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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

Volunteers meet needs at Pentagon cleanup

(November 18, 2001)

Within minutes after terrorists had crashed a hijacked airliner into the Pentagon on September 11, Denny Nissley, an ordained Assemblies of God minister who attends Manassas (Va.) Assembly of God, began planning how to help minister to those working on the rescue and recovery efforts.

Denny Nissley

As director of Christ in Action, Nissley soon received permission to cook meals for emergency and military personnel on a Pentagon parking lot later dubbed Camp Unity.

Christ in Action moved a 53-foot-long refrigeration trailer truck, two commercial grills, a double-stack convection oven and 60-gallon soup cooker onto the site.

Originally Nissley had been granted permission to set up for one afternoon. But Brig. Gen. Bob Smolan quickly informed relief organizations and restaurateurs that meals would be a joint operation, and he designated the tent as the hub for the feeding operation. Christ in Action’s tent is the size of a gymnasium.

"It’s a miracle that he was even there," says Manassas A/G Pastor Charles Nestor. "You have to understand how difficult it is in the Washington, D.C., environment — especially in a serious security situation — to get up close."

In the first 17 days after the disaster, Nissley, his staff of seven and more than 100 volunteer workers from around the country, served 55,000 free meals.

By 8 each morning, 2,200 people had eaten pancakes, eggs and sausage courtesy of Christ in Action. Volunteers began arriving at 3:30 to make the meals a reality. Some team members slept on chairs, the ground and the Christ in Action stage.

Dozens of volunteers from Manassas Assembly of God and Fairfax (Va.) Assembly of God helped sweep the pavement, cook and serve the food, place fresh flowers on the dining tables, and set out flag-embossed New Testaments donated by Convoy of Hope for the workers to take with them.

In addition to bringing a pallet of Bibles, Convoy of Hope supplied a truckload of food. Potomac District Superintendent H. Robert Rhoden presented a $25,000 donation to Christ in Action on behalf of the Assemblies of God.

Meals have been served to a wide range of guests, including FBI agents, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington Redskins Coach Marty Schottenheimer and U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy.

"You’ve made a home away from home for everybody here," Sgt. Ruben Gonzalez, in charge of security for the Camp Unity feeding area, told Nissley.

But there was more to the ministry than hearty meals. "We were the only entity sharing Christ, along with meeting the physical and tangible needs," Nissley says. "Our people took the time to sit down at a table and just talk and ask if they could pray for them. Some broke into tears and some asked us to pray for them." Many who helped to recover corpses sought counsel from Christian volunteers rather than the professional secular psychologists on-site.

"They need hope," Nissley says. "They need to know that there is a future, that it doesn’t end here." On Sundays, Nissley supervised a preaching and worship service.

"Hearts were ripe," says Gail Ritter, who had been scrubbing to keep the area clean. "People are so broken."

After finishing at the Pentagon on September 28, Nissley and his Christ in Action team left for New York City on October 14 to help feed recovery workers near the World Trade Center site. They are expected to be there until early December.

— John W. Kennedy and Dan Van Veen, with Mike Messner in Washington, D.C.

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