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One Mission Ministries, Runner’s Refuge, Convoy of Hope, Church of the Nazarene

One Mission Ministries, headed by missionary Abraham Barberi in Matamoros, Mexico, has opened a Bible institute for church members in Mexico. The institute offers certificates in ministry, in teaching Sunday school, and in leadership. Part of the school has been converted into a shelter for asylum seekers stuck at the border where, as of April 14, One Mission was feeding and sheltering 106 men, women, and children. The ministry has also started construction on a partner Bible institute in Ecuador. 

Runner’s Refuge, a nonprofit in Dallas, Texas, headed by Assemblies of God missionary John Stout, served 16,000 meals a month from its four campuses in 2019 to homeless people and families in need. Runner’s Refuge provides “situational intervention” for people in crisis—whether that be food and clothing or advocating on their behalf before a judge or landlord. It offers long term support services largely through partnerships with other ministries, such as Adult & Teen Challenge, or through its residential discipleship/life skills program at Nehemiah’s House. 

Convoy of Hope has implemented its Agriculture program in 13 countries since its pilot in Haiti in 2011, training vulnerable farmers to develop self-sustaining programs and food security  in their communities. The program trained 15,351 participants in 2020, and 39,936 to-date since its inception. One program in a Nepalese village helped farmers following a devastating 2015 earthquake—now the small mountain town is brimming with tea plants, banana trees, lemon saplings, and tomatoes. Samaritan’s Purse has a similar program

Camias Church of the Nazarene has opened an educational resource center in the Philippines as part of its “battle cry to [transform] the community through education.” The center accommodates 15 students at a time with two desktop computers connected to the internet for online classes and research. Older high school and college students had committed their time to tutor younger students. The church is also planning a library and sleeping quarter for volunteers within the building. 

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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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