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5 Ways Faith-Based Organizations Help Meet People’s Needs in South Asia

WILLS POINT, TEXAS – Gospel for Asia (GFA) has been a leader in ministering to “the least of these”—the millions of people living in abject poverty in Asia—for nearly 40 years. Dr. K.P. Yohannan’s, GFA founder, ground-breaking book Revolution in World Missions accurately foretold the need for a dramatic change of methodology for what was then… Continue reading 5 Ways Faith-Based Organizations Help Meet People’s Needs in South Asia

Faith-based organizations help Haiti recover from Hurricane Matthew

Multiple faith-based humanitarian organizations are responding to the disaster in Haiti caused by Hurricane Matthew. Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has focused on long-term needs of the hurricane victims, helping 16,643 people and partnering with Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) to reach 10,000 people. NCA distributed hygiene kits with water purification tablets, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, toothpaste… Continue reading Faith-based organizations help Haiti recover from Hurricane Matthew

Ethiopia ACT – Faith in Action in Addis Ababa

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ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia ACT is a Christian organization dedicated to serving Jesus Christ in and around the capital city of one of the most dangerous countries in Africa. Ethiopia ranks 36th on the Open Doors 2021 World Watch List, up three spots from 2019, but that list is focused primarily on the persecution of… Continue reading Ethiopia ACT – Faith in Action in Addis Ababa

157 Organizations Honored as ‘2020’s Certified Best Christian Workplaces’

MERCER ISLAND, WA — Today, the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) honored 157 faith-based organizations as Certified Best Christian Workplaces for 2020. Says BCWI CEO and Co-founder Al Lopus, “Today, we honor extraordinary organizations whose leaders took a wise, courageous, and necessary step. Faced with the simultaneous challenges of managing remote workplaces, shrinking budgets and… Continue reading 157 Organizations Honored as ‘2020’s Certified Best Christian Workplaces’

Over 12 Million USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes Delivered to Families in the ‘Last Mile of Need’ by Faith-based Community

BAKERSFIELD, CA — Since the United States Department of Agriculture Farmers to Families Food Box Program launched in May 2020, the Faith-Based Community for Farmers to Families, facilitated by CityServe, has distributed over 12 million food boxes to families living in the “Last Mile of Need.” Currently comprised of over 1400 HUBs, the collaborative network… Continue reading Over 12 Million USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes Delivered to Families in the ‘Last Mile of Need’ by Faith-based Community

All-New Every Student Sent Platform Aims to Reverse the 70% College Faith Drop-off

AUSTIN, TX — US college ministries, youth ministries, Christian schools, and denominations have teamed together with Campus Renewal to mobilize college Gospel movements and reduce the 70% of Christian students who leave their faith in college. The first weeks when freshmen land on their new college campus are critical to solving this tremendous problem. This… Continue reading All-New Every Student Sent Platform Aims to Reverse the 70% College Faith Drop-off

Charitable Giving Study Offers ‘Reassurance and Warning’ to Faith-Based Nonprofits

RALEIGH, NC — A major new study reveals “an overwhelming majority” of donors don’t expect COVID-19 will curtail their charitable giving for the rest of the year. But experts warned nonprofit organizations not to be complacent in their fundraising efforts, saying there will be “winners and losers” in the quest for donations. The comprehensive, nationwide… Continue reading Charitable Giving Study Offers ‘Reassurance and Warning’ to Faith-Based Nonprofits

76 Organizations Honored as ‘Certified Best Christian Workplaces’

MERCER ISLAND, WA — Today, Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) honored 76 faith-based organizations as Certified Best Christian Workplaces for 2020. These organizations met the certification standard determined by exemplary ratings from their employees who completed BCWI’s groundbreaking Employee Engagement Survey between January and July 2020. All organizations evaluated their workplaces based on BCWI’s proprietary… Continue reading 76 Organizations Honored as ‘Certified Best Christian Workplaces’

Faith-based Groups ‘Must Evolve Messaging’ to Engage ‘COVID Generation’

'EVOLVE OR DIE': Faith-based organizations must evolve the way they communicate to engage the "COVID generation" -- or risk becoming irrelevant, says InChrist Communications (www.InChristCommunications.com). The communications agency is staging a free, love webinar and expert panel discussion -- COVID-19: Your Message for the Next Season -- July 22 at 2 p.m. EDT. Register at www.inchristcommunication.com/inchrist-communications-webinar-panel.

