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D.L. Moody Center, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Compassion International, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team

D. L. Moody Center in Northfield, Massachusetts, announced the promotion of Dr. James Spencer as president of the independent nonprofit last week. The D. L. Moody Center is a “spiritual renewal destination” with an emphasis on evangelism and discipleship. Spencer is a theologian who specializes in biblical interpretation and the intersection of theology with other disciplines, such as sociology, decision-making science, media studies, and organizational leadership. He is the author of Thinking Christian: Essays on Testimony, Accountability, and the Christian Mind. Before becoming president, Spencer had worked at the D. L. Moody Center as Chief Operation Officer since 2018.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes awarded University of Kentucky’s head baseball coach Nick Mingione with its 2022 Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching Award. The Kindall award—named after the legendary baseball coach/player—recognizes a college or high school baseball coach for exemplifying “the Christian principles of character, integrity, excellence, teamwork and service.” Mingione has been UK’s baseball head coach since 2016, and worked as the team’s assistant coach before that.

Compassion International has surpassed its goal of raising $35 million through its Fill the Stadium campaign. The money is being used to provide food, medical care, and support for more than 76,000 children worldwide whose support was interrupted by COVID-19 shutdowns, according to the ministry. Compassion International CEO Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado partnered with Pro Athletes Outreach President Steve Stenstrom to launch Fill the Stadium in March 2020, with the goal to help 70,000 children—about the number of seats in an NFL stadium. The campaign will continue in 2022.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) has deployed chaplains to New York City after an apartment fire killed 17 people, including eight children, and injured at least 44 more Sunday, January 9. The crisis-trained chaplains provide emotional and spiritual support to victims and emergency workers who responded to the disaster. The blaze is said to have been sparked by a malfunctioning electric space heater. BG-RRT chaplains are also working in seven other locations across the United states, including: Boulder County, after the Marshall Fire; Mayfield, Kentucky, following a string of December tornadoes; Whatcom County, Washington, after historic flooding; and in three Louisiana locations devastated by Hurricane Ida.

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Christina Darnell

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