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Bible Study Fellowship, WORLD Magazine, Elder Orphan Care, Escuela Para Sordos Esperanza de Vida

This week, WordGo—a Bible study app launched by Bible Study Fellowship—is releasing its Advent study, Born to Dwell. The free 4-week study includes Scripture passages, questions for study and application, notes from scholars, and teaching. The study is designed to be done individually or as part of a group.

WORLD Magazine announced its winner of the 2021 Daniel of the Year award—WORLD founder Joel Belz. WORLD has chosen an annual Daniel of the Year—a play on TIME’s Person of the Year—since 1998, featuring people from various walks of life, including crusader Baroness Caroline Cox, Sudanese pastor Michael Yerko, Congressman Frank Wolf, and persecuted Chinese Christians. What makes them stand out—whether well known or little known—is that they stood up “against tyrants who tried to put themselves in God’s place” and “exhibited bravery in defense of God’s authority, not their own autonomy.” This is the first year WORLD has chosen one of its own staff. Belz started WORLD 40 years ago, and has advocated for pavement-pounding, biblically-grounded, truth-telling journalism ever since.

Elder Orphan Care held its third annual Roll ‘N Stroll event Oct. 16 in Concord, N.C., to raise money for its Christmas Stockings of Joy program. More than 150 people participated locally as sponsors, vendors, 5k runners/walkers, and contestants in a classic car show. The event raised more than a third of the budget to fund 600 stockings for elderly in need in Romania with items that are both practical and “joyous.” The ministry will also distribute more than 250 stockings/totes in the Greater Charlotte area. Elder Orphan Care helps care for some 30 elderly locally on a regular basis, with the goal to “create a safer home environment to allow for aging in place through minor home modifications and adaptive environment.”

Escuela Para Sordos Esperanza de Vida, a school for deaf children, is educating 31 deaf children in the Dominican Republic, according to Mission Network News. The school is also part of a ministry to deaf adults within its partner church, where it provides interpreting, helps deaf adults look for jobs, and trains family members to learn sign language. SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary adjunct professor Angelica Bonet started the school in 1994 when she realized many deaf children in her native Dominican Republic didn’t have access to the local schools. She asked, “How do I evangelize them if they do not know how to read or write?” Her answer: “To open a classroom for children who were not attending school.” She now helps run the school remotely from her home in Colorado.

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Christina Darnell

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