the BEAUTIFUL story
Obed Natán Chic Itzep was born in the city of Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Escuintla, Guatemala. He has served the church as a children’s and youth pastor, a clerk in his local church, and district Youth Ministries director. In 2019, he was appointed senior pastor of the Tierra Verde Church of God of Prophecy in Siquinalá, Escuintla, Guatemala.
SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP - PRAYERFUL LEADERSHIP
Look at the first two words in this article’s title, “Spiritual Leadership.” Now replace the word “spiritual” with any word that denotes effective Christian leadership—authentic leadership, compassionate leadership, visionary leadership, anointed leadership, fruitful leadership, compelling leadership, servant leadership, etc. This simple exercise reminds us that consistent, fervent prayer is essential to effective spiritual leadership.
Prayers Heard, Prayers Hindered
Caleb Madara Dondo serves as COGOP Kenya Task Force vice chairman. Brother Dondo is a teacher with a passion for teaching on the Holy Spirit, giving, and prayer.
Local Church Outreach 2020
As the coronavirus made headlines near the beginning of 2020, I heard an amazing message of compassion and care concerning early Christians running into the plague to minister with kindness to make a difference in the lives of those who were sick and dying. They were willing to move to ministry, even when it threatened their own lives. The message contained a powerful illustration of how those of us who follow the teachings of Christ respond in counter-culture ways to minister to those who are suffering and in need.
The Bible tells us to pray with all kinds of prayer (Ephesians 6:18). But not every kind of prayer is effective prayer. Sometimes, our prayers resemble a flea-market auction. We barter. We negotiate. We up the bid. We say, “I’ll become a missionary if you’ll heal me, God!” Or, “I need more money, more money, more money—I’ll tithe 15 percent!”
Consider Your Ways
When my wife and I first got married, we knew very little about managing money. We certainly did not pay attention to the verse found in Proverbs 22:7 that says, “The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender” (NKJV).
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Children and the Holy Spirit
Part Two: Explaining Holy Spirit Baptism to Chil-
A PEOPLE OF Prayer
Bishop Tim McCaleb, general presbyter for Asia, Australia, and Oceania, became a licensed minister in the COGOP in 1980. He held pastoral positions throughout Tennessee and Illinois before his appointment as state overseer of Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Texas. During that time, he also participated in Assembly committees such as the Bible Doctrine and Polity committee and was Servant Partners Director for the International Offices. He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Houston Graduate School of Theology. He is married to Sheena and they have four children and many grandchildren.
We are Stewards of Our Bodies
STEWARDSHIP MINISTRIES Paul Holt Director of Finance and Administration
THE PRINCESS AND THE BABY
A long time ago in Egypt, there was a young Hebrew girl named Miriam. Her family had just had a beautiful baby boy. There was a big problem, though. The Pharaoh of Egypt had issued a decree that all Hebrew baby boys be killed to decrease the population of the Hebrew people, who were enslaved by the Egyptians.
Bishop Gabriel Vidal was saved at the age of five and has been involved in church work his entire life. In 1984, he moved to New York after finishing three intensive years in a school of business in Santo Domingo and then lived in Rhode Island from 1985 to 2000. He co-planted a church in Providence and later became regional youth leader for both Southern New England and the Northeast Hispanic regions. He has also served as administrative assistant for the Spanish Voice of Salvation ministry and director of the World Language Department before his appointment as general presbyter of South America. He and his wife, Hanny, have two children.
How Living in the COGOP Orphanage Changed My Life
I recently contacted a few of our children’s home directors and asked if they could get in touch with a former student who would be willing to share how living in the Church of God of Prophecy children’s home affected them and influenced their lives. The following testimonies are examples of how your donations and prayer support are helping to raise men and women of God in a loving home–not only in providing physical care, but spiritually impacting their lives and their eternity.
