Dan Wooding introduces the ASSIST News Service:
Connecting for Change -- Experiencing Chance Encounters
By Jerry Wiles, President Emeritus, Living Water International, Special to ASSIST News Service HOUSTON, TX (ANS – May 25, 2016) – What we might think of as chance encounters, may be better described as God’s redemptive connections. Years ago I came across a small booklet titled “There are no accidents with God.” Another author who has had a significant influence in my life is DeVern Fromke and his book, “Seeing God’s Purpose in Everything.” It makes a big difference in our lives when we can keep our focus on the Lord and not be too distracted by the circumstances of our lives. A story we sometimes use in Orality Training is from Matthew 14, when Jesus walked on water. The disciples were terrified and thought…
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…