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Youth For Christ, Nazarene Medical Corps, U.S. Mission Chaplaincy Ministries

Youth For Christ USA has promoted long-time YFC staff member Ali King to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. King has worked with YFC in various roles over the past 30 years, including as a campus life director, ministry director, and national middle school campus life director. Most recently, she was executive director for the nonprofit’s chapter in Indianapolis for 10 years. The creation of her COO position is part of the ministry’s directional pivot from large rallies to one-on-one relationships. YFC has more than 137 chapters across the country and operates in more than 100 nations. 

The Nazarene Medical Corps, part of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, provided more than 600 medical consultations in late September for migrants at the Southern Mexico border. Volunteer doctors, nurses, radiologists, physical therapists, and psychologists helped patients with gastrointestinal issues, headaches, chronic diseases, dental pain, and emotional trauma. The team also met with more than 50 children to play games, sing songs, and share the Gospel message. 

Air Force chaplain Jammie Bigbey, a missionary with the Assemblies of God U.S. Mission Chaplaincy Ministries, was on the ground in Qatar, a small Middle East country that borders Saudi Arabia, when planes carrying tens of thousands of men, women, and children landed after fleeing Afghanistan in August. What was originally intended to be a stop-through processing center turned into an “upscale hostel” for the span of 17 days, where, at one point, there were 17,000 evacuees, according to AG News. Bigbey, along with other service members on site, used donations to buy shoes, clothes, and personal hygiene items. “There was a big demand for diapers and formula—there were so many babies,” he said, adding that everyone—from chaplains to flight crew to mechanics—pitched in to set up beds and prepare meals. 

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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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