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Top Stories of 2016

The top stories that caught the attention of PE News readers in 2016.
PE News serves as the Assemblies of God’s official news service. In the two years since its launch, well over a thousand articles have published on a wide range of topics. Find articles daily at PEnews.org or subscribe for our free weekly email digest here.
Here are the ten most popular stories of 2016:

10. Vibrant Youth Pastor was Prepared to Die
He was only 23 years old, but when Geno Roncone told God he would be ready to die, he meant it.

9. A Response to the Department of Justice Letter to Schools
General Superintendent George O. Wood responds to Department of Justice order to nation's schools.

8. West Virginia Awakening
Spiritual revival occurring in coal country, especially in schools.

7. Seven Years Old and Wanting to Die
She suffered unbelievable atrocities through the hands of her parents — was she damaged beyond God's reach?

6. Chewbacca Laughter Brings an Unexpected Platform
She just wanted to share her excitement with her Facebook friends — now she may very well be the most popular person on Facebook, ever!

5. Sunday Morning Miracle
84-year-old woman comes back to life during Southern California church service.

4. Response to the 2016 Election
As the 2016 Election results were released, George O. Wood called the Assemblies of God to pray for those elected in federal, state, and local positions.

3. What Azusa Had and We Need 
Five things the believers at Azusa Street had that are desperately needed in the Church today.

2. AG Minister Shot by Gunman Six Times, Miraculously Survives
Assemblies of God Northwest Ministry Network pastor, Tim Remington, was shot six times from behind following an appearance at a presidential rally for Senator Ted Cruz.

1. Religious Freedom Revoked in Russia  
New law prohibits freedom of religion in a way that is considered the most restrictive measure in post-Soviet history.

Mark Forrester

Mark Forrester is the senior director of Public Relations and Communications for the General Council of the Assemblies of God. He is a graduate of Lee University and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He is general editor of Trending Up: Social Media Strategies for Today's Church. Mark and his wife, Janine, have two children and live in Springfield, Missouri.