The Assemblies of God has a long and well-documented history of compassion ministry through missionary efforts and programs as well as through partnerships with organizations such as Convoy of Hope.
However, the Assemblies of God has other ministries that don't receive as much exposure, but are also meetings vital needs - and the AG Benevolent Association (AGBA) and its new website have been created to help insure those ministries continue to flourish.
AGBA's focus is to help provide funding for four vital Assemblies of God programs, including: AG Family Services, which ministers to individuals and families through Hillcrest Children's Home and Highlands Maternity Home and Child Placement Services; Maranatha Retirement Village, which offers a level of medical care as well as a community to many retired ministers, missionaries and laypeople; and Aged Ministers Assistance, a program that supplements the income of pioneer ministers, whose life's work resulted in souls won, but little in the way of savings.
AGBA Director Robert Michels, who previously served as director of the AG Family Services Agency and then as the director of the AG Benevolence Department, has a passion for providing for those who are at risk.
"The AG Benevolent Association was created to help meet the growing needs in the programs that minister to young women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, children who are caught in abusive or unhealthy situations and our elderly, who are often on fixed incomes and face incredible hardships," Michels says. "To sit and speak with just one of the individuals helped through these programs - for even a few minutes - and a person would quickly understand why I am so passionate about supporting these ministries."
According to Michels, the new AGBA website includes information about the ministries it supports, stories about the ministries helped, descriptions of urgent needs in the ministries and different ways to support the ministries, including online donations.
The AGBA also offers the opportunity for individuals and organizations to become "Angel Investors" and give to one or more of the ministries' endowment funds - where ministries are blessed by the interest earned from financial gifts. Michels explains that through Angel Investor gifts, the money is safely invested and the principal is never touched, but as the fund grows, so does the amount of interest earned. "An Angel Gift is the one financial gift that never stops giving," Michels says.
"The AG Benevolent Association works to bring to light the opportunity these ministries offer as well as make sure the proper funding is available for these ministries," Michels says. "All of these ministries have already touched the lives of thousands - and thousands more need the services of these ministries."
For more information about the AG Benevolent Association and the ministries it supports, click here.