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By Dr Elijah Hankerson, President of the International Department of Evangelism
Thank you for all of your prayers and support, regarding the recent crisis in Ferguson, MO! We would like to give you a short report, specifically on the areas of evangelism, outreach and soul winning.
At the start of the chaos, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., commissioned the International Department of Evangelism to proceed into the area strictly to (1) share the Good News of Jesus Christ and (2) witness to lost souls!
All three jurisdictional bishops in the area have been 100% supportive of these outreach efforts: General Board member Bishop L. M. Wooten (Missouri Eastern, Western Illinois), Bishop R. J. Ward (Missouri Eastern First) and Bishop W. L. Scott (Illinois Southeast). These leaders have supplied workers from the area and workers have even joined in from other states and jurisdictions.
We are ecstatic to report that over 300 souls have given their life to the Lord Jesus, around 3,000 Gospel tracts have been disseminated to the public and hundreds of people have received prayer! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
We are grateful for all of the soul winners who literally risked their lives every day! The saints have dodged bullets, inhaled tear gas, walked for many miles every night endured brutal heat and even a violent thunder storm; all for the sake of lost souls! The “troops” completed their mission on Friday night, August 22, 2014 with the Glory Train! We started with the “Glory Train” and ended with it!
What is the “Glory Train?” It is an 18 wheeler flatbed with a trailer. The saints ride on the flatbed and the “live band” is on the trailer. It is literally a “mobile revival!” This clever soul winning tool is the brainchild of our Coordinator of Special Projects for IDOE: Lady Shirley Wooten. Lady Wooten is the wife of Bishop L. M. Wooten, who serves on our General Board.
Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., will also be in the city of St. Louis on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm. He will share a message of salvation, hope and restoration! The Presiding Bishop is ensuring that the ministry of the Church Of God In Christ ministers to this “deeply distressed and troubled” community at this time!
The International Department of Evangelism thanks for your support of soul winning!
The first night of the C.H. Mason Heritage Symposium & Celebration was met with anticipation as members of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. and the Assemblies of God (USA) joined together in worship. The International Music Department sang songs to honor Bishop C.H. Mason’s love for gospel hymns in a Live Recording commemorating his life, leadership and legacy.
We were honored to have General Superintendent, Dr. George O. Wood, of the Assemblies of God (USA) preach an awesome message about the need for unity within the body of Christ, encouraged the Saints that God is doing the “immeasurable more”, and reminded us of the importance of keeping Jesus in the Church. There was a shared sense of reverence by all who attended, acknowledging Bishop C.H. Mason’s integral role laying the foundation of holiness and sanctification for our denominations.
After the service, a reception was held celebrating the 150th Birthday of Bishop C.H. Mason. Everyone enjoyed a time of food, fun and fellowship – a testament to the fact that it truly is “good and pleasant for brethren to deal together in unity.”
Congratulations to COGIC's Own Sherkeitha D. Mitchell!
September 5, 2014 The Church of God in Christ, Inc. would like to wish Mother Cleolia Penix, International Sunday School Field Representative, a very Happy and Blessed Birthday! We thank God for you continued dedication and service. May God bless you with many more happy, healthy & prosperous years.
The Church of God in Christ, Inc's Urban Initiatives are being the hands and feet of Christ serving the community in Ferguson, MO. Take a look at the great work being done:
COGIC PRESIDING BISHOP CHARLES E. BLAKE, SR. CALLS FOR PEACE IN THE WAKE OF MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTING
St. Louis, Missouri (August 12, 2014) The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) joins the family of Michael Brown in asking for calm and peace in the aftermath of the shooting and killing of their son. Eighteen year old Brown, known as a “gentle giant,” was only days away from beginning his college studies.
It is imperative that the community resist the temptation to retaliate by looting and rioting in our own neighborhoods. Instead, we must allow the St. Louis County Police Department and the FBI’s investigations, regarding the senseless death of this young African American male to go forward.
The destruction of property in Ferguson, Missouri only hurts our communities and places more lives at risk. Furthermore, this riotous behavior takes away attention and resources from these extremely critical investigations.
I ask that we all remain patient and wait for the results of the investigations. During the next few days, please avoid settings that may put you at risks in any way.
Most importantly, please remember to pray for Michael’s family, especially his parents, Michael Brown, Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, as they prepare to lay their son to rest.
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.
Assemblies of God General Superintendent Dr. George O. Wood
All of the Departments of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. love Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. and it was evident by the outpouring of expressions of love, gratitude and respect that were shown on his birthday. Below you will see a sampling of these expressions… it is so great to be a part of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.
August 5, 2014 – Bishop C.E. Blake, Sr. is celebrating his 74th Birthday. Please take a moment and comment below to wish our Presiding Bishop a Very Happy Birthday!