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Widows Helping Orphans in Africa - WHOA!

Posted by Celeste McDonough on

God is leading each of us on our own unique journey. Recently, I met Sarah Stacilauskas, a Grand Rapids resident who's story is full of "only God could have..." moments. Sarah is the founder of Healing Eyes, a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to bring God's love to orphans in...

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Tags: concert, orphans, poor, uganda, widows

Update from Central Asia

Posted by Celeste McDonough on

God is using Calvary's 2013-14 Open Door Project gifts to reach Central Asians and to encourage believers. Here are some stories of real people whose lives have been changed by God. Keep praying for the impact of His Word!

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Tags: central asia, internet, muslim, open door project, radio, reach beyond

On the ground in Uganda

Posted by Celeste McDonough on

On July 8, the Knapp family - Brian, Jen, Sahara, Ayantu and Julie - left for their work with orphans and underprivileged children with Yes! Uganda. Here's a brief greeting after their first three weeks there:

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Tags: orphans, uganda, knapps

More prayers for the persecuted

Posted by Celeste McDonough on

From India: Reports of persecution in India increased 55% in the last year — 12 months after an election that ushered in a Hindu nationalist government. Anti-Christian groups have boldly declared their goal of returning India to a purely Hindu nation.  The sharp increase in...

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Tags: india, persecution, south sudan, sudan

When Squeeze Turns to Smash

Posted by Celeste McDonough on

Did you know… according to Open Doors (www.opendoorsusa.org/), there are two types of persecution of Christians around the world today? When developing their annual “World Watch List” of the top 50 countries was persecution occurs, they consider both “squeeze&rdquo...

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Tags: open doors, persecution, uzbekistan, world watch list, forum 18

Enthralled with Missions - or with Jesus?

Posted by Celeste McDonough on

Today's post is a reprint from the recent prayer letter a missionary friend sent. He and his family serve in a restricted area of Central Asia. Be encouraged by his words! Enthralled With “Missions” or with Jesus? Up through my junior year in college, I felt “called to...

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Tags: calling, central asia, success, vision

Opportunities to learn, opportunities to play!

Posted by Celeste McDonough on

An opportunity to learn Coming up next week are several opportunities locally to learn about medical missions – for both medical/dental professionals as well as students and those with a more general interest. Thursday, May 14, the Grand Rapids Christian Medical society is hosting...

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Tags: fundraiser, golf, local, medical missions, south sudan, symposium, mel trotter

Can God use your skills, passions and time?

Posted by Celeste McDonough on

The answer is YES! There are opportunities here in Grand Rapids, opportunities around the world, and opportunities to lift up our missionaries in prayer. Here are just a few: Opportunities in Grand Rapids: Alpha Women’s Center of Grand Rapids is hosting Walk for Life 2015 on the campus...

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Tags: central asia, global, local, prayer, teachers, ukraine, volunteer, kids life bible clubs, alpha womens center

Global Prayer Digest: Uzbeks in Ukraine

Posted by Celeste McDonough on

The Global Prayer Digest is one of the most powerful prayer tools available for expanding your prayer life for the nations today. Years ago, when my family first started to explore the world through God's eyes, the Global Prayer Digest was one of the first and best resources we used. Today, you...

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Tags: central asia, prayer, uzbek, global prayer digest

Make the most of Sunday morning!

Posted by Celeste McDonough on

I’m so excited about the opportunities we have this Sunday, March 15, to celebrate together what God is doing in the world and in our community here in West Michigan. Several of our missionaries will be visiting and giving presentations to the adult class that has “adopted&rdquo...

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