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Shoebox Gifts Impact Mongolian Family

BAYANKHONGOR, MONGOLIA — Baljinnyam praises God for the Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift he received when he was 13 in Mongolia. Through that gift, he gave his life to Christ. Now, Baljinnyam is an adult and saw his young daughter receive her own shoebox and learn more about Jesus. Baljinnyam: My name is Baljinnyam. I… Continue reading Shoebox Gifts Impact Mongolian Family

Being Family for Valentina This Christmas

COLOMBIA — Valentina (15) in Colombia is one of many Christian children who face persecution for their faith. It isn’t safe for her to live at home, because of guerrilla gangs and indigenous groups. Thanks to Christian charity Open Doors in, she’s able to receive shelter and a Christian education at their Colombia Children’s Centre… Continue reading Being Family for Valentina This Christmas

‘Don’t Miss the Very Real Needs of the Average Family Right Now,’ says LA Dream Center Co-founder Ahead of ‘Giving Tuesday’

LOS ANGELES — Ahead of “Giving Tuesday,” The Los Angeles Dream Center is kicking off its “Make 30 Matter” campaign, hoping to help the citizens of Los Angeles overcome steep financial hurdles heading into 2023. With inflation currently at 7.7%, 14.2% of LA County residents living below the poverty line, homelessness up 4.1% in the… Continue reading ‘Don’t Miss the Very Real Needs of the Average Family Right Now,’ says LA Dream Center Co-founder Ahead of ‘Giving Tuesday’

Open Doors Enables Mimi’s Family to Stay in Iraq

IRAQ — Mimi (12) was very young when she fled her home in Bartella with her grandparents after so-called Islamic State invaded the Nineveh Plains. Until recently, Mimi’s parents were considering leaving Iraq – until they received a microloan to set up a farm through Open Doors partners. Mimi: “I love Iraq, because it is… Continue reading Open Doors Enables Mimi’s Family to Stay in Iraq

From Exhaustion to Rest at Joni and Friends Family Retreat

JACKSON, MS — Reyna is a mother to four children in Jackson, Mississippi. Her oldest kids, Belen (19) and Leonardo (16), have disabilities that require the use of wheelchairs and around-the-clock care. Even with the help of her 10-year-old son, Yahir, to feed and change his siblings, Reyna lives in a state of mental and… Continue reading From Exhaustion to Rest at Joni and Friends Family Retreat

Doctor and Family Follow Christ’s Call to Serve in Kenya

BOMET, KENYA — Pediatric surgeon Dr John Fitzwater, travelling alongside his wife and children, serves as a short-term volunteer at Tenwek Hospital through World Medical Mission. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals support and strengthen the work of Samaritan’s Purse partner hospitals around the world. Russ White, MD – Chief of Surgery, Tenwek Hospital: Just last… Continue reading Doctor and Family Follow Christ’s Call to Serve in Kenya

Iraqi Christian Mother Separated from Family

QARAQOSH, IRAQ — When Islamic State captured the Christian-majority city of Qaraqosh, Iraq, Sana and her family were trapped in their home for almost three weeks. When they were discovered, Sana and her daughter were separated from Sana’s husband and two sons. Sana never saw them again. But Sana has not given up on God.… Continue reading Iraqi Christian Mother Separated from Family

Operation Mobilisation Helps Viktoria’s Family Find Refuge in Poland

POLAND — Viktoria, a Ukrainian mother of two, shares her story of seeking refuge from war. It’s one that echoes so many others now fleeing the country who are receiving practical and spiritual support from OM and their church partners and volunteers. “My name is Viktoria and I am from Ukraine, from the Rivne region.… Continue reading Operation Mobilisation Helps Viktoria’s Family Find Refuge in Poland

UK Sponsor Drives 24 Hours to Meet Ukrainian Refugee Family

UKRAINE — Ken Gratton a Mercy Projects volunteer from the UK has been driving through some of the most dangerous parts of Ukraine to transport aid and get refugee mothers, children, and family to safety. But he was determined to meet one particular family who he has been sponsoring through the Christian charity Mercy Projects.… Continue reading UK Sponsor Drives 24 Hours to Meet Ukrainian Refugee Family

