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Open Door Mission, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Nolachucky Baptist Association Disaster Relief, JESUS Film Project

Open Door Mission, a Gospel Rescue Mission in Omaha, Nebraska, celebrated the graduation of 14 men and women through its New Life Program this past weekend. The Christian 12-step residential program teaches individuals to be “self-sufficient community members” through tools such as Bible study, therapy, and relationships. The New Life Program is one of many of the rescue mission’s outreaches, including emergency shelters, food distribution, and homeless prevention.

Volunteers with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Philippines have been distributing food packs, clothes, hygiene kits, and flashlights and setting up water filtration stations in Southern Leyte, where nearly 1,000 homes were destroyed in mid December by Super Typhoon Rai. Across the Philippines, the massive storm affected over 7 million people in some 6,000 villages, destroying more than 100,000 residences. The ministry team is composed of trained/certified PSS/PFA providers, and is also setting up spaces for children to receive trauma-informed care.

Nolachucky Baptist Association Disaster Relief in Tennessee has added a drone to its team of volunteers. Brandon Ramsey serves as the primary drone pilot, a role that is the first of its kind, according to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief national director Sam Porter. Under 18-year-old Ramsey’s direction, the drone has been used to help in search and rescue efforts, in locating the source of flooding in Waverly, Tennessee, and to give responders a view through dangerous terrain, according to Baptist Press. Porter hopes to see more disaster relief teams leverage the benefits of drones and drone pilots.

JESUS Film Project released its year-end stats, saying its films boasted more than 200 million broadcast views in 2021. The ministry completed the 1900th translation of its flagship JESUS film, and also finished a handful of new films, including Chosen Witness, Retelling the Good Story, and several new short films. The JESUS Film Project is a ministry of Cru.

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Christina Darnell

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