Dan Wooding introduces the ASSIST News Service:
Does God make sense of our messes?
“YES! And it happened to me,” says George Verwer, founder one of the world’s largest mission organizations. By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service CHICAGO, IL (ANS – May 24, 2016) -- If anyone can create the term messiology, it’s George Verwer, an amazing man, now in his mid-seventies, who has been my friend for almost half a century. I first met George nearly 50 years ago when he came to speak at my father’s little church – The Sparkbrook Mission – in Birmingham, England, and delivered a powerful challenge for each of to be involved in evangelism. My Dad, the Rev. Alfred Wooding, was completely taken with this powerful young American preacher who has recently begun Operation Mobilization, and was already sending Gospel…
The National Parks: Gifted Treasures
By Brian Nixon, Special to ASSIST News Service ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS May 22, 2016) -- Here in the United States there’s a lot of chatter concerning the National Parks. And for good reason: some consider the National Park system “America’s best idea.” Of course this quote is debatable: the US has made amazing contributions to the world -- politically (the Constitution), scientifically (tech, industry, etc.) and in the arts (literature, jazz, rock and roll, film, abstraction, Pop, etc.). But there is something to be said for Pulitzer Prize winning, Wallace Stegner’s, quote: the National Parks were a great idea, and one of the most enduring. If you are familiar with Ken Burns’ documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, you have a general understanding…
How Do You Feel when You see the Homeless With a Cell Phone?
Nepali Leader Recounts His Emotions and Actions When the Earthquakes Hit
News Release from Gospel for Asia (http://www.gfa.org) - For Immediate Release WILLS POINT, TX (ANS – May 18 2016) –On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Nepal, killing over 8,000 people in four nations and leaving nearly 18,000 injured. Two weeks later, on May 12, a 7.3 magnitude aftershock hit, making this the nation’s deadliest disaster ever. Gospel for Asia-supported workers were on the ground when the earthquakes hit, and they were able to provide aid immediately. With a wide reach of 450 churches and 20 Bridge of Hope centers, we are in a unique position to provide aid where others cannot. Now a Gospel for Asia worker has had the opportunity to chat on the phone a few weeks ago with…
Our Prayers Reveal Our Heart
Prayer Thoughts: A Monthly Memo to Encourage Us in Our Prayer Life By Colin Stott, Special to ASSIST News Service MURRIETA, CA (ANS – May 17 2016) -- “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” -- Luke 6:45 NKJV. We can tell much about the spiritual condition of our heart by our prayers. Whatever captivates our heart will show up in what we pray – or don’t pray. If our prayers are limited mostly to calling on God in emergencies or to help us out of fixes, this is an indicator that God is not central in our lives but is off somewhere on the fringe. If this is the case we will miss out big time on experiencing the joy…