Earlier this year, our church chose to help a pastor in Myanmar start a goat farm for their congregation to become self-supporting. The week before the project was introduced to our congregation, I had the opportunity to teach the preschool class about Nehemiah returning to Jerusalem to help rebuild the walls of the city. We talked about ways we can be a helper at home (picking up our toys), how we can help at our church (passing out water bottles at an upcoming consignment sale), and ways we can help people around the world that we may never see (the Give-A-Goat project). We talked about goats and goat farms, how this would help the people have money for food and other things they need, and how we can give money to help. The children set a goal of $54. I thought that was a little ambitious for 10 preschoolers but nonetheless, that was our goal.
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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
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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
DIGITAL SIEGE: INTERNET CUTS BECOME FAVORED TOOL OF REGIMES
When army generals in Myanmar staged a coup last week, they briefly cut internet access in an apparent attempt to stymie protests. In Uganda, residents couldn’t use Facebook, Twitter and other social media for weeks after a recent election. And in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the internet has been down for months amid a wider conflict.
When the Signal Goes Out
Government-ordered internet shutdowns are becoming more frequent
Thanaka Color Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a mystical country centered among Southeast Asia's more common destinations, yet still remaining relatively unknown. After many years of isolation, Myanmar has only recently opened up to the outside world. The magnificent land is also known as the Golden Land.
Revelations Within Myanmar Amber And Meteor Showers
Golden-hued amber is often used in the jewelry business to craft wonderful treasures in the forms of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings.
Ayeyarwady- A River Through Time
A journey up Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady river from Mandalay to the far northern trading town of Bhamo, near the Chinese border.
Top Destinations Around The World For Wine Lovers
Destinations around the world woo wine lovers with tastings, tours and vinotherapy.
Bangladesh Has A Lot To Prove
With her nation newly behind her, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is looking abroad for new opportunities.
IN THIS AGE OF JOURNALISTIC SPIN-DOCTORS WITH FANCY NAME-CARDS
The medium is the message, Canadian Marshal McLuhan wrote in 1964. That was when the medium was not as complicated. You had print, radio and TV. That was about it.
Shelter Across the Border
Mizoram has been taking in refugees who have fled Myanmar after the coup in February
G7 Foreign Ministers condemn violence against Myanmar protestors
The Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US, and the High Representative of the European Union have firmly condemned violence by Myanmar's security forces against peaceful protests.