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Adult & Teen Challenge (ATC) is developing a new program designed specifically to help veterans and active-duty personnel struggling with addictions and other life-controlling issues. Some of the program works within a 30-day framework—the amount of time the military typically limits for active-duty men and women to find a solution to addiction issues, which ATC CEO Gary Blackard says is typically alcohol. It will also address PTSD and other mental health issues, and provide a physical fitness component. ATC has one star and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 74.

The European Nazarene College is teaming with the Arabic Nazarene Bible College to create the Arabic Learning Center. The EuNC – ALC will provide accredited online and in-person programs in the Arabic language that will be available to students in the Middle East and to the broader Arabic-speaking community worldwide. The 2022 Nazarene Annual Statistical Report estimates that almost 8,000 Nazarenes worship weekly in Arabic.

The Nashville chapter of Youth For Christ is teaming up with local businesses to foster community with youth through its various outreaches, including Campus Life, City Life, Juvenile Justice, and Parent Life. YFC Nashville sends volunteers into schools to meet with students during study hall. The manager of a local tire company hosts a class for single moms to learn how to change a tire or check their tire pressure or oil. Youth For Christ USA has two stars and a “C” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 90.

Horizons International is partnering with Lebanese and Syrian churches to drive aid into Syria after an airstrike in Aleppo shut down a major airport, cutting off access to earthquake relief.  Horizons International has four stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database.

Trans World Radio (TWR) has promoted Susie Pek as its Women of Hope director. Formerly the regional coordinator for Latin America for a TWR sister station, Pek will now oversee 450 staff members and volunteers in more than 125 countries. TWR has one star and a “C” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 67.

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Christina Darnell

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