German is ten years old and he can tell you exactly where his family keeps their whistle. For children in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the family whistle has become an important survival tool. This is a story about a powerful earthquake and even more powerful friendship that came out of that disaster between German and a Send Relief volunteer. The hurricanes and earthquakes that have hit Puerto Rico have created ministry opportunities for every kind of church and every kind of believer. To see how you can meet needs and change lives there, go to SendRelief.org.
Mary Anne Kramer tried. She’d lost most everything she owned, so she had no choice. Mary Anne reached out to anyone in Pittsburgh who she thought might be able to help her get back on her feet. No one replied. This is the story about Mary Anne’s call for help and what happened when someone finally answered. There are hurting people just like Mary Anne in your community. Find out how you can help provide the basics of life and build witnessing relationships with them at SendRelief.org.
Phyllis Harbaugh was just average. But then God introduced her to deaf Iraqi refugees who were moving into her suburban Detroit community. In this episode of Stories of Hope, see what happened when a regular, everyday housewife was asked to do a job no one anywhere anytime had ever tried to do. Find out how you can serve refugees and internationals at SendRelief.org.
Most people would not see two months in jail as a good thing. But Crystal Harris is not “most people.” This is the story of how God used uncommon circumstances and people who are uncommonly in love with Jesus to save Crystal from a dangerous and deadly lifestyle. Some of the material in this episode is graphic and may not be suitable for young ears. Learn how you and your church can help victims of human trafficking at SendRelief.org/Human-Trafficking.
One day, Cody Huff disappeared. This is the story of what happened when he ended up living on the streets of Las Vegas and how God is now using that experience to shine a light into places most people never see. Go to SendRelief.org/Poverty to learn how you and your church can reach out to people who need the most basic necessities with practical help and the hope of the gospel.
Caskets and headstones are typically not symbols of hope and peace. But there’s nothing typical about the story of Barron Martin and Roderick Shaw. This is the story of how, in the inner-city of Memphis, Tennessee, God is turning hurt into healing. Go to SendRelief.org/Poverty to learn how you and your church can reach out to people who live in challenging inner-city environments.
It smells like popcorn and Fraser Fir, and it sounds like a thousand kids together in one room on Christmas morning. There are games and gifts and music and ponies and teenagers in minion costumes and grandpas in Santa hats and tables piled to the ceiling with all-you-can-eat candy. This is a story about some churches who love foster kids so much, they threw the biggest, most exclusive Christmas party in the history of Valdosta, Georgia. Go to SendRelief.org/foster-care-adoption to learn how you and your church can reach out to children who need shelter, protection and care.
Once a year, on a sidewalk in New York City’s Lower East Side, Christmas shoppers start lining up at midnight. But they’re not waiting to get into a store. On the next episode of Stories of Hope, find out what’s so special about this one December night and this one inner-city church that everyone is waiting to get into.
Ask Jim and Jeannie Slaughenhoup about their family, and they’ll show you pictures of their grandkids in Alabama and tell you about their extended family from Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In this episode of Stories of Hope, hear what happened when two very ordinary grandparents started a cooking class for refugee women in Clarkston, Georgia.
Frank Brown lived on a Chicago subway train. He spent his days looking out the window, trying to make himself invisible, and asking God, “Why me?” In this episode of Stories of Hope, hear what happened when an inner-city Chicago church gave Frank the keys to his very own penthouse. Go to SendRelief.org/poverty to learn how you can meet needs and change the lives of people in your community who need to find a home.