Mercy Projects Founder Rescues Family from Ukraine Conflict

KYIV, UKRAINE — For more than 25 years Christian charity Mercy Projects has been providing vital sponsorship to families across Ukraine. However when Russian forces invaded the country the ministry’s Ukrainian team members were forced to take shelter with their families. However the charity’s founder Jeff Thompson travelled from his home in California, USA to… Continue reading Mercy Projects Founder Rescues Family from Ukraine Conflict

Family Retreat Brings Rest for Single Mother with Special Needs Son

NATCHEZ, MS — For many families living with disability, down time is seldom part of their daily routine. And for single parents like Jayna Stogner from Mississippi, breaks are almost non-existent. Family Retreat is the only time she is able to get away and relax, knowing that her son is being well taken care of.… Continue reading Family Retreat Brings Rest for Single Mother with Special Needs Son

Family Volunteers Following Colorado Wildfires

SUPERIOR, CO –Jacob Feenstra, his wife, and their three daughters share their experience of helping to sift through the ashes of a house that was destroyed in Colorado’s Marshall Wildfires. They were able to find personal belongings for a hurting homeowner, including items from her art studio. Jacob Feenstra: My name is Jacob Feenstra. I’m… Continue reading Family Volunteers Following Colorado Wildfires

Levi’s Family in El Salvador Receives Life-Changing Gift

EL SALVADOR — People living with disabilities worldwide have been hardest by the pandemic. Still suffering from isolation, inadequate healthcare, and job loss, they are desperate for the hope of Jesus. Joni & Friends provided the life-changing perfect gift of a wheelchair for young Levi in one of the toughest parts of San Salvador in… Continue reading Levi’s Family in El Salvador Receives Life-Changing Gift

Retreat Provides Inclusion and Acceptance for the Cooper Family

USA — More than 56 million Americans live with a disability. With so many families navigating the day-to-day challenges of disability, it is vital that they have a place where inclusion and acceptance aren’t a question. Joni & Friends Family Retreat program makes a way for families living with disabilities to have a time of… Continue reading Retreat Provides Inclusion and Acceptance for the Cooper Family

Encountering Jesus at Joni and Friends Family Retreat

SCAOTTS VALLEY, CA — Parenting a child with severe disabilities is a labor of love that few people understand. But Rob and Cheryl Trotter know the endurance 24/7 supervision requires. Their son Sam has multiple disabilities and the demands surrounding his care threatened to leave Rob and Cheryl depleted both physically and emotionally. Together they… Continue reading Encountering Jesus at Joni and Friends Family Retreat

Minnesota Family with Special Needs Children Finds Rest and Enrichment

WHITE BEAR LAKE, MINNESOTA — Hugh and Pat from White Bear Lake, in Minnesota have two daughters with Down syndrome, but they are exhausted. Having not slept through the night for a decade because of the demands of disability, this family was in desperate need of respite. Through the Joni and Friends Respite at Home… Continue reading Minnesota Family with Special Needs Children Finds Rest and Enrichment

Join CMM Global Missions Family Urgently Feeding Lockdown Members and Providing Wells in Many Nations — Two Urgent Needs

CHARLOTTE, NC — Christ’s Mandate for Missions, (www.cmm.world) formerly Correll Missionary Ministries, and CMM College of Theology (www.cmmtheology.org) are expanding globally as more people are hearing about their unique style of ‘team ministry’ empowering many to discover their God given identities we each have in Christ as we go higher and deeper in intimacy. During… Continue reading Join CMM Global Missions Family Urgently Feeding Lockdown Members and Providing Wells in Many Nations — Two Urgent Needs

Encountering Jesus at Joni and Friends Family Retreat

SCAOTTS VALLEY, CA — Parenting a child with severe disabilities is a labor of love that few people understand. But Rob and Cheryl Trotter know the endurance 24/7 supervision requires. Their son Sam has multiple disabilities and the demands surrounding his care threatened to leave Rob and Cheryl depleted both physically and emotionally. Together they… Continue reading Encountering Jesus at Joni and Friends Family Retreat

Alabama Family Thankful for Samaritan’s Purse Volunteers

TUSCALOOSA, AL — Samaritan’s Purse volunteers are hard at work across multiple locations in Alabama after powerful tornadoes and storms devastated a number of communities. We are clearing yard debris, cutting up fallen trees, and covering damaged roofs with heavy-duty tarp material. Among the homeowners they have helped is Michael Beck, who survived a twister… Continue reading Alabama Family Thankful for Samaritan’s Purse Volunteers

