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2003 PE Report


Americans find comfort in ‘nesting,’ but connecting is another matter (December 22, 2002)

Viewer discretion advised: Reality-based programs stoop to new low (December 15, 2002)

A/G among fastest growing faith groups (December 8, 2002)

Christians play crucial role in foster care (November 24, 2002)

A/G churches remember with outreaches (November 17, 2002)

Elderly face added woes from credit card debt (November 10, 2002)

PE Kidz News from BGMC (October 27, 2002)

Cyber-evangelists find innovative ways to share gospel (October 20, 2002)

Risks, stigma accompany wearing of tattoos (October 13, 2002)

Women lead on-campus ministries (September 29, 2002)

Tobacco, alcohol, gambling industries find underage Internet client base (September 22, 2002)

Marijuana, cocaine have abusive company: Ecstasy, meth and prescription painkillers (September 15, 2002)

September 11: A day that changed American Christians forever (September 8, 2002)

Congress, courts clash over Internet filtering issue (August 25, 2002)

People with disabilities bless churches (August 18, 2002)

Short-term youth binges can result in long-term habit (August 11, 2002)

Christians aim to preserve traditional marriage (July 28, 2002)

Payback time: Christian volunteers motivated to give back to community (July 21, 2002)

Urban training centers minister
to ever-growing population
(July 14, 2002)

E-mail rumors dupe multitudes, hurt credibility (June 30, 2002)

Not so innocent: PG-13 films increasingly push sex, language limits (June 23, 2002)

Skipping church: Why are some Americans staying home on Sunday? (June 16, 2002)

Fudge fellowship: Pastor's wife treats tavern clientele (June 9, 2002)

Persevering nomadic church finally reaches promised land (May 26, 2002)

Tragedy brings A/G church, community closer to God (May 19, 2002)

Couples find God's calling in adopting, raising children (May 12, 2002)

A/G chaplain ministers to women in maximum-security prison (April 28, 2002)

Youth center offers alternative to teens (April 21, 2002)

A week without television (April 14, 2002)

Technological know-how aids San Jose church outreach (March 31, 2002)

Cincinnati racial reconciliation brings inner peace to inner city (March 24, 2002)

District's fund-raising efforts aid pastors planting churches (March 17, 2002)

GED program an effective ministry (March 10, 2002)

Building relationshipis at heart of women's ministries outreach (February 24, 2002)

Single-minded devotion: Unmarried ranks offer ministry opportunities (February 17, 2002)

Bethany College honors black minister pioneer (February 10, 2002)

A/G quarterback wins Unitas Award (January 27, 2002)

Camp Melody plants song of love in boys' hearts (January 20, 2002)

Pastor breaks giving record after 10 days atop billboard (January 13, 2002)


2001 News Digest stories


2000 News Digest stories

Tragedy brings A/G church, community closer to God

(May 19, 2002)

A year ago, First Assembly of God members in Burkburnett, Texas, were reeling from the shock that a church van accident had killed four members and injured eight others.

Survivors: The ladies of Prime Timers rejoice in God’s goodness.

However, the church is reaching new people as physical and emotional healing continues for the survivors in the North Central Texas community of 11,000.

Pastor Charles Reed, whose wife, Janice, 52, was among the injured, says an additional 30 attendees have come to the church of 120 adherents since the wreck. "We’ve had 32 decisions for Christ already this year," he adds. "We had a goal for 50, but are increasing that to 100."

Joe and Karren Wallace came to First A/G after watching how church members responded. "We felt drawn to being part of a church that did so well under adversity," Joe says.

Churches in the area responded with calls, cards, prayers and meals for the families involved. The A/G district office fielded information and prayer requests relating to the accident.

District Superintendent Derwood Dubose recently returned to the church for a memorial and honorary service of those who died and were injured May 8, 2001. "Among visitors were a state representative who presented a resolution honoring the ladies, Catholic nuns who visited them while they were in the hospital and leaders from other denominations," Dubose says. "I was impressed with how Pastor Reed conducted the service to bring some closure to this tragic event."

Nancy Ramsey, 75, was the oldest of the injured. She told of others positively affected by events following the accident. "An emergency medical technician who responded said none of us knew where we were, but we were all praying when he found us at the scene," Ramsey says. "I had 57 stitches that left a 14-inch scar on my scalp — I may not have survived if I hadn’t been in such great health."

When Ramsey realized most of her scalp was open, she prayed God would protect her from headaches. "I hadn’t had them in the past, and I don’t have any now," she says.

Ramsey says though she and several of the others aren’t as physically agile as before, no one has questioned God. "We accept that God allowed it, and that He will bring good from it."

All 12 women in the van — which blew a tire and rolled over on a highway during a shopping trip — were in the Prime Timers Sunday school class. Ramsey has resumed many of her teaching duties, and is back in charge of the church prayer chain. "I encourage young people to pray while they have the strength," she says. "Since the accident, I don’t have the stamina I used to."

Regardless of physical setbacks, Ramsey’s focus is on serving the Lord, knowing there is a purpose for her being alive. "I don’t want to miss the reason God spared me."

— John Cockroft

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