Ministries Making a Difference
Giving Bibles, delivering meals, and serving the community, plus a Lifetime Achievement Award and a new CEO
A Youth For Christ chapter in southern Indiana, partnering with Parkway Southern Baptist Church in New Albany, began delivering sack lunches to around 30 youth in the local community as the pandemic waned and food insecurity lingered. That has since grown to bringing meals to 400 kids each week. Youth For Christ USA has three stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 90.
Girls enrolled in American Heritage Girls, one of the world’s largest Christian, scout-type organizations, performed more than 512,000 service hours across the country in its program year ending May 2022. That’s despite challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. American Heritage Girls has five stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 86.
African dignitaries presented Mercy Ships founder Don Stephens with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this month’s GE7 Africa Visionary Leaders’ Summit in Washington D.C. For the past 30 years, Mercy Ships has worked closely with countries in Central and West Africa, strengthening their healthcare systems. In that time, volunteer professionals have performed more than 108,000 free surgeries, completed more than 520,000 dental procedures, and trained more than 50,000 in-country health professionals. Mercy Ships has one star and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 96.
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In 2022, Fellowship of Christian Athletes distributed 196,024 Bibles, marking 68 years of its mission to share the Gospel through sports ministry. FCA prints about 200,000 Bibles each year, having distributed nearly 3 million Bibles in the past 15 years. FCA has four stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 90.
Lutheran Services in America has named a new CEO. Alesia Frerichs, who was formerly vice president of member engagement, will take over the helm in February 2023 from current CEO Charlotte Haberaecker, who led the health and human services ministry for more than a decade. Lutheran Services in America has three stars and a “C” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database.