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Abara Frontiers leads two- to five-day immersive tours along the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, called Border Encounters, for those interested in the realities of migration and border issues. Tours include conversations with US Border Patrol, immigration legal services, and migrant hospitality houses, as well as a chance to serve at a temporary church shelter. The Christian ministry also connects and supports churches on both sides of the border. Abara is currently operating under the umbrella of Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach—the ministry from which it was birthed—as it gains its own independent designation as a 501(c)3.

Ramadan is Islam’s holy month, running from Apr 12 through May 12—a time of fasting, prayer, and reflection. Some ministries have taken the opportunity to offer prayer guides to lead Christians in focused prayer for Muslims around the world, including Frontiers and Open Doors

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has deployed to Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, following the shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by police during a traffic stop. The team of crisis-trained chaplains will provide spiritual and emotional support to local churches, pastors, and law enforcement as unrest continues. At least 100 people were arrested during the sixth night of protests Friday (Apr. 16) at the Brooklyn Center Police Department, according to reports by CNN

The Asheville Dream Center in Asheville, North Carolina, facilitates an Adopt-a-Block program to mobilize local churches and businesses to provide practical help to people, including lawn care, home repairs, and neighborhood events. In the year since starting the Dream Center, the Assemblies of God ministry has delivered more than 60,000 pounds of food, provided 18 washers and dryers for moms, and 19 beds, mostly for children, through its partnership with four local nonprofits and almost 30 churches. 

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Christina Darnell

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