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Fill the Stadium, Jesus Film Project, Immigration Coalition, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team

The Jesus Film Project recently released its JESUS film in Persian sign language with audio in Farsi and a woman on the right of the screen translating the scenes into sign language. The famous film has been released in more than 1,900 translations, but the new release is part of its Mission 865 initiative with an aim to complete 865 translations in minority languages by 2025. There are more than 400,000 deaf people in Iran, according to Mission Network News. The Jesus Film Project is also partnering with Deaf Missions to produce a Jesus Film completely in sign language, with actors and actresses signing in American Sign Language (ASL). The Jesus Film Project is a ministry of Cru.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) has deployed its crisis-trained chaplains to the site of a mass shooting. On Thursday afternoon, a gunman in Collierville, Tennessee, opened fire, killing one person and injuring 14 others at a Kroger. The shooter was also killed from what is presumed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The chaplains will provide emotional and spiritual support to victims and their families, first responders, and the larger community.

The Immigration Coalition serves immigrants by providing food and clean water to families along the southern border and in Latin America. Last week, the nonprofit helped 30-plus asylum-seeking Haitian families in Reynosa, Mexico, by giving them food and water as well as setting them up with housing and documentation to stay in Mexico and begin building new lives. Haitian migrants have been flooding Mexico and the U.S. following a string of events that rocked the already fragile country—the assassination of its president in July, rise of gang violence, a powerful earthquake in August, and a tropical storm soon after.

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Former NFL wide receiver Jordy Nelson is partnering with Compassion International to “fill the stadium” and provide food, medical care, and support to impoverished children worldwide. The campaign goal is to raise enough funds to help 70,000 children in crisis—enough to fill the average NFL football stadium. So far, the team has raised $32 million for over 64,000 kids and their families. “I feel that we who are more fortunate in the U.S. have got to step up and take care of kids in need,” Nelson said. Other professional athletes on the Fill the Stadium team include Alyssa Naeher of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer team, Adam Engel of the Chicago White Sox, and Sam Burns, PGA TOUR golfer.

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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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