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Ministries Making a Difference: Mothers Against Poverty, Slavic Gospel Association and more

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The Mothers Against Poverty (MAP) program run by Neema Village in East Africa helps mothers stay or reunite with their children by providing jobs and skills training, such as sewing and using a computer. Neema Village serves more than 60 children on its 10-acre campus, with the goal of reuniting them with family members or connecting them with an adoptive family. The Village is supported primarily by Churches of Christ congregations and members.

Southeastern University in Florida has partnered with 203 churches throughout the country to provide hands-on ministry training for students starting college through its extension site program. Students meet for classes during weekdays and volunteer 12 hours a week at the church they have enrolled with. In all, students graduate with at least 1,200 hours of “documented experience.” Southeastern University has five stars and a “C” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 73.

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Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is partnering with Nazarene churches in Peru to provide food and water and to clean up debris after Cyclone Yaku devastated the country earlier this month. The cyclone, the likes of which haven’t struck Peru since 1998, killed at least 8 people and have overflowed rivers, triggered landslides, and collapsed bridges. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries has five stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 96.

Slavic Gospel Association (SGA) is shipping solar-powered battery systems to church partners in Ukraine. As the country’s war with Russia drags on and it remains vulnerable to constant attacks on its power grid, churches can use the units to provide a place for people to charge cell phones and stay connected. SGA has also distributed cast iron stoves, blankets, generators, and food to Ukrainians affected by the war. SGA has one star and a “C” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 77.

Main photo: Cyclone Yaku began March 7 and lingered for about a week, devastating areas of Peru / Photo via Church of the Nazarene

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Christina Darnell

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