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A nation in need of God

By Charles Hackett

My earliest memories of attending an Assemblies of God church center on three things: the penny march, the small Sunday school cards and the Pentecostal Evangel. These three have changed over the years, but none more than my favorite religious magazine, the Pentecostal Evangel.

Now it’s changing again.

After nine years, American Horizon, our Home Missions magazine, has ceased publication and has joined forces with the official voice of our Fellowship, the Pentecostal Evangel. I am pleased that Home Missions is teaming up with the Pentecostal Evangel. Six times a year the Mission America edition of the Evangel will zero in on what God is doing in America. With a circulation six times greater than American Horizon, the Pentecostal Evangel will help us reach a greater segment of our family.

America’s problems can be traced directly to her spiritual decline. We have been a great nation because of our Christian foundation, but we are in jeopardy of losing our greatness due to spiritual and moral decay. Only God can save our country, and He will do it through the Church and only the Church. The Church is responsible for the spiritual temperature of this nation — not the government.

I thank God for our government, our courts and our educational system, but these cannot bring revival to this nation. Thankfully, we are seeing signs of a spiritual awakening. Some reports indicate there is more prayer going on for revival in America today than at any other time in our history. God answers prayer. Revival is coming and, through the special Mission America editions of the Pentecostal Evangel, we want to keep you informed of the needs and how God is meeting those needs.

It is also our hope that as you read these Mission America editions of the Pentecostal Evangel you will intercede for America. Use the stories and pictures as a prayer guide. Contact the people involved and let them know you appreciate their ministries and are praying for them. Allow the Holy Spirit to direct you to those you should support financially.

More than 2.5 million Americans identify with the Assemblies of God. That is a huge army. Together we can make a difference.

Charles Hackett is Executive Director of Assemblies of God Home Missions


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