Moises’ Story: The Love of a Family in El Salvador

EL SALVADOR — Moises Groezinger shares how his life was transformed when he received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift as an orphan in El Salvador. Moises Groezinger: My name is Moises Groezinger. I’m from El Salvador. I’m a volunteer firefighter. I don’t know much about my country because I was raised in an orphanage.… Continue reading Moises’ Story: The Love of a Family in El Salvador

Ahead of World Hunger Day, Compassion International Updates Its Ongoing Response to The Global Food Crisis

Johaner and his sister with a food kit provided by Compassion International's local church partner.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Since 2019, food crisis around the world has steadily increased–and is expected to continue growing in 2024. The far-reaching impact of hunger on child development makes it an area of focus for Compassion International, which is responding to immediate and long-term needs for some of the world’s hungriest children. Between July… Continue reading Ahead of World Hunger Day, Compassion International Updates Its Ongoing Response to The Global Food Crisis

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month — What Will Your Church Do?

HARLINGEN, TX — There are nearly 2 million confirmed new victims of child abuse reported annually and over 100K children are awaiting adoption. Children aging out of foster care have extremely poor outcomes. Most end up on the street, in jail or dead within the first year. Churches are the perfect partners in the fight… Continue reading April is Child Abuse Prevention Month — What Will Your Church Do?

Shoebox Gifts Remind Mexico’s Children that God Is Near

MEXICO — A mother, daughter, and children in Acapulco, Mexico, praise God for the hope and joy they received through an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift after their home was destroyed in a hurricane. Esmeralda: It was 10 pm. A hurricane was announced. A hurricane became more powerful. It became a category 5 hurricane. I… Continue reading Shoebox Gifts Remind Mexico’s Children that God Is Near

Compassion International Selects Water Mission as Partner in New Global WASH Alliance Designed to Bring Holistic Care to Children and Families Experiencing Poverty

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC — Water Mission is partnering with Compassion International on a global safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) alliance through a pilot project initiating in Chimwenje, Malawi. The alliance will strive to bring holistic care to children and families experiencing poverty through safe water access. The newly piloted program will reach Chimwenje’s more… Continue reading Compassion International Selects Water Mission as Partner in New Global WASH Alliance Designed to Bring Holistic Care to Children and Families Experiencing Poverty

1 Million Meals, 5,000 Volunteers, 3 Days

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PLYMOUTH, MI — In the face of staggering statistics revealing the devastating impact of preventable causes on millions of children worldwide, NorthRidge Church is joining forces with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) to launch an ambitious initiative—packing 1 Million Meals over three days. Every year, children succumb to preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria,… Continue reading 1 Million Meals, 5,000 Volunteers, 3 Days

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

Out of War: Girl Becomes TV Inspiration in Troubled Middle East

INSPIRING GIRLS ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST: SAT-7 KIDS (www.sat7usa.org) presenter 21-year-old Christina Issa draws on her own childhood war experiences in Syria to bring hope to others on Int'l Day of the Girl, Oct. 11.

EASTON, MD — As a young girl, Christina Issa found a way to block out the horror of war raging in her homeland of Syria — by watching a faith-based television channel for kids, broadcast in her native Arabic. She never dreamed that a few years later she’d be a presenter on the same channel,… Continue reading Out of War: Girl Becomes TV Inspiration in Troubled Middle East

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’

Jessica’s Story: From Doubt to Faith

MINYA, EGYPT — Jessica gave her life to Christ after receiving an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift and attending The Greatest Journey course in her Egyptian village. When COVID shut down the churches, Jessica started her own discipleship group and led her friends to the Lord. Jessica – Shoebox Recipient: My name is Jessica and… Continue reading Jessica’s Story: From Doubt to Faith

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

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

Healed Hearts Together in Bolivia

BOLIVIA — A young Bolivian mother and her daughter suffered from the same fatal heart condition. With only years to live, they received lifesaving surgery through the Children’s Heart Project run by Samaritan’s Purse.   Fatima Ramos Cardozo – Children’s Heart Project Recipient: It is very difficult to learn your child is very sick. Especially… Continue reading Healed Hearts Together in Bolivia

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

SAT-7 Spotlights Top 5 ‘Evolving Crises’ in Middle East in 2023

EASTON, MD — A U.S. organization focused on the Middle East and North Africa is casting the spotlight on what it calls the region’s top 5 “evolving crises” at the start of 2023. With the world’s gaze fixed on Ukraine-Russia and muscle-flexing in China, “seismic events unfolding in the Middle East are simply off the… Continue reading SAT-7 Spotlights Top 5 ‘Evolving Crises’ in Middle East in 2023

Children Discipling Children in Suriname

SURINAME — Charahja began teaching the discipleship course The Greatest Journey to other children in her native Suriname on the northeastern coast of South America. When she was just 14 years old. Working with her mother, the two are passionate about seeing children reached with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Charahja Van Broekhoven –… Continue reading Children Discipling Children in Suriname

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

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

SAT-7 Sees Young Lives Transformed in the Middle East

NASHVILLE, TN — Since SAT-7 launched the first ever Arabic on demand Christian video platform, they’ve seen countless young lives transformed in some of the most restricted parts of the Middle East including Afghanistan and Iran. Their Arabic Channels Digital Director Shady Francis brings this update. A Christian broadcast ministry, SAT 7, is having an… Continue reading SAT-7 Sees Young Lives Transformed in the Middle East

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

‘Room to Read’ Reports Increased Reach Despite Pandemic’s Challenges

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SAN FRANCISCO — Global non-profit organization Room to Read recently released their 2021 Girls’ Education Program Report, showing impressive results even amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of Room to Read’s efforts to support girls in their development of key life skills, the Girls’ Education Program focuses on keeping secondary-school-aged girls in… Continue reading ‘Room to Read’ Reports Increased Reach Despite Pandemic’s Challenges

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

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