Ministries Making a Difference: Chestnut Mountain Ranch, Lighthouse Ministries and the Texas Bible Bowl
Students from Gordon College spent their March Spring Break fixing up classrooms and a garage at Chestnut Mountain Ranch (CMR) in West Virginia. They assembled school furniture, painted, and built walls. A team of volunteers from Crossgate Church also performed repairs and did yard maintenance at the ranch earlier this month. CMR is a “Christ-centered home and school” that serves young men and works to restore broken families. CMR has three stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 96.
Brentwood Hills Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee, is offering the use of its building to The Covenant School. The building, about five miles from Covenant’s campus, allows the school’s 200 students and about 40 staff to finish out its school year after a mass shooter killed three nine-year-old students and three staff members in March. Brentwood Hill’s 1,200-member congregation is working to convert Bible classrooms to school classrooms—and back again.
Lighthouse Ministries in Lakeland, Florida, hosted an Easter event for people in need, served a meal, and shared the Gospel message. Lighthouse serves the poor, homeless, and at-risk in the community. Lighthouse has three stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 92.
More than 200 participants completed a 250-question exam on the New Testament book of Matthew at this year’s annual Texas Bible Bowl in Bandera, Texas. High school students who earned top scores are eligible for $9,000 in scholarships to specific universities.
Since February 2022, leaders from WI+H—an initiative of the Assemblies of God National Black Fellowship—have coached pastors and ministry leaders from 75 churches and nonprofits across the country. WI+H helps churches identify their community’s “pain points” and partner with local stakeholders to develop strategies to become part of the solution. The goal is to see “lives transformed and people discipled.”
Main photo: Students from Gordon College volunteered fixing up classrooms and a garage at Chestnut Mountain Ranch over spring break / Facebook
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