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Refugee Relief

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Posted by Celeste McDonough on

The Bible is replete with instructions on how we are to treat the weak, the oppressed, the stranger (refugee) in the land. Psalm 9:9 states that “the Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” As millions of displaced people are risking their lives to...

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Tags: greece, refugee

How can Jesus love me, when Christians hate me?

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Posted by Celeste McDonough on

As Americans, the whole world is watching us. Sometimes our nation’s political climate makes a bigger impact on the work of missions around the world than we can ever imagine. Just last week, I received a letter with the following comments from a friend serving in the Muslim...

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Tags: christmas, love of jesus, muslim, prayer

The King's Table Ministries - Christmas Fundraiser

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Posted by Celeste McDonough on

King’s Table Ministries, a Calvary supported organization, is a catalyst that connects the church with special needs families. This Christmas season, Lenderink Tree Farm in Belmont is supporting King’s Table Ministries to help make the season brighter. For each tree, wreath, and tree...

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Tags: christmas, special needs, kings table

But what can I do to stop human trafficking?

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Posted by Celeste McDonough on

Human Trafficking - it's a huge problem on a global scale. Sometimes it's easy to wonder what one person can do. But, during ArtPrize 2015 here in Grand Rapids, you can take a stand on behalf of those trafficked. Calvary is partnering with Wedgwood Christian Services' Manasseh Project to host...

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Tags: community, manasseh, prayer, trafficking, wedgwood, artprize, blue candle

Widows Helping Orphans in Africa - WHOA!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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