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Reconciliation Ministries, Keys for Kids Ministries, Wycliffe Associates, Samaritan’s Purse

Reconciliation Ministries, an addiction recovery and discipleship program in South Carolina, was recently able to purchase four new buildings in a local neighborhood for its residential participants. The ministry now owns seven buildings, each with multiple apartment units, with a goal to eventually purchase all 25 buildings—a total of 88 apartment units—to meet the growing demand of residents requesting access to its program. The ministry is also in the middle of hosting a mattress sale fundraiser to help pay for participants’ scholarships as well as teach them life skills. 

Keys for Kids Ministries, which offers free 24/7 Christian radio programming for kids, has nearly doubled its listeners since January 2020, most likely due to lockdowns and virtual schooling in response to COVID-19. The Christ-centered programming is geared specifically for ages four through 14 and includes music, radio dramas, devotionals, and other resources. Dramas range from classics like Adventures in Odyssey to Keys for Kids originals like Red Rock Mysteries and Down Gilead Lane.  

Wycliffe Associates is a global Bible translation nonprofit that has faced scrutiny by MinistryWatch for financial decisions and marketing claims.  It is now making a new claim.  Its troubles notwithstanding, Wycliffe Associates claims to have completed a record number of Bible translations in the past year. Wycliffe Associates says its teams completed the New Testament in 141 languages in 2020, and the Old Testament in eight languages. In response to COVID-19, Wycliffe Associates launched a virtual approach for Bible translators to collaborate remotely on the translation process. 

Samaritan’s Purse airlifted 1,800 cases of ready-to-use supplemental food Friday (Feb. 12) to children in Ethiopia at risk of acute malnutrition. The food is enough for 18,000 children for 30 days. The international nonprofit is also trucking in enough parcels of rice, wheat, beans, and oil to feed 1,000 families for 30 days. Months of internal conflict has led to malnourished children, hungry families, and millions of people without access to basic necessities, according to SP’s President Franklin Graham. “Please pray for these families—that we can reach the most vulnerable people with life-saving support, feed the hungry, and do it all in Jesus’ Name,” he said. 

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Christina Darnell

Christina Darnell is a freelance writer who has contributed to WORLD, The Charlotte Observer, and other publications.

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