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Re:new Project, Disaster Relief, Entre Amigas

Re:new Project is opening its doors to Afghan refugee women who may be entering the U.S. in coming months/years. Re:new is based in Dupage County, Illinois, and provides employment for refugee women from around the world, starting with training in English and sewing. Refugee artisans can be hired for two years to craft and sell accessories, during which Re:new connects them with a mentor from local churches, plus skills and employment training.

At least a handful of disaster relief ministries have deployed teams to sites in the greater New Orleans area impacted by Hurricane Ida. Convoy of Hope has set up distribution centers, the Louisiana Network Ministry is delivering generators to pastors and churches, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are ministering to victims and emergency workers, and Mercy Chefs is cooking up chef-prepared meals, also for victims and emergency workers. Samaritan’s Purse teams are clearing debris, mudding out flooded homes, removing downed trees, and tarping damaged roofs. Hurricane hit landfall as a Category 4 storm last week, pummeling New Orleans, taking our power and water systems, before heading into the Northeast. At least 67 deaths have been attributed to the storm across eight U.S. states.

A donut workshop in Guatemala is connecting women with economic opportunies—and the gospel. What started as a chance for women to connect with each other and hear the gospel has grown into workshops in marketable skills, such as jewelry making, sewing, and crochet. The most popular workshop so far has been in making donuts. Led by a local Church of the Nazarene ministry, Entre Amigas (Between Friends), the workshops began in January and are regularly attended by eight to 10 women, who have begun to market and sell their homemade donuts.

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Christina Darnell

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