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Global Disciples, Care Net Pregnancy Center, Samaritan’s Purse, Alliance Defending Freedom

Global Disciples is celebrating its 25-year anniversary equipping indigenous Christians who live near least-reached people groups to share the Gospel, make disciples, and build locally-sustainable churches. The Pennsylvania-based nonprofit works in 62 countries and last year partnered in the planting of more than 3,500 churches with more than 83,500 new professing believers. The Joshua Project estimates that 7,400 people groups—representing more than 2 billion people—are considered “unreached,” defined as “a people group within which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to evangelize this people group.”

Care Net Pregnancy Center of Las Cruces in New Mexico transitioned to a medical pregnancy center in late 2020 with the help of the ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project that provided an ultrasound machine. Studies suggest that viewing an ultrasound of their baby makes it significantly more likely that women unsure about having an abortion will choose to continue with their pregnancy. Care Net Pregnancy Center of Las Cruces worked with 587 clients in 2019, from high school age up through women in their 40s, many of them Hispanic.

Samaritan’s Purse continues jumping into the COVID-19 fray as it prepares to open another emergency field hospital, this time in LA County. A Disaster Assistance Response Team, including doctors and nurses, are already on the ground, according to the disaster relief nonprofit, along with much of the equipment needed to set up the hospital. The mobile unit will house 50 beds to care for COVID-19-positive patients in the parking lot of Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster. Almost 8,000 patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in LA County, and more than 14,000 new cases were reported as of Jan. 16.

Vermont students attending religious private schools will now be able to participate in the state’s dual enrollment program that allows high school students to enroll in two college courses prior to graduation at no cost to themselves. The program had previously been restricted to public, private secular, and homeschool students until an appeals court Friday granted a preliminary injunction following a suit represented by Alliance Defending Freedom

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Christina Darnell

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

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