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American Bible Society, U.S. Missions Outdoors Nations Network, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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The American Bible Society has released the first two chapters of its 11th annual State of the Bible 2021 ebook, including The Bible in America: 2021 Trends and Finding the New Normal. Based on the questionnaire responses of 3,354 U.S. Americans, ABS has extrapolated that Bible engagement among U.S. adults is the highest it’s been since 2014, with 181 million adults opening a Bible in the past year, up more than 7% from the previous year, and 128 million adults reading the Bible with regularity. ABS will release the other seven chapters throughout the rest of 2021, including reports on how Americans turn to the Bible in times of stress, the connection between holistic health and the Bible, and more. 

As outdoor missionaries and chaplains with the Assemblies of God U.S. Missions Outdoors Nations Network, people like Steven Lummer and Brad Sasser are providing practical help and spiritual guidance to hikers and mountain bikers in places like the Appalachian Trail and Yosemite Park. Discovery Church, where Lummer pastors in Prescott, Arizona, also hosts rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and biking events for members and people in the community who love the outdoors. 

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries in the North Kivu Central District, located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has mobilized local Church of the Nazarene congregations to care for victims of a May volcanic eruption that left an estimated 20,000 people homeless. Churches are gathering supplies and members are opening their homes to welcome displaced people while NCM has distributed food, water, and crisis care kits to shelters.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has deployed teams to its 22nd and 23rd disaster sites in 2021, this time to Dumas, Arkansas, and Mound Bayou, Mississippi, after 20 inches of rain flooded the areas, damaging more than 200 homes. The U.S. chaplains will provide emotional and spiritual care for victims and workers. Samaritan’s Purse, also, is deploying supplies, equipment, and volunteers to help with relief efforts. 

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Christina Darnell

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