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Nazarene General Hospital, The Connection Center, The Immigration Coalition, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team

Christina Darnell

Nazarene General Hospital in New Guinea has been forced to think creatively to meet the growing demands of patients suffering from COVID-19. Since the beginning of March, they have expanded their capacity from five beds reserved for COVID-19 patients to 30 by transforming an old laboratory and an old pediatric ward into “Respiratory Isolation Wards” equipped with oxygen concentrators provided by UNICEF and the World Health Organization.  

A year after starting construction on The Connection Center, members of Calvary Assembly of God in Demotte, Indiana, have launched the outreach center as a means to provide services and activities to community members with “a Christlike emphasis to the hurting.” Services include tutoring, medical clinic, counseling, and social services. Phase 2, projected for completion in summer 2022, will also include a cafe, commercial kitchen, gym, running track, and rehabilitation facility. 

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team released its 18th deployment for the year of crisis-trained chaplains Wednesday (April 28) to provide emotional and spiritual support to law enforcement officers and community members of Boone, North Carolina, after two officers were shot and killed in the line of duty last week. Both Watauga County Sheriff’s Deputies were completing a welfare check when they were shot. The suspect also allegedly killed two civilians inside his home and died himself from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

The Immigration Coalition in April raised enough funds to dig and equip a well of safe drinking water in El Salvador. They began plumbing last week, and the well will provide for 12 communities of 780 families—about 3,900 people total. The Christian nonprofit also funded the delivery of drinking water, backpacks, sleeping bags, and toiletries for hundreds of asylum seekers living in a makeshift plaza in Reynosa, Mexico. 

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Christina Darnell
Christina Darnell

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

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