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Kenya Hope, Shechem Children’s Home, Living Free, Heart4Iran

Shechem Children’s Home, a partner of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, reunited five children with supportive, caring relatives in 2020—the most favorable outcome for children who come through the home. Shechem serves child survivors of online sexual exploitation and trafficking in the Philippines. Staff, house parents, social workers, and therapists provide trauma-informed care and healing for up to 12 rescued children, sharing the Gospel, and finding safe, long-term placements.

Widow’s Might, a program of Kenya Hope, provides vulnerable widows in rural Kenya with job skills training. The two-year program also provides the widows with food assistance and basic job skills, such as making bread, soap, sewing, as well as studies in reading, writing, and the Bible.

Heart4Iran is working on a Sunday School curriculum based on the popular TV series Superbook to share the Gospel with children and families in Iran. The project is being run by former Muslims who have converted to Christianity. Superbook, created by Christian Broadcasting Network, has been broadcast in over 106 countries, translated into 43 languages, and viewed by more than 500 million people, according to Mission Network News.

COVID-19 pandemic social restrictions forced Living Free, a Bible-based recovery program, to adapt its strategy for working with participants. Its previous in-person small group model has now grown to include virtual zoom meetings, allowing the group to invite people struggling with destructive behaviors to join from other communities and states. Since November 2018, the Living Free virtual academy has graduated 667 people from 56 countries, 37 states, and 337 communities.

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Christina Darnell

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