Gifts Bring Joy to Israeli Children

ISRAEL — Samaritan’s Purse airlifted and distributed 24,000 boxes of gifts over Christmas for Israeli boys and girls. Ken Isaacs – Vice President of Programs & Government Relations Samaritan’s Purse: And today I’m in Moshavim, Israel. We brought 24,000 gifts into the country and we’re distributing them primarily in two of these regional council areas.… Continue reading Gifts Bring Joy to Israeli Children

New Book ‘What Are You Going to Do?’ Shares Inspiring Story of the Founding of Compassion International

"What Are You Going to Do?" tells the inspiring story of Everett Swanson and the founding of Compassion International.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — This January, a new book entitled “What Are You Going to Do?” shares the inspiring true story of Everett Swanson and the humble beginnings of the global Christian ministry Compassion International. In the fall of 1952, Rev. Everett Swanson flew from Chicago to South Korea to minister to American troops fighting… Continue reading New Book ‘What Are You Going to Do?’ Shares Inspiring Story of the Founding of Compassion International

Still Packing Shoeboxes and Serving the Lord at 98

GREENSBORO, NC — Packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child is one of the many activities Lela Mae Cummings enjoys in her still-active lifestyle at “98 and a half years old.” Leila Mae Cummings: I’m Leila Mae Cummings , and I’ve lived in the Guilford College area all my life. And I’m at Friends Home Guilford,… Continue reading Still Packing Shoeboxes and Serving the Lord at 98

The Nation of Malawi is Experiencing the Fruit of Repentance

Rev. Brian Kamwendo, Presidential Advisor on Religions Affairs, Malawi Photo by reviveINDIANA

GOSHEN, IN — Reverend Brian Kamwendo, the Presidential Advisor on Religions Affairs in the African nation of Malawi, held a press conference at First Baptist Church Elkhart on Thursday, November 16, 2023. He was speaking on how Malawi is experiencing the fruit of repentance, the beginnings of which can be traced back to reviveINDIANA in… Continue reading The Nation of Malawi is Experiencing the Fruit of Repentance

West Africa Shines in Observance of World Orphans Day

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NASHVILLE — Each year World Orphans Day™ is observed around the world on the ‘Second Monday in November,’ which was November 13, this year. The Stars Foundation™, a Nashville, TN based nonprofit, initiated this back in 2009, as a day devoted to empowering the Orphans and Displaced Children of the World, while uniting world leaders… Continue reading West Africa Shines in Observance of World Orphans Day

Ivanna’s Story: Hope in Honduras

HONDURAS — Ivanna, a 12-year-old girl in Honduras, shares how receiving an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift gave her hope and introduced her to Christ’s love.

A Christian Club for Children in Poland

POLAND — An Operation Christmas Child volunteer in Poland started a Christian club for children who wanted to continue to meet for Bible study after they received shoebox gifts and graduated from The Greatest Journey. Wiestawa Szymczak – Volunteer: One day God laid it in my heart that if the children come to know Him… Continue reading A Christian Club for Children in Poland

Compassion International, Belmont Innovation Labs Pilot New Initiative to Support Visionary Entrepreneurs

(L-R) Cate McLeane, Belmont Innovation Labs; Mike Cookson, Compassion International; Maureen Kaderi, Rehema House; Josh Yates, Belmont Innovation Labs; and Jey Mbiro, Sauti Village

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Yesterday, during Belmont University’s annual Hope Summit event, child development organization Compassion International and Belmont Innovation Labs announced a new partnership to pilot Impact Teams, groups of expert volunteers and mentors who will come alongside social innovators dedicated to addressing the world’s most formidable challenges. Impact Teams are designed to work… Continue reading Compassion International, Belmont Innovation Labs Pilot New Initiative to Support Visionary Entrepreneurs

