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Ministries Making a Difference

Feeding 1 million people, hurricane relief, inner city ministry, equipping families in impoverished nations

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Metro Atlanta celebrated its “Mega Million Milestone” this month, marking the millionth person to receive free groceries through its weekly food distribution program. The church launched The King’s Table food pantry in 2020 to curb food insecurities sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, is opening its Billy Graham Archive and Research Center next month, November 8. The 30,000-square-foot facility will house all of Billy Graham’s papers and artifacts in one location, including personal memorabilia and correspondence, civic and personal endeavors, corporate Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) historical documents, and manuscripts the late Graham carried to the pulpit. The center will be open to scholars, ministry leaders, and students to conduct research. BGEA has two stars and a “C” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 33.

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries and several Church of the Nazarene congregations in Puerto Rico have mobilized to provide care to thousands of people most affected by Category 4 Hurricane Fiona that swept through in September. They purchased 450 gift cards for vulnerable families, and distributed water, clothes, food, and basic necessities. One church in Aguada cooked for hundreds of families for four days while the area’s power was out. NCM has five stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 92.

Assemblies of God (USA) is recognizing two of its inner city Illinois churches for sharing the light of Christ in dark places. Urban Outreach Worship Center in East St. Louis and Iglesia Gran Luz in Washington Park each operate in difficult neighborhoods, surrounded by nightclubs, blight, and violence. They welcome the homeless, drug addicted, and poor, and share testimonies of how Christ has changed their lives and circumstances. Urban Outreach says one of its greatest achievements is the high rate of college graduates amongst its students.

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Every Child Ministries launched its Family Empowerment Program in Uganda last year to move beyond just child sponsorship to also include the financial, spiritual, and educational support of parents, with the goal of equipping them to become self-sufficient and provide for their own families. The two-year program will graduate its first round of families next year, after which it will take on 10 new families.

Christina Darnell

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