Dr. Clayton Martin entered full-time ministry in 1987 as a pastor and district overseer in the Cayman Islands. He later served on the Biblical Doctrine and Polity committee for the COGOP and national overseer for Jamaica and the Cayman Islands prior to being selected as general presbyter for the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean Islands. He received a Bachelor of Religious Education from Christian Bible College and a Master of Arts in Religion with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Sonia, have one daughter.
Bishop Stephen Masilela is the general presbyter for the COGOP in Africa. He is also a counselor and registered marriage officer and currently serves as president for Evangelical and Pentecostal churches in Africa. He holds a diploma in Personnel Management and Training (IPM) from Bible Training Institute and is enrolled with the Gordon Conwell/COGOP Leader of Leaders Master’s Degree program and the Extension School of Ministry of Swaziland College of Theology for a theology degree. He is married to Sibongile and they are blessed with three children.
TIME TO LAMENT
Reconciliation through Mourning
The Fruit of the Spirit Brings Reconciliation
To reconcile means “to cause to coexist in harmony; make or show to be compatible.” If we are to coexist in harmony with each other, we must walk in the Spirit so that we do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. The flesh wants to be in control. This leads to many people being incompatible. But there is a solution: the fruit of the Spirit.
The Ministry of RECONCILIATION
As I was doing research for this article, the following words written by Rev. Brian A. Tillman, chair of the Commission on Religion and Race in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, leaped off the page as I was reading. “Reconciliation is not something we hold hands and pray for God to do — no Kumbaya. It is work that God has given to us to do.”1 This quote is instructive as we seek to understand what it means to engage in the ministry of reconciliation, particularly against the backdrop of the current global protests against racial injustice. Reconciliation is the work of the church.
I know a man whose family moved to the United States from South Korea when he was elementary school age. He has vivid memories of feeling as if something had been torn away; an abrupt disconnection from the culture he loved and the life that made sense to him. He was replanted in a country, neighborhood, and school where everyone spoke a language he had not mastered. He was harassed and mistreated by the other children because he didn’t look like them.
One Child Fund
Indonesia Children’s Home
Kids can serve their world
Shaun McKinley International Children’s Ministries Director CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES
I JUST WANT TO BE SEEN
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’” (John 14:5–9 NJKV).
Hope For Tomorrow
Paul Holt Director of Finance and Administration STEWARDSHIP MINISTRIES
Genereal Overseer's Global Address
Bishop Sam N.Clements July 11, 2020
Ways Your Church Can Use TECHNOLOGY in Children's Miinistry
I remember using cutting-edge technology in children’s ministry twenty years ago. Our church had splurged and bought an expensive “Kid’s Church” curriculum. It came with full-color transparencies for an overhead projector to go with each week’s story. It was amazing! And we used video clips, too—I would cue up the VHS tape, remote in hand, ready to start and stop the clip at just the right moment.
The Marriage Knot
Carl Corser is an ordained bishop, serves as president of the Gideons Cleveland North Camp, board of directors and chaplain of the Peach State Tractor Club, and owner of Corser Enterprises.
GLOBAL MISSIONS MINISTERIES: HARVEST PARTNERS AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS
Early this year, we received a call from a Harvest Partner church in Tucson wishing to assist in some short-term way to bless pastors of local churches in the nations that were not receiving regular support.
IF JESUS HAD TikTok
There wasn’t much technology in Jesus’ day. His ministry was spread on foot, by boat, and even by donkey. Jesus and His disciples wore robes and sandals and used silver as currency. Can you imagine if Jesus came down to earth in the twenty-first century? He would go from a tech-free world to a whirlwind of Instagram influencers, tweets, and TikTok dances.
DEVELOPING LEADERS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
The term “Age of Technology” applies more today than any time in the past. Due to the pandemic this year, we have seen technology and social media become the primary medium for corporate worship, education, world news, and even personal relationships.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES Unwrapping the Servant Kids Can Serve
Shaun McKinley International Children’s Ministries Director