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Carrickfergus Church’s Little Stars Program: Parent and Toddler Support Group for Special Needs Children

Ministry for children by children, Haven Ministries, Halle's Heroes, Unknown Nations

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Carrickfergus Church of the Nazarene in Northern Ireland hosts a parent and toddler group on Tuesdays designed for children with special needs, including physical disabilities, chronic illness, sensory impairments, learning disorders, and autism. Called Little Stars, the ministry is intended to provide a safe space for children and parents where they feel welcome by the church.

Haven Ministries President Charles Morris is passing the baton to David Wollen, a transition that began in January and will continue throughout 2024. Morris has been leading Haven’s broadcast ministry since September 1999. Haven Ministries has earned a Shining Light Award from MinistryWatch, with 5 stars, an “A” transparency grade, and a donor confidence score of 100.

Halle Porter / Photo courtesy of Backyard Orphans via AG News

In 2023, an 11-year-old girl felt led to provide clothes and shoes to children in foster care. Her initiative, Halle’s Heroes, raised $3,600 by setting out buckets at the end of each service at her local church for attenders to drop money into. Halle is daughter of Eric Porter, CEO of Backyard Orphans, a ministry that focuses on caring for children in the U.S. foster system.

Unknown Nations has partnered with other ministries to establish the Alliance for the Unreached, which is observing The International Day for the Unreached on May 19. The initiative, intended to spark awareness and action to provide unreached people groups with access to the Gospel, is kicking off with a special radio broadcast May 11, followed by a three-day webcast “Gateway to the Unreached.” Unknown Nations has 2 stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 82.

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Christina Darnell

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