CHARLOTTE, NC — Faith-based organizations, such as churches and nonprofit ministries, must evolve the way they communicate to engage the “COVID generation” — or risk becoming irrelevant, a leading communications agency said today. Many of America’s Christian organizations — churches, mission agencies, schools, rescue missions and other ministries — are looking for effective ways to… Continue reading Faith-based Groups ‘Must Evolve Messaging’ to Engage ‘COVID Generation’

‘We’re Grateful’: Faith Groups Grateful for CARES Act Loans | The Oklahoman

The new Life.Church Norman auditorium is seen on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The CARES Act rescued houses of worship that were forced to close during the recent COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Many faith groups and religious affiliates across the state grasped a financial lifeline through forgivable loans from the federal government. Congress approved the money through the Coronavirus Aid and Economic Security Act (CARES… Continue reading ‘We’re Grateful’: Faith Groups Grateful for CARES Act Loans | The Oklahoman

Christian Organizations, Churches, Rush to Join COVID-19 Crisis Communications Support Group

Amid coronavirus outbreak, InChrist Communications sets up free ‘Crisis CONNECT Network,’ weekly webinars CHARLOTTE — Christian organizations, churches, and other faith-based nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are rushing to join a “crisis communications support group” set up to help them navigate the coronavirus storm. The online “Crisis CONNECT Network,” created by national integrated communications… Continue reading Christian Organizations, Churches, Rush to Join COVID-19 Crisis Communications Support Group

Equip International: Where Faith & Work Go Hand in Hand

MARION, NC – The specialty of Equip International is unique among faith-based missions organizations. Barrie and Tillie Flitcroft founded Equip in 1996 after serving on several mission fields. Despite distinct differences in the countries where they served, they, nonetheless, observed some common needs they felt led to address. The Equip International website explains that: “After… Continue reading Equip International: Where Faith & Work Go Hand in Hand

Record Number 189 Organizations Honored as ‘Certified Best Christian Workplaces’

MERCER ISLAND, WA — Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) honored 189 faith-based organizations as Certified Best Christian Workplaces for 2019. These organizations met the certification standard determined by exemplary ratings of their employees who completed BCWI’s groundbreaking Employee Engagement Survey between January and December 2019. All 189 organizations evaluated their workplaces based on BCWI’s proprietary… Continue reading Record Number 189 Organizations Honored as ‘Certified Best Christian Workplaces’

During Hanukkah, I Pray for People of All Faiths Who Are Oppressed – Yael Eckstein Opinion | Fox News

Yael Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews, shares her thoughts on Hanukkah and her hope and prayer for divine intervention, for the power of light to overcome the darkness of religious oppression wherever it exists. Hanukkah, which began Sunday night this year, commemorates a great Jewish victory over oppression by the… Continue reading During Hanukkah, I Pray for People of All Faiths Who Are Oppressed – Yael Eckstein Opinion | Fox News

Worshipping Safely: UN, Faith Communities Unite to Prevent Violence

NEW YORK — In an era in which places of worship have become, too often, targets for violence, United Nations officials and religious leaders gathered in New York City on to talk over plans for preventing attacks against people of faith.The event, titled “Uniting to Prevent Violence in Places of Worship,” was held at the… Continue reading Worshipping Safely: UN, Faith Communities Unite to Prevent Violence

New Manual for Faith-Sensitive Approach by FBOs Excludes Proselytizing

GENEVA – The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) have collaborated to publish a new manual of guidelines for a “faith-sensitive approach” by faith-based organizations (FBOs). The 88-page document outlines guidelines by the UN-affiliated Inter-Agency Standing Committee for acceptable approaches for FBOs offering humanitarian responses to people in need around the globe.… Continue reading New Manual for Faith-Sensitive Approach by FBOs Excludes Proselytizing

Ananias House Offers Peace of God to People in the Middle East

HOUSTON, TX – Ananias House is a ministry dedicated to serving the Lord and sharing the Gospel in the Middle East and in North Africa. They equip communities with the training and resources to enable the church to be the place for restoration, healing, and hope. Although it is not a vision or mission statement… Continue reading Ananias House Offers Peace of God to People in the Middle East

Kingdom Workers Doing Whatever It Takes

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WAUKESHA, WI – God’s kingdom workers are to follow Jesus’ pattern. All Christians must be willing to do whatever it takes to respond to the Father’s love and share the Gospel message with others. The nonprofit organization, Kingdom Workers, follows that pattern and is an example for the rest of us who claim Jesus as… Continue reading Kingdom Workers Doing Whatever It Takes

