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Seniors serving in retirement, oral-based theology training, and a ‘God Loves You’ bus

By renting and working out of eight apartments throughout neighborhoods in Winston Salem, N.C., one couple with the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board (NAMB) has been able to use their Mission Center ministry to minister to underserved families through sports, organized activities, weekly discipleship get togethers, and—most recently—through a bus renovated into a mobile classroom, called the “God Loves You” bus.

NAMB missionaries David and Kathy Parson recently launched their “God Loves You” bus ministry as part of their Mission Center / Baptist Press

Southern Baptist disaster relief teams from Georgia, Kentucky, and Alabama have been responding to damage wreaked by deadly tornadoes that swept through the states earlier this month. Teams came equipped with chainsaws to clean debris.

Spoken Worldwide has partnered with the Church of the Nazarene to provide orality-based theology courses for church leaders in areas like West Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. So far, some 17,000 church leaders have gone through the courses.

Assemblies of God’s Senior Adult Ministries conferences encourage seniors to find unique ways to minister to others, even in retirement. The second-annual conference in 2022 was an inspiration for women like Donna Marquez and Jeanette Flynn-Frost, who both serve as chaplains for police officers. Read more about their stories and the work they do here.

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has partnered with Convoy of Hope to ship $1 million in sports equipment to coaches and athletes in Ukraine. FCA collected the new and used equipment from hundreds of staff, volunteers, and donors. Convoy of Hope has shipped over 100 containers to Ukraine since the beginning of the country’s war with Russia. Convoy of Hope has five stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 68. FCA has four stars and an “A” transparency grade, and a donor confidence score of 90.

Christina Darnell

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