2019 Issue 1

THE CHURCH AS AN AGENT OF WELCOME: Encountering God through the practice of hospitality

  • From Brazil to Armenia, people are leaving their homes

  • Teenagers in Virginia find relationships through mentoring

  • Children living with HIV in Ukraine gain support in a kids’ club

Other Languages: Español, Português
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CLEAN WATER FOR ALL: How wells and sanitation are changing communities


  • In rural Mozambique, churches are creating community around clean water

  • A ministry in downtown Kansas City is providing safe spaces for women

  • Community is gathering around a large organic garden in Argentina

  • In Liberia, women are starting their own businesses and finding economic freedom


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INTO THE RED-LIGHT DISTRICT: Showing hope to women in exploitation

  • In a red-light district in India, women who are exploited are finding hope

  • One organization in Canada gives job training and dignity to those living on the streets

  • Families involved in foster care share their stories and their calling

  • In Germany, the work of a local church sheds light on God’s presence in brothels

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SEEKING REFUGE: Stories from refugees caught in crisis and how the church is serving

  • Refugees share their stories of fleeing and finding hope in a series of featured stories

  • Sponsored children share their favorite recipes so you can bring the world to your kitchen

  • Families in Odessa, Ukraine, make a new life after being displaced by violence

  • The church becomes family in a slum in the Philippines, where possibility replaces poverty

  • People grow a future in Kosova, where one church is alleviating hunger with greenhouses

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DISASTER RESPONSE: When tragedies strike, the local church is there before, during, and after

  • When a string of disasters rocked our world, churches mobilized to care for people in the aftermath

  • Why a young woman in Ghana started a justice club to make sure girls can stay in school

  • A former sponsored child shares how sponsorship changed the trajectory of her life

  • Savings groups are enabling people to turn their dreams into reality for the first time

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Ministry in the Margins: How Churches Are Living Out Compassion Among the Least of These

  • On Skid Row in Los Angeles, karaoke builds community among people facing addiction and homelessness

  • In an L.A. neighborhood known for gang violence, the Bresee Youth Center empowers students to become leaders

  • Volunteers in Swaziland care for people living with HIV/AIDS

  • A 20-something shares his experience working with children displaced by war

  • Children with special needs find love and acceptance

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Reflecting God’s Love: Clean Water Is Transforming Lives in Sierra Leone

  • Churches in Sierra Leone are giving the gift of safe water, which is the difference between life and death for many

  • In Kroo Bay, a slum in Sierra Leone’s capital, the church is helping prevent the deadly sting of rampant malaria

  • A mobile intervention clinic in Moldova is offering the possibility of new life for women caught in sex trafficking

  • In East Toledo, Ohio, a church is getting outdoors and building relationships in the community

  • Sheep and chickens are providing food and a future for families in rural Armenia

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BEYOND BELIEF: How a mentoring ministry in Nashville is empowering youth to believe in themselves

  • In an area of Nashville, Tennessee, known for violence and poverty, mentors aim to transform the lives through empowerment

  • After decades of separation, a pastor is reconnected with the couple who sponsored him

  • A church in Monrovia, California, is making sure everyone is welcome at the table by providing immigration resources

  • Villages in rural Sri Lanka finally able to have access to the clean water they’ve needed for years

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Compassionate Churches Are Changing Communities

  • Photo essay: Investing in the dreams of children in Mozambique

  • How people leaving prison and addiction are finding wholeness

  • What happened when a church said, “Come as you are."

  • Compassion in a community torn apart by war

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Relief to Recovery: The Church in Nepal Is There for the Long Haul

  • Images of the devastation after Nepal’s earthquake — and the church’s pursuit of hope

  • Turning dreams into reality for entrepreneurs

  • Holding onto hope in the face of HIV and AIDS

  • How child sponsorship is changing futures

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Faces of Hope: How Churches Are Picturing a Better Tomorrow for Children

  • Special photo issue

  • How the refugee crisis is affecting children—and what churches are doing in response

  • An alternative to despair in an Indianapolis neighborhood

  • Taking vulnerable children off the streets of Madagascar

  • Teaching childlike faith in the Philippines

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Freedom for the Captives: Efforts to End Human Trafficking

  • Open doors for survivors of trafficking in Romania

  • Abolition movement at Point Loma Nazarene University

  • Combating gender-based violence in Kenya

  • How Syria’s war affects its children

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Rooting out Hunger: How Churches Are Cultivating Change

  • Widows go from desperation to determination

  • Food, farming, and faith

  • Addressing Hunger in America

  • Sponsorship brings brothers back to God

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