International Servants to Belize

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GRAPEVINE, TX – Paul Whisnant is celebrating his 50th birthday this year. 2021 is also the 30th anniversary of his arrival in Belize, where he has worked tirelessly to spread the Gospel. Whisnant took part in a short-term missions trip to Belize while he was a student at Bryan College. He was so burdened for… Continue reading International Servants to Belize

Frontier Ventures Strengthens Global Focus with Landmark Decision

STRATEGIC SHIFT: Frontier Ventures, a Christian missions organization based in Pasadena, Calif., for more than four decades, is selling its historic Hudson Taylor Hall headquarters -- former home of the U.S. Center for World Mission, founded by Ralph Winter. The decision accelerates the agency's transition to a multi-hub global ministry.

PASADENA, CA — Frontier Ventures, a missions organization based in Pasadena for more than four decades, is selling its historic Hudson Taylor Hall headquarters — accelerating its transition to a multi-hub global ministry. The missions agency will have several offices located in strategic locations around the world where its efforts focus on taking the gospel to… Continue reading Frontier Ventures Strengthens Global Focus with Landmark Decision

Lifting Up the Vulnerable in Sudan and South Sudan

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NEW YORK – Lift Up the Vulnerable (LUV) leads the only indigenously-directed anti-human trafficking network spanning Sudan and South Sudan. Overview of Sudan and South Sudan The residents of the two countries have suffered decades of instability, military conflict, food scarcity, and economic hardships. Nearly four million South Sudanese have been displaced as a result… Continue reading Lifting Up the Vulnerable in Sudan and South Sudan

Christian-Funded Charity Responds to Humanitarian Needs During Israel-Palestinian Conflict

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JERUSALEM — Due to continued rocket attacks across central and southern Israel, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), the largest Christian-funded provider of security and humanitarian aid in Israel, increased aid to affected citizens waiting out the conflict. “Last week, we immediately approved security measures like bomb shelters and protective vests to… Continue reading Christian-Funded Charity Responds to Humanitarian Needs During Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Where Is Clean Water Needed the Most?

It has been about a month since the UN-sponsored 2021 World Water Day (March 22). Let’s review what you learned about the global water crisis. Our review consists of one question. Where is clean water needed the most? How would you answer? In the middle of the desert? In remote, rural regions? In the slums… Continue reading Where Is Clean Water Needed the Most?

ICEJ: Our Ambassadors to Israel

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – It may come as a surprise to many Christians that we have an embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. Not the U.S. Embassy that was relocated to the capital of Israel in 2018. It’s the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, and it has been open for 40 years. The embassy was opened in… Continue reading ICEJ: Our Ambassadors to Israel

World Water Crisis: An Exposé from GFA World

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WILLS POINT, TX – GFA World is one of the world’s largest faith-based providers of clean water to the nations of South Asia. The workers at GFA witness the reality of the global clean water crisis every day. Just over two decades ago, a supporter of GFA urged the organization to initiate a well-drilling project. The… Continue reading World Water Crisis: An Exposé from GFA World

World Thrust – Catalyst for Global Missions

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The leaders at World Thrust International believe that no church is too small, nor is any church too big to be actively involved in world missions. Unfortunately, some churches think they are too small. Others think they are too big. This may be due to a philosophy of ministry adopted by some… Continue reading World Thrust – Catalyst for Global Missions

City on a Hill: A Place of Transformation

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MILWAUKEE, WI – City on a Hill is a faith-based organization located near the center of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which is, according to an article in Time Magazine published on September 17, 2015, the 5th poorest city in the United States. City on a Hill’s mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty and bring… Continue reading City on a Hill: A Place of Transformation

Reaching the Neglected of All Nations

KANSAS CITY, MO – My job is to raise awareness of Missions Box News readers to the many faith-based organizations that strive to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the world. During my preparation, I prayerfully peruse FBOs for something unique in each that sets them apart from others – something that distinguishes them.… Continue reading Reaching the Neglected of All Nations

GCU & CityServe Create Distribution System to Aid Arizona Families in Need

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PHOENIX, AZ – Grand Canyon University (GCU) and CityServe released a joint media advisory today announcing a new collaborative service to aid needy families in Arizona. A 35,000-square-foot warehouse on the university campus will be converted to become a distribution hub for food and essential household items for more than 100 points of distribution (PODS).… Continue reading GCU & CityServe Create Distribution System to Aid Arizona Families in Need

