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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Editorial: The Message We Preach is the Same for Everyone

By Zollie L. Smith Jr.
June 29, 2014

“[The gospel of Christ] is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16, KJV).

We live in a nation of increasing diversity. Nearly 500 cultures and subcultures are represented among America’s population of 317 million people. Included in our population are people from 94 of the world’s unreached people groups. Just think of it! Some of the least reached people in the world (those who need to hear the gospel) may very well be our neighbors. The increasing diversity in the United States means increased opportunities for all of us to do missions work and take the good news of Jesus Christ to people in our neighborhoods, communities, and cities across America.

I am grateful for the words of the apostle Paul in Romans 1:16 that assure us the gospel, in its diversity, has the power to bring salvation to all who hear and believe the message that Jesus Christ died to redeem them from the penalty and power of sin in their lives. That message is the same for everyone, whatever their ethnicity, location, gender or age.

Across America, wherever people are, Assemblies of God U.S. Missions is there! Today, our missionaries, chaplains and project volunteers are proclaiming the gospel through hundreds of ministries organized through our Seven Windows to America: Chaplaincy Ministries; Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A.; Intercultural Ministries; Missionary Church Planters & Developers; Teen Challenge International, U.S.A.; U.S. MAPS; and Youth Alive.

In this issue of the Pentecostal Evangel, we share with you powerful stories of the gospel at work from a few of our dedicated U.S. Missions frontline warriors. Every day, these men and women demonstrate Christ’s love to diverse people and special needs groups all over America. They go to the university students, racecar drivers, hikers, cowboys and soldiers. They go to the poor, hungry, thirsty, abused, disabled and more.

More than 117 million people in America still remain unreached with the gospel. The greatest challenge we face is the need for more true believers who will respond to the call of God upon their lives to take this gospel to America’s diverse congregation. We invite you to partner with U.S. Missions through your prayers, involvement and giving … that none perish!

— Zollie L. Smith Jr.
Executive Director, Assemblies of God U.S. Missions

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