Elena’s Story: Offering Praise in Poland

POLAND — “The war started suddenly,” Elena, a fine arts teacher in Ukraine, said. “I prayed every day, ‘Lord, I trust in You. Give me strength, patience, and humility for this day.’” Soon, she and her daughter fled to Poland to escape the increasing violence. They arrived close to Easter and moved into a hotel… Continue reading Elena’s Story: Offering Praise in Poland

Compassion International Launches New ‘Hope Starts Here’ Experience

“Hope Starts Here” is an immersive experience, transporting visitors to vulnerable communities around the world where Compassion works. Photo by Compassion International

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Compassion International, a leading child development organization, is excited to announce the launch of its new “Hope Starts Here“ experience. Buoyed by compelling personal stories, “Hope Starts Here” is an immersive experience, transporting visitors to vulnerable communities where Compassion works. This free, family-friendly event is designed to inspire compassion and action… Continue reading Compassion International Launches New ‘Hope Starts Here’ Experience

U.S. Mission Spotlights Crisis of Ukraine’s ‘50,000 Social Orphans’

SLAVIC GOSPEL ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS EFFORT TO AID UKRAINE'S '50,000 SOCIAL ORPHANS:' As many as 50,000 "social orphans" in Ukraine, children who've been abandoned or severely neglected by their parents, desperately need to know someone cares. Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org) is responding to the escalating crisis.

LOVES PARK, IL — The war in Ukraine has caused a dramatic surge in the number of “social orphans,” according to a U.S.-based organization responding to an escalating crisis of child abandonment. Ukrainian church leaders estimate there are as many as 50,000 “hidden” social orphans, children barely surviving under the radar who’ve been abandoned or… Continue reading U.S. Mission Spotlights Crisis of Ukraine’s ‘50,000 Social Orphans’

Child Migrant Meets Christ by Reading the Bible Given to Him at the Camp

MATAMOROS, MEXICO — Thousands of migrants continue to arrive at the United States border seeking asylum. In an improvised migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, a gifted Bible changes the life of a Venezuelan child. Joseph Rendón: I learned that if one has confidence in God, everything is possible. The faith in Christ Jesus reaches the… Continue reading Child Migrant Meets Christ by Reading the Bible Given to Him at the Camp

Ukraine: ‘Kids of War’ Grapple with Trauma, Life-Changing Injuries

UKRAINE: 'KIDS OF WAR' FACE LIFE-CHANGING INJURIES: Ten-year-old Maryna kneels beside her bed and prays for the war in Ukraine to end. "Like thousands of children across Ukraine, Maryna is suffering the long-term effects of modern warfare," says Michael Johnson, president of Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org).

LOVES PARK, IL — Ten-year-old Maryna kneels beside her bed and prays for the war in Ukraine to end. For Maryna, the horrors of war have already left lifelong scars. Surgeons had to amputate her crushed leg after a shell exploded next to her home. Now she wears a prosthetic. Any loud noise brings her… Continue reading Ukraine: ‘Kids of War’ Grapple with Trauma, Life-Changing Injuries

Sowing Gospel Seeds in Colombia

CÚCUTA, COLOMBIA — Samaritan’s Purse is in Colombia helping Venezuelan migrants living in areas where there are limited resources. In these neighborhoods, they are teaching children how to read and write, and sowing seeds of the Gospel into their hearts. Tom Ovington – Samaritan’s Purse: Venezuela started to have extreme economic issues. And a lot… Continue reading Sowing Gospel Seeds in Colombia

Feed My Starving Children Celebrates 4 Billionth Meal, a Milestone in Global Hunger Relief Efforts

FMSC partners distribute MannaPack meals to families in hunger hotspots around the world.