As Needs and Restrictions Shift in Los Angeles, the Dream Center Opens a Community Kitchen, a Food Pantry, and a New After-School Program

LOS ANGELES — As a part of their mission to #RestoreLA, Pastor Matthew Barnett and the Los Angeles Dream Center have been focused on efforts that seek to sustain the community as Los Angeles get back on its feet. One of the ways they have sought to do this was by assisting individuals and families… Continue reading As Needs and Restrictions Shift in Los Angeles, the Dream Center Opens a Community Kitchen, a Food Pantry, and a New After-School Program

Mission Nannys

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LA JOLLA, CA – See the missionaries. They are the Stoddard family. They serve the Lord in Japan. See Mrs. Stoddard. See Mrs. Stoddard smile. She is a happy mommy. See Mr. Stoddard. See Mr. Stoddard look bewildered. He is a happy daddy, but he’s wondering how he and Mrs. Stoddard are going to take… Continue reading Mission Nannys

International Needs Is Transforming Communities

HUDSONVILLE, MI – The website of International Needs poses some interesting questions. What would happen if you had no access to safe drinking water? What if your children had no opportunity to attend school? We know that hundreds of millions of people around the world face these questions every day. But, the questions take on… Continue reading International Needs Is Transforming Communities

A Different Look at Missions from GFM

CLARKSTON, GA – Gospel Frontier Missions was founded in 2000 by one young couple with a burden to disciple people and plant churches in villages in Oaxaca, Mexico, where the people had never heard about Jesus. GFM has experienced supernatural growth over the past two decades. Its ministry now reaches around the world. But this… Continue reading A Different Look at Missions from GFM

You Won’t Believe How the Lord Has Led PAZ International

SANTARÉM, BRAZIL – The picture you are looking at is a village outside of the remote city of Santarém, deep within the Amazon rain forest. “How deep?” you ask. Santarém is a journey of roughly (in more ways than one) 1,550 miles from Brazilia, the capital city of Brazil. That’s about equal to the distance… Continue reading You Won’t Believe How the Lord Has Led PAZ International

“Hope for the World” … And How I Found It

SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL – The title of this article may be a bit misleading. It is not intended to be. It is, however, intended to be intriguing. As well as providing an introduction to the Florida-based FBO, Hope for the World, I want to share how the Lord directed me to it. My Search… Continue reading “Hope for the World” … And How I Found It

The Way of the Cross Leads to Jesus

HARLINGEN, TX – Way of the Cross Ministries’ home base is located in Harlingen, Texas, about five hours southeast of San Antonio and about six hours southwest of Houston. Harlingen is eight miles from the U.S. / Mexican border. It is in this lower end of the Rio Grande Valley where Way of the Cross… Continue reading The Way of the Cross Leads to Jesus

GFA World Expanding Ministry to Africa

WILLS POINT, TX – GFA World (Gospel for Asia) has spent more than 40 years sharing the love of Jesus and ministering to the needs of millions of people in more than a dozen countries in South Asia. The COVID-19 pandemic engendered extreme hardships for the people in those countries during 2020. Families already faced… Continue reading GFA World Expanding Ministry to Africa

‘You Are Welcome Here’: As Los Angeles Cracks down on Homeless Encampment in Echo Park, the LA Dream Center Reminds Those in Need They’re Here to Help

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LOS ANGELES — With the recent closure of the homeless encampment in the Echo Park neighborhood, Matthew Barnett and the Los Angeles Dream Center have a simple message for their neighbors: “You are welcome here.” This week the enforced closure of the Echo Park homeless encampment went into effect, and the police gave notice on… Continue reading ‘You Are Welcome Here’: As Los Angeles Cracks down on Homeless Encampment in Echo Park, the LA Dream Center Reminds Those in Need They’re Here to Help

Bada Bing Battambang – Crossing Cambodia

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BATTAMBANG – This is the story of Crossing Cambodia, an missionary work that began in an unusual way and that operates in an unusual way. You will want to read about it. An Unusual Beginning Founder Gregory Holz says, “I’ve lived in Cambodia since 2007 and started an NGO to reach out and support street… Continue reading Bada Bing Battambang – Crossing Cambodia

