weeke...

Prayers Requested for Haiti

Please pray for the saints and residents of Haiti that are bracing themselves for Hurricane Matthew, a powerful Category 4 storm with winds of one hundred forty (140) miles per hour. Matthew is supposed to make landfall today, and there are concerns over damaging winds, flash floods, landslides, and lack of power, food, water, and supplies.

It was only a few years ago (2010) that Haiti was devastated by a powerful earthquake that killed over two hundred thousand (200,000) people. More information will be forthcoming as we communicate with the National Overseer of Haiti.

"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints..." (Ephesians 6:18).