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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

Women urged to minister hope at global gathering

(November 25, 2001)

Despite a national mood of apprehension, more than 5,000 Christian women traveled to the Global Celebration for Women in Houston the week after terrorists attacked New York City and Washington, D.C. Even though airlines had greatly reduced the number of domestic and foreign flights, women from more than 150 countries made it to the Reliant Astrodome.

They came from across the United States, the Philippines, Brazil, Serbia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Great Britain, Honduras, Canada, Kenya and many other nations.

Sponsored by 12 women’s faith organizations, including Assemblies of God Women’s Ministries, the event featured Elizabeth Dole, Anne Graham Lotz and several other leaders.

"It is not by accident that we gather at such a time as this," said Dole, former president of the American Red Cross. "As we meet, people around the world are searching for hope in a whole new way. Doors that once were closed tight have broken open wide. Men and women are hungry to know the truth that can set them free."

Dole, who served as secretary of transportation in the Reagan administration and secretary of labor in the George Bush administration, shared the platform with lesser-known speakers such as single mother Peggy Ledford.

Ledford, who made Jesus her Savior at a Convoy of Hope outreach, had a powerful impact on attendees by describing her story of poverty, disability and Christ’s transforming love.

"This conference was a moment in history when women made a statement of faith," says Lillian Sparks, A/G national Women’s Ministries director. "Nothing speaks louder than the unity, determination, courage and humility of leaders coming together in the face of terrorism to proclaim that Christ is our hope."

Women from many walks of life and many ethnicities worshiped and praised God in unison. Acknowledging common struggles of life in a post-modern world, participants accepted the overriding challenge to share Jesus Christ among an international community desperate for hope and mercy.

"The different praise and the different cultures were the most exciting things," says Becky Brumbalow, of Evangel Community Church (A/G) in Snellville, Ga. "Everyone brought a distinct culture and way of worship."

Workshops focused on cross-cultural learning, living in a hostile world, micro-enterprise, spiritual warfare, leadership, AIDS, prayer and dozens of other topics. In addition, Sparks co-taught a workshop on motivational gifts with Deborah Gill, senior pastor of Living Hope Church (A/G) in North Oaks, Minn.

Organizers extended an invitation to area churches, and attendance swelled to 15,000 for the closing ceremony featuring musicians Alicia Williamson, Kathy Troccoli and the Salvation Army Band.

As the three-day conference ended on September 21, Convoy of Hope launched an evangelism outreach at a nearby mall. More than 5,000 guests attended and 522 of those made a decision to accept Christ as Savior.

— Colette Walden

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