NEPAL: Hope in the Midst of Devastation

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.

Ministering to Communities in Need

 

Baltimore, MO – Ministering to Communities in Need

By Pastor Carl Pierce, Carter Memorial COGIC

 

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At the inception of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr's. term of office as Presiding Bishop of the Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) Bishop Blake laid before the church what he tagged “the big rocks,” birthed out of his deep concern for the betterment of mankind worldwide.  Poor academic achievement, financial disenfranchisement, high unemployment, soaring crime levels, the desperate state of the black man, and the breakdown of the family, were all a part of the vision he presented to the church. And when the unrest began in Baltimore, the Church Of God In Christ stood ready. The churches had a broad understanding of the challenges facing the city.  

 

 

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Working in solidarity with clergy and faith leaders of various denominations, COGIC pastors and elders have been actively involved following the death of Freddie Grey in Baltimore. Elder Ron Owens, a local businessman, who is well-known throughout the city of Baltimore, and Pastor Carl A. Pierce, Sr., Senior Pastor of Carter Memorial COGIC of Baltimore (both of whom were program participants at the Freddie Gray Memorial Service) have been on the front lines from the beginning. They continue to serve with a select group of faith leaders, elected officials and community leaders to address the problems that plague the city of Baltimore and its residents.

 

Carter Memorial Church, in the heart of West Baltimore, has been named one of four sites as a rapid response center for One Baltimore, a Camden partnership initiative.  The ministry is also a resource center for A Better Baltimore.  Partnering with local nonprofits, civic organizations and educational institutions, the ministry is moving forward to impact the lives of Baltimore’s residents.

 

We continue to pray for justice and peace.  We pray for our governmental officials and for the residents of our inner city.  We also pray for our police officers, including the officers involved in Gray’s arrest.  And we continue to pray for better police-community relations in cities and towns throughout our country.

 

 

COGIC: Ministering At Home and Abroad

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!

Click here to support this effort.

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Join the Local Administrative Development’s Monthly Conference Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7PM PT | 9PM CT | 10PM ET. Dr. Jacqueline Respress, Educational Administrative Consultant and Author, as she talks about “The Benefits of Being Faithful”. Call-in Number: 605-562-0020 Meeting ID: 151-715-583

A Pastoral Statement on Police Violence Against Black Men

The death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore is yet another tragic loss in a series of apparent criminal acts perpetrated by certain law enforcement officers against African American men. The Church of God in Christ offers our sincere condolences to the Gray family and to the many families throughout the nation devastated by the loss of loved ones under similar circumstances.

The swift indictment of the six police officers responsible for the death of Freddie Gray is the correct message: that no one is above the law and that the lives of young African American men have value. We are prayerful that the Gray family will ultimately receive the justice that was denied to the families of so many young men who lost their lives at the hands of the police.

Police brutality along with racial inequalities in the criminal justice system have had a negative impact on African Americans since the end of slavery. In the sixties, it was the primary cause of rage among blacks identified by the Kerner Commission Report. Since then it has continued to plague African Americans of every generation provoking outrage, protests and even riots.

Harvard sociologist Bruce Western argues that the riots of the sixties fueled a national backlash and a preoccupation with law and order which was the catalyst for the current epidemic of mass incarceration which is decimating the black community.

We decry the cruel victimization that is prevalent in the inner city and seek to highlight the root causes of the injustice that African Americans across the nation suffer. We urge the immediate adoption and implementation of social policies and laws that will stem the tide of violence unleashed on our citizens by those charged with protecting and serving.

Despite the injustice African Americans face at the hands of society, in general, and law enforcement, in particular, violence and rioting are never justified. Therefore, we condemn such behavior in the strongest terms possible. Violence is antithetical to Christian teaching and counterproductive.

We must continue to follow the example of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and the work of so many other Civil Rights leaders who won an end to segregation through non-violent tactics.

We both urge and support the continuance of peaceful demonstrations which typify our preferred response in Baltimore and where ever the cry for justice needs to be heard.

The Church of God in Christ will continue working in concert with government and civil society to achieve change. We will aggressively advocate for enacting social policies and laws that will ameliorate the current, untenable situation and reverse the militarization of our local police forces while strengthening community policing practices.

The Federal Government’s recent decision to provide funding for body cameras for police forces in small and medium sized cities is an excellent example of policies that can lead to true progress. Research indicates that both police officers and the public are more judicious in their actions when body cameras are used.

We believe the ultimate prescription for our inner cities must give all citizens access to quality education, jobs that pay a living wage, a fair criminal justice system and policies that strengthen the family and promote financial literacy.

With the help of God, we can turn our urban neighborhoods around.

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

Presiding Bishop & Chief Apostle

Seventh in Succession

Church of God in Christ

Help COGIC Help Nepal

CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST SENDS HELP TO NEPAL IN WAKE OF EARTHQUAKE

May 4, 2015 (Memphis, TN) The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) International Missions President, Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr. will take a team to Nepal to assist in the hardest hit areas of the recent earthquake.

The media reports that more than 7,000 people have died and more than 11,000 injured after one of the worst natural disasters to hit Nepal.  Amid continuing aftershocks, people are sleeping outside and are in desperate need of 500,000 tents.

The Church of God in Christ is sending Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr. to answer the call for much needed medical supplies, water purification tablets, tents and much more.  Bishop Mathews and a Missions delegation will land this week in Kathmandu with a medical doctor to assist in any way they can.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. states, “The Church of God in Christ is sending a team to assist our brothers and sisters in Nepal. Our COGIC congregation and the thousands in the area affected by this disaster are in desperate need of our help.”

Bishop Mathews says, “After seeing the devastation of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. felt it vital that we put some boots on the ground to help the people of Nepal in some of the hardest hit areas.” He further states, “We are going to the outlying areas that are closer to the epicenter and tough to reach places to help those with considerable less resources and aide.”

C.E. Blake Ministries, Inc. is making a Ten Thousand Dollar gift to COGIC Charities to assist in the alleviation of this and other tragedies around the world.  Bishop Blake says, “I want to challenge COGIC members, leaders and churches to give generously to support this effort.”

Your contribution will be used to provide food, water and medical resources to those impacted by this disaster in Nepal and in other places around the world where poverty and disaster have diminished the level and quality of human life.

Help COGIC Help Nepal

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(Your donations are tax deductible and will greatly assist the men and women of Nepal.)

 If you would like to donate by mail, please write to:

Church of God in Christ
“HELP COGIC HELP NEPAL”

World Headquarters
930 Mason Street
Memphis, TN 38126

Please make checks payable to COGIC Charities Disaster Fund.

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.

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COGIC PR Selected as Winner in the 36th Annual Telly Awards

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CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST SELECTED AS WINNER IN THE 36th ANNUAL TELLY AWARDS

 

Memphis, TN (April 10, 2015) The Telly Awards has named the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Public Relations Department as a winner in the 36th Annual Telly Awards for their show titled Holy Convocation-All Access Pass.   With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

Holy Convocation-All Access Pass is a half-hour show that highlighted the various events of the 107th Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ.  This show was streamed to thousands online and available in hotel rooms throughout the ten-day convention.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” says Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards.  “The Church of God in Christ PR department’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

Robert Coleman, COGIC-PR Director says, “This award is incredible recognition to the team that worked so hard on this show. I cannot say thank you enough to Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. for the opportunity, the shows host Lady Shirley Jordan, Mr. Cormac Parker, crew Eric Reinig, Dave Lowther, David George Newsome, Darris Adkins, Will Hampton, Melba Newsome, Robin Smith and the entire PR staff.”

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate public relation departments in the world.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.

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.

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