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Attack Poverty, Mercy Ships, Keys for Kids, AMG International, and New Horizons of Southwest Florida

Attack Poverty partners with local people and organizations to develop communities in “pockets of poverty” according to their unique needs. The Houston Chronicle profiled Attack Poverty earlier this year, highlighting its work with local students, teachers, and the homeless. The nonprofit also offers courses in GED prep, ESL, finance, and parenting, among others. Attack Poverty has the highest possible rating in the MinistryWatch database, with five stars, an “A” transparency grade, and a donor confidence score of 100.

New Horizons of Southwest Florida has partnered with the Freedom Waters Foundation to teach middle and high school students to fish through its Super Teen Club programs. New Horizons of Southwest Florida has five stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 100. 

Mercy Ships announced the appointment of a new international chief medical officer last week. Professor Mark G. Shrime has volunteered for Mercy Ships as a head and neck surgeon each year since 2008, and as a Surgical Specialty consultant since 2016. He is taking over his new role effective immediately. Mercy Ships has one star and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 95. 

FMI and Keys for Kids has partnered with church planters in Pakistan to share the Gospel and disciple new believers by providing solar-powered audio mp3 players, called Storytellers. Each unit includes the Bible in Urdu and Keys for Kids devotional material. Ministry Partners are working to distribute Storytellers to villages affected by severe rains that have flooded much of Pakistan, leaving some 668,000 people homeless. Keys for Kids Ministries has three stars, and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 95. 

AMG International celebrated 26 years of ministry this year with about 1,000 guests after the COVID-19 pandemic prevented an in-person event for its 25th anniversary. East African Pastor Ruben Musiime and his wife Florence started AMG International to disciple young people through education and health care. What started as “just 11 kids in a room of their church” has grown to include eight child development centers in Uganda, two schools, and a university-level nursing campus. AMG International has two stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 100. 

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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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