COON RAPIDS, MN — Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a nonprofit organization committed to eradicating extreme hunger, celebrates the production of its 4 billionth meal. The milestone meal was packed on June 28 at a mobile packing event at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, Minnesota. Since its founding in 1987, FMSC has been driven… Continue reading Feed My Starving Children Celebrates 4 Billionth Meal, a Milestone in Global Hunger Relief Efforts

Restoring Childhoods in Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN —A special needs school in Kabul in Afghanistan is using play, sports and arts to help heal traumatized kids who have lost their childhoods. The project is supported by Christian charity CRY. A school project supported by Christian charity Cry is restoring the lost childhoods of special needs kids in Kabul in Afghanistan. Cry’s… Continue reading Restoring Childhoods in Afghanistan

Destiny Grace Academy Empowers Sierra Leone’s Next Generation

SIERRA LEONE — As Sierra Leone faces extreme poverty and high rates of illiteracy, Christian school Destiny Grace Academy is teaching hundreds of children, who’ve been rescued from the slums of the capital city of Freetown, to be the country’s next generation of leaders. A Christian-run school in war-torn Sierra Leone has provided life-changing education… Continue reading Destiny Grace Academy Empowers Sierra Leone’s Next Generation

Good News and Great Joy for Namibia

NAMIBIA — As God works through Operation Christmas Child to reach the remote Himba tribe in Namibia, southwest Africa, they are hearing, believing, embracing, and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pastor Rizera Hipakua – Volunteer: Jesus Christ is my Savior. He’s my personal Savior. I really love Jesus. I want to follow Jesus… Continue reading Good News and Great Joy for Namibia

Ukraine: Desperate Times Lead to Surge in Summer Bible Camps

LOVES PARK, IL — The Ukraine war and growing desperation in hard times are driving a surge in the number of children expected to flock to Bible camps this summer across the former Soviet Union, a region once steeped in atheism. Amid fears the Ukraine conflict could escalate at any moment, Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association… Continue reading Ukraine: Desperate Times Lead to Surge in Summer Bible Camps

Faith Communities Unite in Prayer for Abused Children

HARLINGEN, TX — Blue Sunday Child Abuse Prevention Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, is calling on communities across the country to recognize the annual Blue Sunday Day of Prayer for Abused Children on April 30th. Since 1994, Blue Sunday has been raising awareness about the devastating effects of child… Continue reading Faith Communities Unite in Prayer for Abused Children

Evacuating Children from East Ukraine

UKRAINE — Throughout the war in Ukraine, Great Commission Media Ministries has coordinated the evacuating of many children and families from some of the worst-hit parts of the East of the country. Here’s just one story of how Hannu Haukka and his team rescued Andrei’s family and many others from near Mariupol and brought them… Continue reading Evacuating Children from East Ukraine

Nashville Predators and Country Superstars Partner with Compassion International

NASHVILLE — No child, no matter where they live, should have to face hunger and malnutrition. Unfortunately this is the tragic reality for millions of children around the world. In just two years, food insecurity has doubled to affect 276 million people. In 2021, 22% of children under age five experienced stunted development from malnutrition… Continue reading Nashville Predators and Country Superstars Partner with Compassion International

Russia, Ukraine Orphans ‘At Risk of Organized Crime Recruitment’

LOVES PARK, IL — Thousands of abandoned and unwanted orphans in orphanages across Russia, Ukraine and the former Soviet countries are highly vulnerable to recruitment by organized crime groups, a U.S. mission agency says. “When children turn 18 they age out of the orphanages and have to fend for themselves,” said Michael Johnson, president of… Continue reading Russia, Ukraine Orphans ‘At Risk of Organized Crime Recruitment’

‘Love Bomb’ Weekend Raises Over $200,000 for Ukraine and Uganda Children in Need

ALBUQUERQUE — Calvary Church’s Reload Love ministry raised over $208,000 during its annual “Love Bomb” weekend (Feb. 11 and 12), with proceeds benefitting the ministry’s 2023 highlighted project: children caught in the crossfire of the yearlong conflict in Ukraine and decade-long civil war in South Sudan. Hundreds of people joined Calvary Church at their flagship… Continue reading ‘Love Bomb’ Weekend Raises Over $200,000 for Ukraine and Uganda Children in Need

