This past week, I received the following communication from George O. Wood, the General Superintendent of the U.S. Assemblies of God. It contains informations not only about the crisis happening in Europe, but how the Assemblies of God responding there directly to people in need. It also contains current information about how to contribute materially to meeting needs there.
Gifts can also be given directly to First Assembly Community Ministries and we will be happy to forward them to the appropriate agencies.
So, if you'd like to contribute toward these needs, please feel free to give your offerings directly, mailed into 108 Beck Lane, Lafayette, Indiana 47909 or digitally by clicking here. Please note in the memo portion of your check or digital gift "COH EUROPE" to ensure proper direction of your gift!
Dear Fellow Minister,
Greetings in the Lord!
Undoubtedly, you are aware of the widespread refugee crisis across Europe. AGWM missionaries, national churches, andConvoy of Hope are already working in seven countries in relief efforts to help the suffering, including Macedonia, Austria, Greece, Italy, Belgium and Germany, and this will likely expand.
The scale of need defies imagination. European nations were already reporting a refugee crisis when 280,000 people crossed their borders in 2014. During the first eight months of this year that number has been eclipsed, with another 350,000 people desperately seeking asylum. Their homelands in Africa, the Middle East and as far away as Afghanistan are rocked by war and violence against civilians.
By some estimates, this is the worst refugee crisis since World War II. This may become the largest relief response in our history as a Fellowship.
With God's help, and with compassionate participation from across our Fellowship, I believe this can also become one of our greatest opportunities to share the love of Christ and the hope of the gospel.
I hope you will catch the vision for this rapidly growing missions opportunity. Would you consider giving your congregation the opportunity to give an offering to help the joint relief efforts of AG World Missions and Convoy of Hope?
Also, please join with me in praying that God will give protection, wisdom and strength to every missionary, national pastor, layperson and Convoy team member on the ground.
May the Lord bless you richly!
For Christ and His Kingdom,
Dr. George O. Wood
The General Council of the Assemblies of God
You can learn more about the work of Convoy of Hope in Europe by clicking here!
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