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Beatrice First Church of the Nazarene in Nebraska has added a Spanish service, hoping to reach the state’s some 300,000 Spanish-speaking residents. It is only the second Nazarene church in the state to offer Spanish services, and Beatrice’s head pastor Francisco Torres hopes to add a satellite location in nearby Lincoln.

Samaritan’s Purse last week deployed disaster relief teams to Selma, Alabama, and Griffin, Georgia after tornadoes ripped through the areas Thursday, destroying homes, causing power outages, and resulting in the death of several people. Tractor trailers stocked with tools and equipment will also provide relief. Teams of volunteers will tarp damaged roofs and help clear debris, among other things. Samaritan’s Purse has two stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 60.

DOOR International is creating training resources for its Sign Language Translation Tool (SLTT) software to streamline the process of translating the Bible into more of the 375 sign languages globally. Only 70-75 of those sign languages currently have active Bible translations currently, according to DOOR.

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First Church of the Nazarene in Rio Abajo, Panama, launched a “Love in Action” project handing out food and coffee to migrants arriving in the country in October 2022. That evolved into 40 days of continuous service handing out 500 personal hygiene kits and serving 11,900 hot meals. The church also distributed clothing, shoes, milk, diapers, and medicines.

Christina Darnell

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