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2002 PE Report stories

Congregations demonstrate weekly prayer yields results (December 30, 2001)

L.A. Dream Center, Angelus Temple make history, reach more with merge (December 16, 2001)

Rain, gang doesn't halt impact of newly formed congregation (December 9, 2001)

Women urged to minister hope at global gathering (November 25, 2001)

Volunteers meet needs at Pentagon cleanup (November 18, 2001)

Fear, uncertainty open window of opportunity for evangelism (November 11, 2001)

'Jump for Jesus' raises $40,000 for STL (October 21, 2001)

Widows, single mothers gain practical blessings (October 14, 2001)

Five new executive presbyters elected (September 30, 2001)

Credit card 'freedoms' tempt college students (September 16, 2001)

Fellowship, nation show ethnic makeup changes (August 26, 2001)

Congregations extend a hand, spread gospel after tropical storm (August 19, 2001)

Single-parent families find hope at camp (August 12, 2001) caught in middle of culture war (July 22, 2001)

Pentecostal World Conference looks toward future cooperation (July 13, 2001)

Crossover Community Church ministers to hip-hop culture (July 8, 2001)

Prison chaplain hooked on ministry (June 24, 2001)

National Singles team convenes, plans regional conferences (June 17, 2001)

Children's ministries take center stage (June 10, 2001)

U.S. Christians trek to Israel despite news reports of danger (May 27, 2001)

A/G ministries combat eating disorders (May 20, 2001)

Mobilizing laity leads to church growth (May 13, 2001)

Fellowship convenes conference for women (April 29, 2001)

14,547 'honored guests' attend Convoy of Hope outreach in Dallas (April 22, 2001)

Hollywood sends wrong signals on teen smoking (April 15, 2001)

Iowa community faces unique challenges (April 8, 2001)

Churches support ministries to lead youth out of lifestyle (March 25, 2001)

English lessons reach Chinese with gospel (March 18, 2001)

A/G church, police, schools partner for strong community (March 11, 2001)

Church uses 'human hunt' as evangelism tool for teens (February 25, 2001)

Ministering in the fast lane (February 18, 2001)

Abstinence education saves lives, futures (February 11, 2001)

Donated food helps Convoy of Hope extend hand around the world (January 21, 2001)

American Indian College students impact boarding school (January 14, 2001)

2000 News Digest stories

Widows, single mothers gain practical blessings

(October 14, 2001)

From oil changes to childcare to reroofing homes, Assemblies of God congregations are responding to the Bible’s command to care for widows.

Edification: Single women join together in prayer at Christian Outreach Center (Assemblies of God) in West Columbia, S.C.

In one of a growing number of practical help examples, David Martin, pastor of New Life Center Assembly of God in Hays, Kan., recently asked his congregation to explore ways to minister to single moms. Church members responded by offering free oil changes. In July, three dozen women received a complimentary meal while men from the church changed oil in their vehicles.

Two weeks later, many of those moms returned to the church with their children for a video presentation of BibleMan and VeggieTales. Martin says the opportunity to minister has inspired the congregation. "We’re now thinking beyond ourselves and reaching out to the community," he says.

In West Columbia, S.C., Christian Outreach Center (A/G) is caring for widows and single moms through a variety of ministries such as an adopt-a-single-family program. At Thanksgiving, COC hosts a dinner for single parents. During the year special classes for single-parent families and counseling sessions are offered. Single-parent families also are connected to mentors from the church who call each week to encourage and pray for them. "Scripture says to take care of widows," says Carolyn Heuer, singles pastor at the church. "We see single moms in the same category."

Some churches have found that offering single moms an alternative to their busy schedules can make for effective ministry. In Marysville, Wash., single mothers receive free back-to-school supplies, financial advice, car maintenance and a makeover spa experience. "After the spa sessions, women not only feel good on the outside, they feel loved on the inside," says Cindy Johnson, who coordinates the ministry with Wanda Green, women’s ministries director at the church.

Some churches, such as First Assembly of God in Grant City, Mo., provide free home repairs. Members from the church reroofed a widow’s house and an elderly single lady’s house in the town of 900. "The reroofing was a visible statement to the community," says Pastor Leonard Green.

At James River Assembly of God in Ozark, Mo., widows and single mothers receive free oil changes and peace of mind thanks to the church’s Mechanics in Action ministry. Four times a year, ministry team members change oil and diagnose engine repair needs.

"I have someone I can trust for car maintenance, and a credible referral for other repairs," says Sue Kennedy, a single mom, who along with her mother, Charlene Wolfe, a widow, has benefited from the ministry.

"I appreciate being able to get my car serviced," Wolfe says. "A lot of single moms and widows need this. It’s nice to know we can get mechanical advice without being taken advantage of."

— John Cockroft

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