Khalid’s Story: Ethiopian Christian Excluded by Muslim Family

ETHIOPIA — Like so many believers in Ethiopia, when Khalid became a Christian he was excluded by his Muslim relatives. Forced to leave he was left with no food, shelter or source of income. But persecution charity Open Doors stepped in to help him establish his own business. Khalid: “Persecution is tough. You are separated… Continue reading Khalid’s Story: Ethiopian Christian Excluded by Muslim Family

Serving Special Needs Families Through Family Retreat at Home

NEW ENGLAND — Dan and Sandra Rivera were super excited when they heard about Family Retreat taking place in New England. Their sons DeMetrius (19), Nathan (11) and Isaac (6) matched their parents’ excitement. Both DeMetrius and Nathan have global developmental delays, making their day-to-day caregiving routines incredibly complicated – and making vacations impossible. Little… Continue reading Serving Special Needs Families Through Family Retreat at Home

The All Nations Family

KANSAS CITY, MO – It takes just one look at the All Nations Family Kansas City website to clearly understand what motivates this FBO. Their message is clear in three bold sentences. Making Disciples where Jesus is not known. One-third of the world hasn’t heard of Jesus. Does your heart hurt for peoples who have… Continue reading The All Nations Family

Royal Family KIDS to Leverage CarePortal to Help Kids and Families in Crisis Nationwide

SANTA ANA, CA — Royal Family KIDS (RFK) recently kicked off a new partnership with CarePortal, an online platform and growing national initiative that connects families in crisis with people who are eager to help. Starting in 10 states, thousands of volunteers will soon be able to more efficiently serve at-risk children and foster families… Continue reading Royal Family KIDS to Leverage CarePortal to Help Kids and Families in Crisis Nationwide

Beirut Family Gives Thanks to God

BEIRUT, LEBANON — A family in Beirut, whose home was badly damaged from the recent massive explosion that devastated Lebanon’s capital, praises God for the urgently needed supplies they received from Samaritan’s Purse, including a tarp and solar lights. Nazia We saw the smoke coming from the balcony. My children and I were afraid. When… Continue reading Beirut Family Gives Thanks to God

US Family Retreats at Home for Special Needs Families During COVID-19

USA — When COVID-19 hit, Joni and Friends developed creative new ways to serve families across America living with disabilities. Through Family Retreat at Home they’re providing spiritual refreshment as they focus on God’s love and connect with other families facing similar challenges. Tabitha Williams – Joni & Friends Bay Area Family Retreat at Home… Continue reading US Family Retreats at Home for Special Needs Families During COVID-19

Samaritan’s ‘Family Health Checkup’

PEORIA, IL — An upbeat daily one-minute radio program just added its 1,000th market to its broadcast network by reliably providing practical insights on nutrition, fitness, seasonal health, safety, kids’ health, and much more. “Family Health Checkup,” the daily 60-second feature produced by Samaritan Ministries International (Samaritan, www.samaritanministries.org), a leading health care sharing ministry, surpassed… Continue reading Samaritan’s ‘Family Health Checkup’

He’s Alive! Myanmar Pastor Presumed Dead Returns Home to Family

WILLS POINT, TX – A national pastor in Myanmar supported by Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) was forcibly removed at gunpoint from his home by five men on January 19, 2019. The men are believed to have been members of a rebel army that has been seeking control… Continue reading He’s Alive! Myanmar Pastor Presumed Dead Returns Home to Family

As Coronavirus Affects ‘One Human Family,’ WCC Emphasizes Accurate Information, Practicing Prevention

GENEVE — The World Council of Churches (WCC) is urging people to share accurate information, practice prevention, and pray for people suffering from the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak. The primary source for accurate information about coronavirus is the World Health Organization (WHO), which has the role of directing international health within the United Nations… Continue reading As Coronavirus Affects ‘One Human Family,’ WCC Emphasizes Accurate Information, Practicing Prevention

Good News Radio for the Whole Family – AMEC Romania

ROMANIA – Evangelization of young children is part of the vision of AMEC Romania. Given the rapid development of technology, the organization directed its attention to the online environment. As a result, in 2014 the Good News radio station was launched. Evangelization of young children is part of the vision of AMEC. Given the rapid… Continue reading Good News Radio for the Whole Family – AMEC Romania