Island Encounters – More than a Beach in Fiji

NADI WESTERN DIVISION, FIJI – When you close your eyes and imagine an island encounter in the South Pacific, say in Fiji, what do you see in your mind’s eye? Let me guess. You see sun-splashed water, a quiet beach, and swaying palm trees. You can thank travel brochures for that. Let me ask you… Continue reading Island Encounters – More than a Beach in Fiji

VOICE Missions in Taiwan

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HINSDALE, IL – VOICE Missions is a Christian agency that opens doors for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ on the island nation of Taiwan. What do they do? VOICE Missions operates much differently than most Christian missionary organizations. Its name is an acronym for Visualizing Opportunities In Character and English VOICE missionaries serve… Continue reading VOICE Missions in Taiwan

CVM – Helping Hurting Animals in Christ’s Name

SEATTLE, WA – Warning: This may be the strangest article ever to appear on Missions Box News. If the title, “CVM – Helping Hurting Animals,” hasn’t aroused your curiosity, read on. “When animals are hurting, their owners are hurting also.” Relationship You know it’s true. An almost inexplicable bond develops in the relationship between an… Continue reading CVM – Helping Hurting Animals in Christ’s Name

Somewhere Under the Rainbow in Nicaragua

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Rainbows. They draw our attention to the glory of God and of His loving promise to never destroy sinful humanity with a worldwide flood as He did in Noah’s day. We can be thankful for that promise every day, but we are especially so when we gaze in awe and wonder at… Continue reading Somewhere Under the Rainbow in Nicaragua

As the Threat of Terrorist Arson Attacks Looms, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Secures Vulnerable Israeli Communities

JERUSALEM — Security officers in southern Israel must fight the fires set by terrorist rocket, missile, and incendiary balloon attacks. These attacks from Gaza have become a near-daily occurrence in the region, especially in the summer. To guard against this threat, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) recently distributed 75 personal firefighting… Continue reading As the Threat of Terrorist Arson Attacks Looms, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Secures Vulnerable Israeli Communities

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Doubles Assistance for Passover

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JERUSALEM — The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) will provide Passover assistance in the amount of approximately $6.2 million to Israeli families, children, elderly, new olim (immigrants), and soldiers, as well as $700,000 to help needy Jewish populations in the former Soviet Union (FSU). This more than doubles the amount of assistance… Continue reading The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Doubles Assistance for Passover

Open up Your Heart and Let the SONSHINE in

SUNRISE, FL – People respond with a bit of je ne sais quoi when they learn that SONSHINE GLOBAL PARTNERS is headquartered in Sunrise, Florida. If that doesn’t happen immediately, it almost certainly will when they discover that SONRISE is located on Sunset Strip in Sunrise. This story is not about how or why SONSHINE… Continue reading Open up Your Heart and Let the SONSHINE in

Ready…Set…MissionGO!

BUFFALO, NY – The MissionGO website leaves little doubt as to one aspect of their ministry in the African country of Sierra Leone. 1,489,343 People living in Sierra Leone don’t have access to clean water. 100% Need Living Water As you have already perceived, providing clean water is one aspect of the MissionGO ministry. You… Continue reading Ready…Set…MissionGO!

StoryRunners – How Shall They Hear?

ORLANDO, FL – StoryRunners is an incredible ministry of Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ). StoryRunners was founded specifically to accelerate the spread of the Good News of Jesus Christ to people who have no awareness of Scripture and who have no written language. The organization accomplishes this by creating oral stories that… Continue reading StoryRunners – How Shall They Hear?

The Los Angeles Dream Center Celebrates 5 Million Meals Served During COVID Relief, and Announces New Rooms Added to Their Transitional Housing Program

LOS ANGELES — The effects of the pandemic left millions in desperate need. Yet since March 2020, through the Los Angeles Dream Center’s quick-response COVID relief efforts and the support of the community, donors, corporations, volunteers, and small businesses, they were able to distribute 7 million pounds of food processed through their food bank. In… Continue reading The Los Angeles Dream Center Celebrates 5 Million Meals Served During COVID Relief, and Announces New Rooms Added to Their Transitional Housing Program

A Conversation Concerning Cuba

MIAMI, FL – Just mentioning the word “Cuba” arouses a myriad of images in the minds of Americans. Those images may depend on the listener’s age, heritage, or location. Castro – Guantanamo – Havana – Missile crisis – Cigars – Miami. Any or all of those many come to mind unless you are one of… Continue reading A Conversation Concerning Cuba