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Current news and stories from our Alliance field workers.

Alliance Churches Receive $1 Million in Loan Interest Rebates

Posted: 26 June 2017, 1:00 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Thanks to the generosity of the Alliance Development Fund (ADF), approximately 470 Alliance churches and ministries received interest rebates totaling $1 million last month.

Larry McCooey, ADF’s president, explains, “God blessed ADF with strong financial results in our most recent fiscal year. Our board of directors designated $1 million to be given to our borrowers in the form of interest rebates, and ADF issued those rebates during the last week in May.” This marks the third time in ADF’s history these gifts were made possible.

For more information on the Alliance Development Fund, or to learn how the ADF can assist your Alliance ministry with the financing you need, visit www.adf-inc.com, call toll-free at (888) 878-3060, or e-mail adf [at] adf-inc [dot] com.

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About the Alliance Development Fund:

The Alliance Development Fund (ADF) is dedicated exclusively to providing funding for churches and other projects of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Since its inception in 1978, ADF has made approximately 1,500 loans to help Alliance ministries obtain the buildings they need. More information is available online at www.adf-inc.com.

For more information:
David Graf, Vice President for Church Services
The Alliance Development Fund, Inc.
Phone: (888) 878-3060
Email: grafd [at] adf-inc [dot] com

Father’s Day 2017

Posted: 16 June 2017, 9:51 pm

by Mike Sohm, president of Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA), the relief and development arm of The Alliance. Formerly posted 6/18/16.

Have you thought of what you want to say on Father’s Day to your dad, whether in person, over the phone, or in writing? For those of us who are dads, we are grateful for words of affirmation (or a tie) from our kids, yet we are aware of our weighty responsibility.

For those of us who have lost our fathers, the day can also bring to the surface strong emotions.

My dad died seven years ago from a car accident, and I miss him often. We enjoyed a long and loving relationship, and I am grateful for all of those years.

Whether you have known your father for 50 or 15 years, this is a day to honor him for the role he has played in your life. This is both an act of gratitude and obedience to one of God’s commands (see Ephesians 6:2–3).

World Refugee Day

This year, I think especially of a group living without their fathers—refugee children. Sunday may be Father’s Day­, but Tuesday is World Refugee Day.

Standing for the FatherlessToday, thousands of refugee children have either lost their fathers or live separated from them due to war. They fled to a place of safety, but their fathers stayed behind. Other fathers had to flee first to avoid being brought into the war, and they wait for their families to arrive.

These children are vulnerable. They are vulnerable because they are refugees, they are children, and they are fatherless. These children need help, advocates—someone who will defend them.

God Defends the Fatherless

We read in Deuteronomy 10:18 that God “. . . defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.” In Psalm 68:5 we learn that He is “[a] father to the fatherless, a defender of widows . . .”

Our God defends the cause of the fatherless. He loves them and calls us to do the same.

How Do We Defend and Care for the Fatherless?

Let’s focus for a minute on Syrian children:

Standing for the Fatherless

  • Begin by praying for these children as they cope with great loss. Pray also for those who are working with these hurting children in the Middle East and now in Europe.
  • Some of these youth will eventually find their way to the United States as refugees. Consider becoming part of a small group that provides immediate support for these families when they arrive.
  • Along with your prayers and practical assistance, please also consider giving to our Alliance family of workers who care for these children and their families. You can do so by giving to CAMA’s Syrian Refugee Relief fund.

On Father’s Day, I’m thankful for my dad—a great guy! I’m thankful for my adult sons—gifts from God. Yet I grieve for the boys and girls today who live as refugees without a father.

Join me in expressing thanks for your dad, and stand with me for the refugee child who has no father.

Adapted from a blog post first published on the CAMA Web site

Alliance Council 2017: Sunday

Posted: 5 June 2017, 3:22 pm

Council Week in Review Video

Seen and Heard

“If the Holy Spirit is going to fill the atmosphere, we have to relinquish control.” —Kelvin Walker, pastor, Bedford Community (Alliance) Church, Bedford Hills, New York

“Always lift up Jesus, or everything else fails.” —Kelvin Walker, pastor, Bedford Community (Alliance) Church, Bedford Hills, New York

“He’s in us, but He wants to come upon us. He’s baptized us, but He wants to fill us.” —Kelvin Walker, pastor, Bedford Community (Alliance) Church, Bedford Hills, New York

“We’re not declaring an ending. We’re declaring a beginning. God spare us from trying to determine what that looks like or to control it.” —John Stumbo, U.S. C&MA president

“Why would we not want everything You have for us? Why would we want to limit the God who made flowers and babies and curry? Why would we want to limit the God who flings stars and speaks a word and galaxies come into existence? Why would we want to limit You in any way? So we do not speak a close to this event; we speak a beginning, and we celebrate that 2 Peter declares that you, Church, have been given everything you need for life and godliness.” —John Stumbo, U.S. C&MA president

Extras

Following are additional items to remind you of today’s session.

