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YouVersion, Alternatives Pregnancy Center, Bibles For The World, and More

The Bible App for Kids—a 10-year collaboration between YouVersion and OneHope—is celebrating 100 million downloads. The free app includes interactive Bible stories and activities, and has been translated into multiple languages, including Spanish, French, and Swahili. OneHope has two stars and a “C” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 82.

Eight children and seven adults worked to build 18 birdhouses for western bluebirds / Courtesy of The Christian Chronicle

Alternatives Pregnancy Center in Denver, Colorado, is getting out in their community. Last month, teams passed out diapers and wipes at the Denver Dream Center’s Adopt-a-Block and at a local job and community resource fair. They also shared about their services at Arapahoe Community College’s Health Career and Resource Fair. Alternatives has five stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database.

Several children and supervising adults at the South Hills Church of Christ in Montana crafted 18 new homes for western bluebirds as part of a “creation care” project. It took three adults five hours to cut enough cedar wood for rectangular boxes to house the mountain birds, which have seen a population drop in past decades. It then took two hours for eight kids—with seven adults helping—to put all the pieces together.

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Bibles for the World is working to fulfill a request for 1 million copies of the Gospel of John to church planters in India. So far, the ministry has provided 80,000 at a conference and they “were snatched up literally in minutes” by the 800 church planters attending. Bibles For The World has provided Scriptures to people in 126 nations over the past 50 years. Bibles for the World has one star and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 88.

Marion First Church of the Nazarene in Marion, Ohio, has opened Hope for Health, a counseling center that provides substance abuse counseling, support groups for parents of addicts, and grief support for people who have experienced a traumatic loss. Hope for Health is also creating a support group for foster parents and a counseling group for children who have experienced trauma.

Christina Darnell

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