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Soup of Life, UP Conference, Good Samaritan Health Center

Two international Church of the Nazarene congregations are finding practical ways to serve their local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic by distributing food to people in need. One church in Boa Vista, Brazil, relaunched its Soup of Life ministry, setting up outside a hospital every other week to hand out 100 containers of pre-packaged food. Any leftovers are given to nearby homeless, and volunteers also pray with people. In South Korea, another congregation hosted a “Love Sharing” event, pooling together to donate 50 “love boxes” to low-income and struggling families. The boxes contained nonperishable food and hygiene products.

The Center for Biblical Unity and Women in Apologetics hosted their second annual UP (Uniting People) Conference last week. The theme of the virtual event was “Standing for Biblical Justice in a Social Justice World” with an emphasis on differentiating between the two as well as finding practical ways to work for biblical justice in local communities. PDF files of speaker workshops are available on the registration page, and the package of audio recordings is available to purchase for $55. 

The Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett in Georgia is wrapping up construction of its new Screening Prevention Annex. The 500-square-foot addition is slated to open later this month and will provide an indoor area for COVID-19 screening, testing and evaluation. The nonprofit healthcare center, which focuses on health and dental care for the uninsured and underinsured, has hosted COVID-19 testing and vaccination drives throughout the pandemic. In 2020, the center was testing as many as 800-900 people a month. 

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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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