Ministries Making a Difference
LoveWorks, Hawaii fires, Launch Global, and a Gulf Coast rescue mission
In May, Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) sent a team of eight students and two staff members to Australia and New Zealand for three weeks as part of its short term missions program LoveWorks. Students were hosted by Nazarene churches, and led a youth gathering and served local communities with projects such as yard work. PLNU has two stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 72.
Several Christian humanitarian relief ministries are responding with help to victims of devastating fires in Hawaii. The wildfires swept through the island of Maui last week, killing dozens of people. Ministries responding include Samaritan’s Purse, Convoy of Hope, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response Chaplains, and World Vision, among others. Read more about Christian disaster relief ministries in our list of the Largest Christian Relief and Development Ministries, which includes financial efficiency and transparency ratings.
Since May 2022, Launch Global has seen 70 trained “goers” sent by its partner churches. Launch Global works with church leaders to train people to evangelize and disciple unreached people groups. The ministry has five stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 96, earning it a “Shining Light” badge.
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Waterfront Rescue Mission began in 1957 as a refuge for wayward sailors, and has since grown to include two homeless rescue missions in the Gulf Coast, a residential addiction recovery program, seven thrift store locations, an online store, and more. Waterfront Rescue Mission has four stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 100.
The Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) Board of Trustees elected Carson Castleman as its 8th president last week. He will replace Henry Spaulding II, who announced his retirement in February. Castleman will begin his tenure in October 2023. MVNU has four stars and a “C” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 67.
Main photo: Eight students and two staff members from PLNU traveled to Australia and New Zealand as part of the school’s LoveWorks program / Photo courtesy of Church of the Nazarene