James kept a box underneath his bed, and no one but him knew what was inside. But then everything changed when Colleen Smith and her volunteers at GEM, an East Baltimore kid’s mentoring ministry, discovered the secret inside the box. Learn you and your church can build witnessing relationships with inner-city kids at SendRelief.org/Poverty.
Statistically speaking, New York City’s South Bronx neighborhood of Mott Haven is one of the most difficult and dangerous places in America to raise children. Fifteen years ago, Andrew Mann moved here from a rural Missouri community to do what he calls “upside down” ministry. What has happened since then is quite a story. Learn how you and your church can reach out to families living in challenging inner-city environments at SendRelief.org/Poverty.
They were once perhaps the happiest kids to see the school day end and the most reluctant to start homework. Now, refugee kids in Clarkston, Georgia, race across a church parking lot to see who can get to their homework first. Find out what changed in this episode of Stories of Hope.
Any good mother will tell you—vegetables are good for you. But when Renee Parsons and Central Baptist Church in Ashland, Kentucky met Amber Sammons, a homeless heroin addict, they learned there’s a lot more potential for good in a vegetable than most anyone ever realized. To learn more about how God is using churches in Appalachia to meet needs and change lives of men, women and children worn down by poverty, go to SendRelief.org
A small town in rural Alabama is the last place you might expect to find victims of human trafficking. This is what happened when a self-described “Vacation Bible School lady” discovered them in her own community. Some of the material in this episode is graphic and may not be suitable for young ears. Learn how to help victims of human trafficking in tangible ways at SendRelief.org/Human-Trafficking.
When opportunity knocked, Margaret Schreve, the children’s minister at Houston River Baptist Church in Sulfur, Louisiana, knew she had to respond. But when she thought about what it would take for her small-town church to launch a big-city ministry, she knew she needed expert help. Fortunately for her, she knew just the right expert to call. Learn more about the Graffiti 2 Ministry Center at SendRelief.org/Ministry-Centers.
Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Cynthia Martin and her team of volunteers are on call. Refugees in Las Vegas know when they need a ride, an English-speaker, or just a friend, the Christians from Cynthia’s Safely Home ministry are the ones to call. This is the story of how far one or two simple acts of kindness can go.
A long time ago, a lonely little girl living in a refugee camp made a promise to God. That little girl’s name was Zera. In her native language of Kirundi, “Zera” means “seed” so it made perfect sense for God to grow Zera’s promise into something big and beautiful. Learn more about the GenSend program for college students at SendRelief.org/GenSend. Find out how you can serve refugees and internationals at SendRelief.org.
These are the lies little girls hear—how many curves you have, how many heads you turn—this is what determines your worth. But when one lady in Baltimore decided girls in her neighborhood needed someone to tell them the truth, something unexpected happened. Learn how you and your church can mentor children in struggling communities at SendRelief.org.
One day, Jon and Carly Souza were newlyweds. The next day, they were the parents of four children, five and under. In this episode of Stories of Hope, spend a day with the Souzas, now a Las Vegas family of nine, and discover the heroic and humdrum steps they took to become an instant family.