The Pujols Family Foundation

ST LOUIS, MO – As I sit down to write, it is somewhat ironic that Spring Training for Major League Baseball is about to begin. This story is about how Jesus Christ transformed All-Star first-baseman Albert Pujols just before he started his major league career. For those unfamiliar with Pujols, his baseball stats put him… Continue reading The Pujols Family Foundation

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Meet the CRISTA Family of Ministries

SHORELINE, WA – The beginning of what is now the CRISTA Family of Ministries was clearly orchestrated by the hand of the Lord. When, in 1948, Mike Martin prayed to establish a youth home in an abandoned tuberculosis sanitorium, circumstances were not at all favorable. Nonetheless, the county eventually leased the property to Martin for… Continue reading Meet the CRISTA Family of Ministries

Bringing Hope to Family of Kidnapped Syrian Christian

ALEPPO – Jina was married to Rober in 2011. Their son, Abraham (known as Apo), was born in 2012. Rober was kidnapped in 2013 in Syria – targeted because he is a Christian. They don’t know if he’s alive. Jina and Apo live in Aleppo, Syria, where they are supported by Open Doors partner Pastor… Continue reading Bringing Hope to Family of Kidnapped Syrian Christian

SoCal Harvest Celebrates 8,677 Professions of Faith: ‘Welcome to the Family of God’

ANAHEIM, CA – SoCal Harvest is celebrating its 30th anniversary of holding crusades in Southern California the same way it did after its first crusade in 1990: with thousands of changed lives. The three-night outreach event drew 100,000 people to Angel Stadium, where they enjoyed performances by Grammy Award and Dove Award-winning artists, fireworks, celebrity… Continue reading SoCal Harvest Celebrates 8,677 Professions of Faith: ‘Welcome to the Family of God’

Family in Taiwan Faces Grave Danger in China

MIDLAND, TX — When Liao Qiang and his family of six arrived in Taiwan last week, it’s because it was their only option for keeping their children safe. The family, which is affiliated with Early Rain Covenant Church, has been under constant surveillance from the Chinese authorities ever since a December crackdown on the church… Continue reading Family in Taiwan Faces Grave Danger in China

Family-Friendly Video Service Fined $62.4 Million in Los Angeles Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Times describes VidAngel as “the latest in a long line of companies that have attempted to build a business by skipping and muting objectionable material for family viewing, only to provoke lawsuits from Hollywood.” On Monday, June 17, a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles ruled against VidAngel and… Continue reading Family-Friendly Video Service Fined $62.4 Million in Los Angeles Lawsuit

Family Research Council’s Travis Weber Speaks at the Taiwan International Religious Freedom Forum

WASHINGTON —Travis Weber, Vice President for Policy and Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council, spoke in Taiwan at the Taiwan International Religious Freedom Forum (TIRFF) on the importance of promoting religious freedom around the world, particularly in China. The conference is a joint effort of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan,… Continue reading Family Research Council’s Travis Weber Speaks at the Taiwan International Religious Freedom Forum

Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins Appointed to USCIRF

WASHINGTON, DC – Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council and anchor of the daily radio broadcast Washington Watch, has been appointed to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) upon the recommendation of Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The appointment was announced on Monday, May 14, 2018. Perkins earned a BS… Continue reading Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins Appointed to USCIRF

PragerU Campaign Spreads Awareness of Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation

LOS ANGELES — In honor of January being National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, PragerU has launched a “Protect Children’s Innocence” campaign to educate the public about the evils of exploitation and sexualization of children on a massive scale. Change starts with awareness. Child exploitation and trafficking are affecting millions of children all over… Continue reading PragerU Campaign Spreads Awareness of Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation

Elizabeth’s Story: Gospel Seeds Planted in Ukraine

UKRAINE — Elizabeth Groff praises God for the Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift she received while living in an orphanage in Ukraine. It softened her heart for the Gospel to take hold. Elizabeth Groff: When I was about one year old, my father was killed. After his passing my mom just really could not deal… Continue reading Elizabeth’s Story: Gospel Seeds Planted in Ukraine

Helping Families Living with Disability Find Their Place in Church

RIDGELAND, MS — Did you know that there is an unreached people group in your neighborhood? Only 5-10% of the world’s disabled population are effectively reached with the Gospel. That makes people with disabilities one of the largest unreached people groups in the world! For Joshua and his mother, a welcoming church in Ridgeland, Mississippi… Continue reading Helping Families Living with Disability Find Their Place in Church

