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The news is in from COGIC World Missions reporting the work completed thus far in Nepal. It reads much like it could be a chapter from the Book of Acts – ripe with excitement and filled with the hope that comes when the Holy Spirit is so evidently at work. The country of Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake which devastated the country. Just this week, another major earthquake shook the already devastated country and the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000. If ever there was a country in need of hope – It is Nepal.
The Church of God in Christ through COGIC Charities was able to send a group from COGIC World Missions to Nepal to provide food, supplies, shelter and much-needed medical care. The COGIC World Missions group ventured deep into Nepal to reach areas and families that had not yet received aid. They were able to serve thousands of families and delivered 3 tons of rice, 250 gallons of cooking oil and spices. They even had some sweet treats for the children of the area. So far, 25 shelters have been constructed by the Church of God in Christ and plans are being made to construct 70 more shelters.
In Nepal, only 1.4% of the population is reported to be Christian and there are only 4,000 villages with Christian Churches out of 74,000 villages. As Bishop Mathews stated, “This earthquake was horrific, I saw horrors that shook me to the core. However, the greatest tragedy in Nepal is the spiritual state of the nation.” Bishop Mathews met with a pastor who had planted 18 churches who was looking for a spiritual home and guidance. Bishop Mathews met with many of the pastors of these churches and they unanimously agreed to join the Church Of God In Christ. These young pastors in Nepal want to cover the country with fire baptized COGIC Pentecostal Churches and the COGIC World Missions department has promised to help this effort.
In Psalms 34:18 we learn that God is near to the brokenhearted and that He binds up their wounds (Psalms 147:3). So, that is where we should desire to be, near to those who are brokenhearted and ready to bind up their wounds, both naturally and spiritually. Not only is Nepal seemingly devoid of hope, a vast majority of the population do not know the Only True Hope, The Hope of Glory, Jesus Christ! Not only can we bring hope by meeting the physical needs of those in Nepal, but we are also able to minister to them on a much deeper level by meeting their spiritual needs. This changes the trajectory of their life and their eternal destiny.
As the Church of God in Christ continues to help restore hope in Nepal, please pray how God might desire to use you in His plans for the restoration of this country. Maybe God will call you to fast and pray for this effort? Maybe God will give you a burden to cover the COGIC missionaries who are on the ground in Nepal? Or maybe God is calling you to sow a seed into this effort? However He leads you to connect, we pray that you answer the call to Provide Hope in the Midst of Devastation.
In Ferguson and Baltimore Our Leaders and Departments were out in full force making a difference. COGIC Charities has given 100's of Thousands of Dollars in Scholarships, as well as, sent an ambulance and supplies to Liberia to help with the Ebola virus, gave $20,000 in flood relief aid in Malawi and have empowered Bishop Vincent Matthews and COGIC World Missions to build 20 houses in Nepal with plans to build 70 more… but we need your help!
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SOUTH AFRICAN BISHOP NAMED NEW COGIC INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS PRESIDENT
February 25, 2015 (Memphis, TN) Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr. has been chosen to lead the International Missions Department of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC).
Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. has, with the approval of the General Board of the Church of God in Christ, selected Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr. to be the new president of the International Missions Department. Bishop Mathews succeeds Bishop Carlis Moody who served admirably as president for over forty years.
Bishop Mathews is the jurisdictional prelate of the South African First Jurisdiction and the pastor of Tabernacle COGIC in Ivory Park, Johannesburg.
Presiding Bishop Blake says, “Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr. has a heart for missions. His desire to reach those men and women in the countries around the globe where the Church of God in Christ is located, and beyond, will continue our church’s long tradition of empowering people to transform their communities.”
For the past 10 ½ years, Bishop Mathews and his devoted wife, Sharon Mathews, have served as full-time COGIC missionaries in South Africa. They have been married for 21 years and have 10 children.
Bishop Mathews says, “I'm honored that Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. and the General Board have afforded me the opportunity to serve as International Missions President. I am confident that thousands of saints of the Church of God in Christ will join me and answer the call to extreme commitment to The Great Commission through radical, relevant and innovative worldwide ministry.”
Bishop Matthews was born in the United States and left a lucrative career in education to go on the mission field. He received a BA from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, an MA from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a Doctorate of Theology from North Carolina College of Theology. He has authored six books and loves the ministry of worldwide missions.
About the Church of God in Christ:
The Church of God in Christ is one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the world and the 4th largest Protestant group in the United States with churches in 63 countries worldwide and a membership of nearly 6.5 million adherents.
Celebrating 40 Years of Service To The International Community
Bishop Charles E. Blake, Presiding Bishop, Board of Bishops, Ministers and others will honor Bishop Carlis L. Moody, Sr., President of the International Missions Department, Church of God In Christ for his 40 years of service in the International Community. This event will occur at the Holy Convocation in St Louis, MO on November 7, 2014.
Mark your calendar, you don’t want to miss this memorable event! Stay tuned for updates.