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Jesus Film Project, Elder Orphan Care, The Immigration Coalition, and Woman’s Missionary Union

Christina Darnell

Elder Orphan Care partnered with a local men’s “classic cars” ministry last month for its first “Meals on Classy Wheels” initiative to deliver gifts and meals to vulnerable elderly just outside Charlotte, N.C., and delivered 264 “stockings of joy” to Meals on Wheels clients.  EOC began in 2011 as a ministry to homeless elderly in Western Romania and expanded to serve local North Carolina elderly men and women in 2017. In response to COVID-19, EOC began providing emergency grocery services to around 50 local clients in March, and this month the team is launching tablet services through Claris Companion for clients to combat isolation. It will include tablets for hosting daily check-ins, weekly virtual events, and pre-selected games/activities. 

The Jesus Film Project wrapped up 2020 celebrating half a million subscribers to its YouTube channel. Through its channel and corresponding app (launched in 2012), the Jesus Film Project has expanded to include more than 200 free videos in 1,800 languages for viewers to use as an evangelistic tool. Since the ministry’s inception in 1979, more than 490 million have claimed a relationship with Christ as a result of watching its films, according to its website

The Immigration Coalition distributed cards, blankets, and toys for 5,000 Latino, immigrant, and migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border last month as part of its Christmas campaign. The campaign was part of its year-round work of providing clean water (water jugs, filtered water tanks, and permanent water wells) to families seeking asylum at the border and others living in a nearby slum community. It’s estimated that about 13 million people live along the U.S.-Mexico border, with many of them lacking access to quality health care. 

Woman’s Missionary Union members from several Baptist churches in Lumberton, N.C., volunteer to serve volunteers. They do the “dirty work” of washing laundry, changing bedding, scrubbing bathrooms, mopping floors, and delivering food at the Rebuild Center where some-200 volunteers of the North Carolina Baptists on Mission come in and out as they continue to help local residents rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew (2016) and Hurricane Florence (2018).

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Christina Darnell
Christina Darnell

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

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