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Launches ‘Equip2Impact’ Initiative for Pastors with Support of Lilly Foundation Grant

SACRAMENTO —The NHCLC has received a grant of $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to launch “Equip2Impact,” an NHCLC initiative training active and aspiring pastors in fundamental preaching skills that will engage their churches, so they make a cultural impact in their community with conviction and compassion. The initiative is being funded through Lilly Endowment’s… Continue reading National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Launches ‘Equip2Impact’ Initiative for Pastors with Support of Lilly Foundation Grant

Distributing Food and Offering Hope in Ukraine

UKRAINE — Samaritan’s Purse is distributing food with help from a multitude of church partners in Ukraine to hungry refugees who have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence in their region. “He who dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will… Continue reading Distributing Food and Offering Hope in Ukraine

Afghan Convert Shares Story of Fleeing Taliban

CENTRAL ASIA — Forty-year-old Abdulla*, his wife Nilufar* and their three children fled Afghanistan when the Taliban came to power in August 2021. Now living as a refugee in Central Asia, he shares his story about what life is like for Afghan people – and Christians – remaining in the country. *Name changed for security… Continue reading Afghan Convert Shares Story of Fleeing Taliban

GFA World Helps Light Up Stoney Creek

St. Cyprian BEC begins the Advent season by hosting a community event to help bring light to our neighbourhood this Christmas (https://www.bechurch.ca/).

STONEY CREEK, ONTARIO — Every year GFA World and their mission partner, St Cyprian BEC, work together to bring beauty and light to their neighbourhood. One of the ways we do this is by turning three large evergreens into Christmas trees! On November 27 we held a Christmas Tree Lighting. At this event, the Christmas… Continue reading GFA World Helps Light Up Stoney Creek

Gospel Opportunities in Fiji

FIJI — Meet Ravina Kumar, national discipleship coordinator for Operation Christmas Child in Fiji. She is one of 6,100 people globally who volunteer on National Leadership Teams to guide the efforts of Samaritan’s Purse in evangelism, discipleship, and multiplication within their respective countries. The ministry is advancing the Gospel in the Pacific through gift-filled shoeboxes… Continue reading Gospel Opportunities in Fiji

Calvary Church Provides Gifts to 2,500 Children in Need Through Christmas Toy Shop

ALBUQUERQUE — Calvary Church in New Mexico provided gifts to nearly 2,500 children through their Calvary Church Christmas Toy Shop, Monday, Dec. 19. The toy drive at Calvary Church has been an annual Christmas tradition since 2014. Like many Calvary Church community outreach efforts, the toy drive serves children who attend Title 1-funded schools in… Continue reading Calvary Church Provides Gifts to 2,500 Children in Need Through Christmas Toy Shop

Fantastic Faith Comics Announces The Light of God in Christmas, Now Available to Read Online for Free

EDISON, NJ — Fantastic Faith Comics today announced a new comic strip titled The Light of God in Christmas. The story explains, in an easy to understand “edutainment” comic strip format, what makes Christmas so special, and can be read here for free: https://fantasticfaith.substack.com/p/the-light-of-god-in-christmas. I hope this totally free and easily accessible Christmas special will… Continue reading Fantastic Faith Comics Announces The Light of God in Christmas, Now Available to Read Online for Free

Ian’s Perfect Gift: A Pediatric Wheelchair and Gospel Hope

EL SALVADOR — Four-year-old Ian from El Salvador was born prematurely. Lack of oxygen at birth caused a brain injury, leaving Ian with cerebral palsy. Living under the double weight of poverty and disability, Ian’s parents couldn’t afford a wheelchair for their son. Then, at a Joni and Friends Wheels for the World™ outreach in… Continue reading Ian’s Perfect Gift: A Pediatric Wheelchair and Gospel Hope

Media Ministry Supplies Vital Winter Heating in Ukraine

UKRAINE — Winter is coming to Ukraine. Russia has bombed Ukraine’s power grids and heating infrastructure. To survive this winter thousands of families, mothers and children need a heater. In response, Great Commission Media Ministries has been distributing hundreds of families with wood-burning stoves for heating and for cooking but they say thousands more are… Continue reading Media Ministry Supplies Vital Winter Heating in Ukraine

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