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ChinaAid, World Vision, Jesus Film Project, BGEA, Mercy Chefs

Gulzira Aulkhan and her husband and daughter are settling into Midland, Texas, after ChinaAid rescued them from the Chinese Communist Party, bringing them to the United States in January, according to Bob Fu, president of the ministry that advocates for religious freedom and persecuted Chinese Christians. Aulkhan spent 16 months in three concentration camps in Xinjiang, and last week ABC News aired a two-part interview with her family. 

World Vision is hoping to raise $1 billion by 2023 to help 60 million people lift themselves out of extreme poverty amid the aftershocks of COVID-19. The campaign—Every Last One—is their largest capital campaign to-date, and will focus on seven areas of development in over 50 countries, including clean water, education, recover loans, healthcare for mothers and children, protection for children from violence, Gospel training, and disaster relief. 

Jesus Film Project is offering free digital resources aimed at equipping Christians to engage people with the gospel online. The Digital Ministry Resource Kit includes apps with videos and other media to lead small discussion groups, tips for using social media to share the gospel, and a COVID-19 prayer guide. Jesus Film Project has been using technology to share the story of the gospel since 1979, and claims more than 490 million confessions of faith after being exposed to their films and media.  

Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association have deployed teams to Louisiana following widespread flooding. Samaritan’s Purse is sending staff and volunteers with relief equipment, including a tractor-trailer with supplies and tools to clean up damaged houses and clear debris, to Lake Charles, while the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is sending crisis-trained chaplains. Hundreds of houses suffered damage when the area was flooded and at least five people are confirmed dead after a storm dumped more than a foot of rain in just a few hours. The flooding marks the fourth extreme weather event the Lake Charles area has endured in less than a year. Mercy Chefs is also onsite to serve hot meals to victims of the storm.

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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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