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2003 PE Report

Americans find comfort in ‘nesting,’ but connecting is another matter (December 22, 2002)

Viewer discretion advised: Reality-based programs stoop to new low (December 15, 2002)

A/G among fastest growing faith groups (December 8, 2002)

Christians play crucial role in foster care (November 24, 2002)

A/G churches remember with outreaches (November 17, 2002)

Elderly face added woes from credit card debt (November 10, 2002)

PE Kidz News from BGMC (October 27, 2002)

Cyber-evangelists find innovative ways to share gospel (October 20, 2002)

Risks, stigma accompany wearing of tattoos (October 13, 2002)

Women lead on-campus ministries (September 29, 2002)

Tobacco, alcohol, gambling industries find underage Internet client base (September 22, 2002)

Marijuana, cocaine have abusive company: Ecstasy, meth and prescription painkillers (September 15, 2002)

September 11: A day that changed American Christians forever (September 8, 2002)

Congress, courts clash over Internet filtering issue (August 25, 2002)

People with disabilities bless churches (August 18, 2002)

Short-term youth binges can result in long-term habit (August 11, 2002)

Christians aim to preserve traditional marriage (July 28, 2002)

Payback time: Christian volunteers motivated to give back to community (July 21, 2002)

Urban training centers minister
to ever-growing population
(July 14, 2002)

E-mail rumors dupe multitudes, hurt credibility (June 30, 2002)

Not so innocent: PG-13 films increasingly push sex, language limits (June 23, 2002)

Skipping church: Why are some Americans staying home on Sunday? (June 16, 2002)

Fudge fellowship: Pastor's wife treats tavern clientele (June 9, 2002)

Persevering nomadic church finally reaches promised land (May 26, 2002)

Tragedy brings A/G church, community closer to God (May 19, 2002)

Couples find God's calling in adopting, raising children (May 12, 2002)

A/G chaplain ministers to women in maximum-security prison (April 28, 2002)

Youth center offers alternative to teens (April 21, 2002)

A week without television (April 14, 2002)

Technological know-how aids San Jose church outreach (March 31, 2002)

Cincinnati racial reconciliation brings inner peace to inner city (March 24, 2002)

District's fund-raising efforts aid pastors planting churches (March 17, 2002)

GED program an effective ministry (March 10, 2002)

Building relationshipis at heart of women's ministries outreach (February 24, 2002)

Single-minded devotion: Unmarried ranks offer ministry opportunities (February 17, 2002)

Bethany College honors black minister pioneer (February 10, 2002)

A/G quarterback wins Unitas Award (January 27, 2002)

Camp Melody plants song of love in boys' hearts (January 20, 2002)

Pastor breaks giving record after 10 days atop billboard (January 13, 2002)

2001 News Digest stories

2000 News Digest stories


PE Kidz News from BGMC

(October 27, 2002)

Two brothers, a garage sale and a burden for missions
"Mom, can we have a garage sale so we can earn more money for missions?" asked 10-year-old Michael Teifel and 8-year-old John Teifel. These two brothers from Oak Park Christian Center in Pleasant Hill, Calif., got the idea from the recent Northern California/Nevada District publication 50 Ways to Fill a Barrel.

"They are always looking through the book to get ideas to raise money for Boys and Girls Missionary Crusade (BGMC). In addition to the garage sale they also set up a lemonade stand," says Carolyn Burkhalter, children’s pastor at the Teifels’ church.

"They give from their allowances, monies from birthdays and extra jobs they do around the house," says the boys’ mother, Joellen Teifel. "They just want to help missionaries! I can thank Pastor Carolyn for that. She does a great job of teaching my children about missions every week."

Captain Commission recently visited their church to personally thank Michael and John for their commitment. "The commitment these boys are displaying proves kids are a missions force," says George Negrete, NCN District BGMC coordinator. "We found out the boys have each earned at least $75 for BGMC this year."

"Michael and John have a real heart for missions. They are only 8 and 10 years old, but they set a great example to all the other kids on how to be a cheerful giver," says Burkhalter.

Thank you from the Philippines
Thanks, BGMC kids! You have helped us buy a stove, refrigerator, pots, bowls, spoons, cups and a freezer. Sandy and I think it is so cool that BGMC kids have given us enough money to help us buy kitchen equipment so we can feed hungry street kids here in the Philippines.

For five weeks in a row we have been feeding a large group of very hungry children, and some of the families that live downtown in the slums.

First, the Family Circus ministry teaches them about Jesus. Then after feeding their hungry hearts, we also help to take care of their physical hunger. The children and the families have been so thankful. Included in the meal are milk, bread and Lugao – a delicious Filipino rice dish with chicken, carrots and onions.

We are able to make the food for 200-250 people for about $20 (U.S. dollars). Imagine: a good meal for about 10 cents each.

In it for the King and His kids,
Darrell and Sandy Blatchley
Missionaries to the Philippines

A miracle in Argentina
Just a word to say a big thank you for BGMC for the recent $1,000 given us to purchase ventriloquist dummies for our Argentine children’s workers.

For 25 years we have been using a ventriloquist dummy named Felipe and always with exceptional results. During the past few years we have encouraged talented Argentinean children’s workers to step out in the use of ventriloquist dummies, and we have taught special classes on it. Since these dummies are not available here, I have been purchasing them in the United States and shipping in a few every time I am able.

Children who give to BGMC will be especially happy to know that this year BGMC gave us $1,000 with which we purchased six dummies for our Argentine workers.

On Thanksgiving Day, we gave one of these ventriloquist dummies to an Argentine children’s evangelist, Basilio Androniciuk. He named him Cristianito (meaning "Little Christian") and immediately began ministry with him.

Two weeks ago Brother Androniciuk was using Cristianito to teach the gospel message in a church service. A 10-year-old girl named Soledad was sitting in a wheelchair at the back of the church. Soledad had been in a serious car accident at 5 years of age and had been left paralyzed from the hips down. For five years she had no use of her legs. They hung limp from her body. The little dummy Cristianito was quoting John 3:16 when suddenly Soledad rose from her wheelchair, walked all the way down the aisle and stood looking up at him. The entire congregation broke into praise at this obvious and unexpected miracle. The church service could not go on. There could be no preaching. Spontaneous praise continued to drown out any possible words from the pulpit as this little girl continued to walk and then almost run around the room.

Soledad still used the wheelchair some of the time as her legs gained strength, but several of her school friends have come to know the Lord Jesus through her testimony of His miraculous touch.

Ralph and Frances Hiatt
Missionaries to Argentina from 1964-2001

5-year-old painter for missions
Alexis Melilli, 5-year-old daughter of Pastor Jonathon and Salli Melilli, has raised more than $100 for missions through BGMC. After her family devotions in the home were finished, she had been praying for unsaved children in the world. She decided to help missionaries tell people about Jesus by using the talents God gave her to earn money for missions. She started drawing pictures of trees and houses with bright blue skies. She would go door to door selling them for 50 cents or whatever people wanted to give. People quickly caught the fever of her great passion for missions and began to give above and beyond. Some have offered her $20 for her colorful drawings. When other kids are saving money for toys, Alexis Melilli stands out as a true hero of the faith.

Essay Contest: What do you like best about church?
Write down your answer on a separate piece of paper and send it to the address below. The top 10 answers will be awarded prizes from the Children’s Ministries Agency of the Assemblies of God. Include your name, address and age.

Send to:
Children’s Ministries Agency Essay Contest
1445 N. Boonville Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802-1894


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