Ukraine War Accelerates Orphan Crisis

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LOVES PARK, IL — The war in Ukraine is accelerating an orphan crisis in the embattled nation and neighboring Russia, a U.S. mission agency says. Children are being swept up in the turmoil in Ukraine and taken to overcrowded orphanages miles away across borders, often separated from family members desperately searching for them, says Illinois-based… Continue reading Ukraine War Accelerates Orphan Crisis

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

Franklin Graham Thanks God for How Operation Christmas Child Has Grown

CHARLOTTE, NC — Celebrating the 200 millionth shoebox gift collected since 1993, Franklin Graham encouraged staff and volunteers at the Charlotte Processing Center this Christmas. These shoeboxes represent opportunities to tell boys and girls about the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Greatest Gift. Franklin Graham – Samaritan’s Purse CEO and President: 29 years ago right here… Continue reading Franklin Graham Thanks God for How Operation Christmas Child Has Grown

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

Great Joy in Ohio Through Operation Christmas Child

WADSWORTH, OHIO — Kristel and Matt Stone praise God for the thousands of Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts they have been able to pack at their Ohio farm over the years with help from family and friends. They are grateful that, through these gifts, boys and girls in need around the world are hearing the… Continue reading Great Joy in Ohio Through Operation Christmas Child

Gospel for Asia: Child Sponsorship — Does it Lift the Young Out of Poverty?

WILLS POINT, TX – GFA World (Gospel for Asia) founded by K.P. Yohannan, which inspired numerous charities like GFA World Canada, to assist the poor and deprived worldwide, issued this Special Report on Child Sponsorship — Does it Lift the Young Out of Poverty? In existence for many years, child sponsorship has been adapted by… Continue reading Gospel for Asia: Child Sponsorship — Does it Lift the Young Out of Poverty?

U.S. Charity Aims to Bring Hope to 60,000 Children, Orphans in Ukraine, Russia This Christmas

LOVES PARK, IL — A U.S.-based Christian charity is ramping up its efforts to bring hope to more than 60,000 children and orphans across Ukraine, Russia and the former Soviet Union this Christmas – 10,000 more children than last year. The huge-scale, church-led Immanuel’s Child outreach supported by Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org) gives… Continue reading U.S. Charity Aims to Bring Hope to 60,000 Children, Orphans in Ukraine, Russia This Christmas

Children in Benin Hear the Gospel Through Simple Shoebox Gifts

BENIN, AFRICA — Nine-year-old Gladys flashed a big smile as she recounted the day she received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift. It all started with a friend’s invitation. “You have to go to my church,” her friend, Kemi, told her. “There are good things going on, and I want you to hear the Word… Continue reading Children in Benin Hear the Gospel Through Simple Shoebox Gifts

Ukraine War Kids, ‘Forgotten Children’ to Taste Joy at Summer Camps

UKRAINE WAR KIDS, 'FORGOTTEN CHILDREN' TO TASTE JOY AT SUMMER CAMPS: U.S.-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org) aims to help 50,000 boys and girls in the former Soviet Union have a life-changing summer camp experience this year, including children suffering because of the war in Ukraine. Last year, more than 3,300 children responded to the Gospel. People can support the church-run camps by donating on the SGA website.

LOVES PARK, IL — A U.S.-based mission to the former Soviet Union aims to help give 50,000 disadvantaged boys and girls a “life-changing” summer camp experience this year, including children suffering because of the war in Ukraine. Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org) partners with thousands of local churches across the vast region to provide… Continue reading Ukraine War Kids, ‘Forgotten Children’ to Taste Joy at Summer Camps

Young Victims Remain Hidden in Pandemic’s Shadow

WILLS POINT, TX – GFA World (Gospel for Asia) founded by K.P. Yohannan, whose heart to love and help the poor has inspired numerous charities like GFA World Canada, to serve the deprived and downcast worldwide, issued this Special Report update on girls facing decreased opportunity and increased violence, the young victims who remain hidden… Continue reading Young Victims Remain Hidden in Pandemic’s Shadow

