Bless Petersburg

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Pastor Joey Anthony didn’t set out to save someone’s life. He just wanted to find a way for his Colonial Heights, Virginia, church to meet the needs of people in their community. In this episode of Stories of Hope, hear how the people of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church blessed their neighbors in ways they never thought possible. Go to SendRelief.org/poverty to learn how you can meet needs in your community through the Home Fire Campaign.

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The Golden Ticket

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James Kamara wanted out. But he was trapped in his old, violent, gang-banging life—trapped until the day they came looking for him. He never imagined—no one could have ever imagined—what would happen once they found him. Go to SendRelief.org/Poverty to learn how you and your church can reach out to people like James who live in challenging inner-city environments.

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The Secret Inside the Box

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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.

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Safe Haven in Mott Haven

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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.

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Second Chances and Second Steps

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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

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Hidden in Plain Sight

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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.

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My Church Came to Me

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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.

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Welcome to America

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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.

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