Alliance Council 2017: Saturday

Posted: 4 June 2017, 2:31 am

Still electrified from the afternoon Missions Rally, the Alliance family continued the celebration with a vibrant Saturday evening worship service. The room was filled with the presence of God as we entered into a time of praise to Him.
Johnathan Schaeffer, pastor of Grace Church in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, reminded us that we can rest in God: “We are going to trust Him to do great things!”

The Grace Worship Team invited us into exaltation, shouting “Hosanna” and praising God for setting us free.

Gary Benedict prays for John Stumbo and the Board of Directors

Former C&MA president, Gary Benedict, prayed over John Stumbo and his newly elected Board of Directors, asking for God to continue the work He started. Gary prayed that the Board would live in unity with each other because “where God’s people dwell in unity, He pours out His blessing.”

The parable of the prodigal son was read in English, Spanish, Korean, and American Sign Language, and participants of Take-a-Break, the disability ministry at Grace Church, danced on stage while playing instruments.

After much rejoicing, Ty King led a responsive prayer of thanksgiving, saying, “We will lift up our hands in worship for Your faithful love endures forever!”

Ron and Wanda Walborn led in prayer for the prodigals in our lives, inviting us to “call forth what is not as though it were.” The audience wrote names on cards as the worship team sang “Come Alive.”

Many families wrote the names of loved ones currently not walking with Jesus

Johnathan asked us to pray for the prodigals, as mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters lifted their papers in the air. “God knows where they are, and He sees them,” he said.

A group read a list of who we are in Christ: chosen, forgiven, redeemed, complete.
Johnathan concluded with a benediction: “May you go with great hope, confidence, and faith.”

The Day in Pictures

Seen and Heard

“I read [the Bible] like a thirsty person.” —a North African church statesman

“It is not duty that compels us to serve. . . . It is love.” —an international worker serving in Africa

“We are the women of this Christ-centered, Acts 1:8 family.” —Jen Vogel, national director for Great Commission Women

“The God who sees us is not content to have His followers living life with a faulty vision of what is truly important.” —an international worker serving in Europe

“Do I really love [Jesus], or am I following Him for His blessings?” —an international worker serving in Africa

“I realized I didn’t have to live out my promises to God; I could live out His promises to me.” —a North African church statesman

“[Prodigals] have heard your lectures their entire lives. They want you to listen and know who they are.” —Ron and Wanda Walborn, Nyack and Alliance Theological Seminary

Extras

Following are additional items to remind you of today’s session.

Alliance Council 2017: Friday

Posted: 3 June 2017, 2:52 am

People’s responses to the Spirit’s stirring Friday night could result in “tens of thousands of souls” in heaven, remarked President John Stumbo at the service’s conclusion.

“When you and I reach out to one, and they come to faith in Christ, it often changes an entire generation and generations to come,” John said.

Mark Ashton, pastor of Christ Community Church (CCC) in Omaha, offered three challenges to propel the Alliance family forward. First, the Jerusalem challenge: to “reach one more.”

Second, the Judea and Samaria challenge: to plant or co-plant a church before Alliance Council 2019.

“What is it that keeps me up at night?” Mark asked. “It’s the idea that there are a half million people in my own backyard who are headed to a Christ-less eternity.” This angst is why CCC has daughtered or granddaughtered 10 churches in the past 10 years.

Whether in rural or urban settings, “we need all kinds of people with all kinds of church plants,” Mark said.

Third, the ends of the earth challenge: to increase giving to the Great Commission Fund by 25 percent.

“Eternity hangs in the balance,” Mark said, fighting back tears. “I just can’t live with the idea of untold millions passing in the night without having heard the name of Jesus.”

He continued, “Oftentimes the gap between what we’re doing and what we’re dreaming about doing is just money. . . . We’ve got to be raising up Great Commission funds to make this happen.”

Mark ended his message by encouraging anyone with doubts about meeting any of the three challenges to come forward and pray for one another. “God can turn your ‘no way’ to a ‘let’s go!’”

The Day in Pictures

Seen and Heard

“It’s such a privilege to be able to go into these dark places where nobody has been, that nobody knows, and nobody cares about—people with no hope.” —CAMA worker serving in Laos

“When you marry hospitality and truth, it just works!” —Joel Bubna, pastor of Hope Community Church in Olmsted Falls, Ohio

“Nothing is more sustainable than the church. Nothing done in Jesus’ name is ultimately sustainable without the church.” —Tim Crouch, vice president for International Ministries

“Kids matter to God; they should matter to you.” —Melissa MacDonald, national Children’s Disciplemaking specialist

Extras

Following are additional items to remind you of today’s session.