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Hurricane Harvey - Jon and Kris Shepherd are safe

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Posted by Celeste McDonough on

We have been in communication with Jon and Kris Shepherd, Jake, Isaiah, and Zach, who work with immigrants and refugees in the Greater Houston area. They are praising God that the retention basin for their apartment building has functioned well and their home in Sugarland, TX, is dry. They...

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A Reason to Celebrate, a Call to Pray!

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Posted by Celeste McDonough on

Many of you are familiar with the Jesus Film. This project has taken a true-to-Scripture portrayal of the life of Christ and translated it into 1463 languages. In the past three decades, it has been instrumental in reaching untold millions with the truth and hope of the Gospel. I’m...

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Tags: afghanistan, jesus film, muslims, unreached

Volunteer opportunity

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Posted by Celeste McDonough on

This invitation came from a ministry partner in the Grand Rapids area today: WORLD MISSION INVITATION: Ever wonder if volunteering in our Kentwood Thrift Store is for you? What would you do? What does the money raised go to? Is it fun? Is it rewarding? Do they have great deals? How long would I...

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Tags: volunteer, world mission

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

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

Global Prayer Digest: Uzbeks in Ukraine

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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

Faith In Deeds - Amrutha's Story

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Posted by Celeste McDonough on

In the fall of each year, Calvary Church provides an opportunity to support specific outreach partners, here in our own community and around the world. We call it our Open Door project. One partner from our 2012 Open Door Project was the Faith In Deeds Children's Home in India, where a young...

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Tags: children's home, human trafficking, india, faith in deeds, open door project

Meet Calvary’s Ministry Partner – DOOR International

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Posted by Celeste McDonough on

In addition to our 49 missionary families and individuals around the world, Calvary partners with various ministry organizations to see God’s Word spread – locally and globally. One of those partners is DOOR International. DOOR (an acronym for Dear Opportunity OutReach) is a Training...

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Tags: door international, deaf outreach

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