Packed with Prayer and Hope for Kids in Ukraine

NORTH WILKSBORO, NC — Samaritan’s Purse is delivering backpacks filled with special gifts to displaced children in Ukraine. These backpacks are filled with carefully selected items such as winter caps, simple toys, sketchpads/notebooks, crayons, and small teddy bears stenciled with a message of God’s love written in Ukrainian. These supplies are accompanied by booklets translated… Continue reading Packed with Prayer and Hope for Kids in Ukraine

CEF Caring for Ukrainian Children in Ukraine and Neighboring Countries

WARRENTON, MO — CEF has 69 national workers in Ukraine who were ministering to children on a daily basis, reaching 133,000 children in 2021. Only 12 workers have fled the country thus far. Of the remaining, half are sheltering in place and the other half have moved to western Ukraine. One reported that in the… Continue reading CEF Caring for Ukrainian Children in Ukraine and Neighboring Countries

Operation Christmas Child Benefits More than 9 Million Children

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BOONE, NC — Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, has impacted the lives of 188 million children in more than 170 countries.[1] Samaritan’s Purse recently released a report highlighting the success of the program’s 2021 Christmas season, during which 9.1 million children in need received shoebox gifts—containing various gifts such as… Continue reading Operation Christmas Child Benefits More than 9 Million Children

American Efforts to Save Children in Konotop, Ukraine

MP counselor Sergey, who is also a foster family, lost his apartment while helping others find shelter from the bombs. Photo by MercyProjects.org

MURRIETA, CA — Today, Russian soldiers walked through crowded streets in Konotop, Ukraine, threatening to release hand grenades if the people of this city in northeast Ukraine did not submit to them. Mayor Artem Semenikhin, rallied the people in this town in Sumy Oblast, just 100 miles from the Russian border, and they resisted the… Continue reading American Efforts to Save Children in Konotop, Ukraine

ZOE International: A Mission to Share the Gospel and Help End Child Trafficking

SANTA CLARITA, CA — ZOE International celebrates 20 years of reaching those who have not yet heard about Jesus and rescuing children from the horrors of human trafficking. ZOE is named after the Greek word for LIFE in the Bible. Jesus said, “I came that they may have LIFE (ZOE) and have it abundantly.” ZOE… Continue reading ZOE International: A Mission to Share the Gospel and Help End Child Trafficking

Compassion International’s Fill the Stadium Initiative Announces $35 Million Goal Surpassed

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Members of Compassion International’s Fill the Stadium team are extremely grateful and honor those who have participated in this life-saving initiative as they share remarkable news: this week, the $35 million goal has been surpassed for the Fill the Stadium effort, which has provided critical food, medical care and support for… Continue reading Compassion International’s Fill the Stadium Initiative Announces $35 Million Goal Surpassed

From Cybersex to Child Sacrifice: GFA World Special Report

CYBERSEX TO CHILD SACRIFICE: The humanitarian crisis on America's southern border featured in a shocking new report that examines the horrors facing the world's children in 2022. "Children in Crisis: The World's Greatest 'Badge of Shame'" (www.gfa.org/press/KidsCrisis), just released by Texas-based mission agency GFA World (www.gfa.org), reveals child exploitation on a global scale.

WILLS POINT, TX – GFA World (Gospel for Asia) founded by K.P. Yohannan, whose heart to love and help the poor has inspired numerous charities like GFA World Canada, to serve the deprived and downcast worldwide, reveals on a shocking new report, from U.S. border to South Asia, 1.2 billion children in crisis face ‘horrors,’… Continue reading From Cybersex to Child Sacrifice: GFA World Special Report

How Do Children of the Persecuted Church Celebrate Christmas?

