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Near & Dear: Ministries I Love

Compassion International

Compassion International

In 2009, God pricked my heart to become a “sponsor momma” (my words), to children in India and Africa. Since then, God has grown that little sponsor family by a few more faces, and writing letters back and forth—seeing their drawings and hearing their dreams, is one of my favorite life joys!

Visit their site to learn (1) how many children are in need of hope and help and (2) how very easy it is to provide for them! (This photo sourced from salesforce.com)

compassion.com

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Voice of the Martyrs

Voice of the Martyrs

The more I learn about the persecuted church, the more my heart is burdened to pray, to “remember those in prison as though in prison with them,” Hebrews 13:3. Founded in 1967, Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is “a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian missions organization dedicated to serving our persecuted family worldwide through practical and spiritual assistance and leading other members of the body of Christ into fellowship with them.”

I love their app and encourage anyone interested in really learning more about praying for these brothers and sisters in Christ to download it and start that journey today. Also check out their local events. Mark and I got to attend a one-day conference this year, and it only deepened our passion and heart for these dear servants.

persecution.com

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Alabama Baptist Children's Homes

Alabama Baptist Children's Homes

Often referred to as ABCH, the Children’s Homes serves thousands of children and families each year in Alabama through providing homes for children (largely through Foster Care and in Campus Care homes) and counseling through sister ministry, Pathways Professional Counseling.

I began working at ABCH four years ago, and in that time, God has grown my heart and understanding of what it means to “care for the orphan and widow.” He has also shown me how incredible His body of believers are who serve and sacrifice for children in need, loving them selflessly and desiring they come to know personally the source of this love, Jesus.

alabamachild.org

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Moody Global Ministries

Moody Global Ministries

“D.L. Moody arrived in Chicago in 1856 with dreams of making a fortune in the shoe business. Deeply burdened by the city's poor, uneducated children, Moody's mission quickly shifted to teaching them the Bible. These initial Sunday school meetings in a converted saloon birthed Moody Bible Institute and the ministries that followed.”

I was first introduced to Moody on the radio, (which can also be streamed online), Moody Radio, and I L-O-V-E it, being encouraged with great preaching and Christian talk shows. Being able to provide a small monthly gift also means I receive a new devotional each month in the mail, which is sometimes a daily book study and sometimes topical. All times, it’s just good.

moodybible.org

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WORLDCRAFTS

WORLDCRAFTS

“WorldCrafts develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world. Our vision is to offer an income with dignity and the hope of everlasting life to every person on earth.”

WorldCrafts is a division of WMU, and having spent nearly 7 years working there (WMU), I know with great confidence, these organizations and the efforts they make to serve and support local artisans and missionaries around the world are top notch! WorldCrafts currently serves and supports families in 25 different countries. Check them out, and shop with a purpose!

worldcrafts.org and wmu.com

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Cru

Cru

Also referred to as Campus Crusade for Christ, Cru has been going and growing since 1951, starting ministries in 3 countries by the end of that decade. Nearly 70 years later, their reach spans to 190 countries (!) and there are SO many facets of involvement as they seek to reach the world for Christ.

What I know of Cru is largely related to the college outreach, which is also where the ministry started. We have friends who serve on U.S. and international campuses and also at the headquarters in Orlando.

cru.org

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