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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

Congregations demonstrate weekly prayer yields results

(December 30, 2001)

Four hundred people gather weekly at Greeley (Colo.) Assembly of God. Instead of meeting for a traditional evening service, attendees come to focus on prayer for their city, missions, non-Christians, schools and the government.

"The Lord began to deal with me about going back to the basics," says Rigo Magana, senior pastor. "I felt the Lord wanted more intimacy with His church."

Magana began shifting the focus of his congregation toward prayer, fasting and Bible study. "Prayer is the thing we need the most," he says. "But it is sometimes the thing we neglect."

Magana says the results of prayer can be clearly seen in his church. Recently, Greeley Assembly added a third service on Sunday mornings, and is in the process of purchasing a 102,000-square-foot building plus 10 acres of parking. The church also has added a Friday prayer meeting from 9 p.m. to midnight. "I attribute all of the growth to prayer," Magana says. "We are expecting God to do great things."

Beginning with the Assemblies of God National Week of Prayer, January 6-13, Magana says his church will have 30 days of prayer and fasting to kick off the new year.

Adherents of the Assemblies of God are encouraged to set time aside for the National Week of Prayer. General Superintendent Thomas E. Trask says that if local churches make special times available for prayer walks, prayer meetings and prayer emphasis, the effects will be evident.

"The more people involved, the greater the power," Trask says. "People of all ages can pray – there is no substitute for it."

The significance of the prayer emphasis week, Trask says, is that it is a time when church bodies can accentuate the subject of prayer and then join together in different settings to acknowledge the need of God’s help and to pray for those in governmental leadership. "Nothing of any lasting value is going to happen through the church that isn’t first birthed and bathed in prayer," Trask says.

Madonna Paulson, director of the A/G’s National Prayer Center, agrees. She says the prayer week will spawn daily prayer in Assemblies of God constituents. "Prayer is a discipline that will change us," Paulson says. "Dedicating 10 minutes a day to begin with is an easily achievable goal that will lead to extended times of daily prayer."

— Isaac Olivarez

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