SYRIA — How do children of the persecuted church celebrate Christmas? Despite conflict and persecution, children around the world are determined to celebrate Christmas. What are you doing for Christmas this year? It’s a question many of us are asking around the world. For children living in countries where believers are persecuted, it’s a question… Continue reading How Do Children of the Persecuted Church Celebrate Christmas?

GFA World and Believers Eastern Church Help Bring the Joy of Christmas to Children

STONEY CREEK, ONTARIO – One of the core values of GFA World (Gospel for Asia) founded by K.P. Yohannan, which inspired numerous charities like GFA World Canada, is being a people who work together with the body of Christ. In the week of November 15-22, 2021, GFA World was able to demonstrate this value by… Continue reading GFA World and Believers Eastern Church Help Bring the Joy of Christmas to Children

Compassion Transforms Lives of Children in Peru

PERU – In the midst of the health crisis surrounding the pandemic Christian charity Compassion is providing practical and support to more than 86,000 children in Peru through their sponsorship program. One sponsor went the extra mile to help to radically turn around a very challenging housing situation for Joshmael and his family. Elia Sipan… Continue reading Compassion Transforms Lives of Children in Peru

Giving Hope this Christmas to Iraqi Girl Who Lost Her Father

IRAQ – This Christmas, there will be an empty chair at the table for Rafif’s family in Iraq. Everything Rafif knows about her dad she has heard from her mum, and other people who knew him. Because when Raddif ran towards that bus filled with Christian students, warning them of the planned bombing, he saved… Continue reading Giving Hope this Christmas to Iraqi Girl Who Lost Her Father

New Faith-Based Outreach Eyes Migrants, Others in Texas Bible Belt

MINISTRY LAUNCHES NEW GOSPEL OUTREACH -- IN AMERICA'S BIBLE BELT: Global Christian organization Bible League International (BLI, www.bibleleague.org) is embarking on a new gospel outreach -- this time, in the heart of America's own Bible belt. Thousands in Dallas-Fort Worth -- a hub for migrants -- are crying out for a message of hope in the midst of the pandemic, financial stress, and turmoil, the organization says.

CRETE, IL — A ministry that shares the Bible with people in far-flung corners of the world is embarking on a new faith outreach — this time, in the heart of America’s own Bible belt. As desperate migrants from Central America and other countries flood into Texas, Bible League International (BLI, www.bibleleague.org) says thousands of… Continue reading New Faith-Based Outreach Eyes Migrants, Others in Texas Bible Belt

Who Is This Man Called Mully?

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NAIROBI, KENYA – The title question is not one that needs to be asked in Kenya. Everyone there knows who Mully is. I had never heard about Mully until I watched the Mully Movie last evening. I immediately knew that I had to introduce our readers to Mr. Charles Mully. He is a man whose… Continue reading Who Is This Man Called Mully?

All Things Possible – Marine Turned Missionary

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – “There are times that bad stuff is going to happen, no matter how much you try and prevent it. It’s what you do afterward that makes a difference.” – excerpt from the opening of the documentary movie, “Triggered.” All Things Possible is a unique faith-based organization founded by Victor Marx. Marx… Continue reading All Things Possible – Marine Turned Missionary

Israel: Caring for Orphans and Widows

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – The premature death of a spouse threatens the stability of a family and leaves a gaping emotional hole for the surviving wife or husband. An Israeli organization is reaching out to families, widows, and orphans using the Bible as their guide. Chris Mitchell, CBN News: Once a week this home is filled… Continue reading Israel: Caring for Orphans and Widows

Christian Orphanage Invaded and Destroyed

MIANGO, NIGERIA – Sunni Muslim Fulani Herdsmen invaded the Christian orphanage in Miango, Nigeria and burned every building. The 147 children and staff evacuated a few hours before the August 2, 2021 attack. The children were made orphans in previous attacks by Sunni Muslim terrorists such as the Boko Haram. As Fulani herdsmen advance in… Continue reading Christian Orphanage Invaded and Destroyed

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