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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

Rain, gang doesn’t halt impact of newly formed congregation

(December 9, 2001)

More than 400 people, including gang members, accepted Jesus as Lord during an evangelistic outreach in Chicago in conjunction with the grand opening of Chicago City Church in August.

Reaching the neighborhood: Pastors Chris and Monica DeLaurentis conduct an altar call during the outreach in Chicago.

"What a wild week and a half it was," says Pastor Chris DeLaurentis. "Half of our events were battered with rain. Yet, we passed out hundreds of raincoats to people and many decided to stay. Every night the altars were packed."

The crusade consisted of preaching, rap music, food, a kids crusade, and giveaways of shoes, clothing and a bicycle.

It rained so much one night that the crusade was moved into the church gym for a concert by the rap group D.O.C. and for preaching. When the skies cleared up, the neighborhood gang threw its annual block party as a memorial to a fallen gang member/drug dealer down the street.

When gang members asked church members if they could borrow some tables, Pastor Monica DeLaurentis agreed if the outreach could be moved to the block party. Gang members consented because the rap group could perform.

"In the past two years, over a dozen people have been shot at this block party," Chris says. "However, we went anyway."

During set up, some younger gang members began threatening Monica and church members. "I knew we would not get out with our equipment," Monica says. "The gang would take over after we were finished."

When Monica prayed, she looked up and saw that a police Special Weapons and Tactics team had surrounded the site. She later learned no city permit had been obtained for the party. Nevertheless, police allowed D.O.C. to rap one more song and for Monica to preach a short sermon. After a message on "Can You Feel the Pain?" dozens of people came forward weeping.

On grand opening Sunday, more than 200 adults and 100 children came to services under a tent at the Chicago City Church.

"Over the week, we saw 400 people come to Christ — from single hurting moms standing in the rain for a glimmer of hope to hardened gang members who only came to stop us," Monica says. "But God intervened."

—Dana Edson

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