Charissa Koh

Charissa is a reporter for WORLD.

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Inside the outbreak: Scarry times in scary times, Chapter 7

Health | What do people do all day—in social isolation?
by Charissa Koh & Hannah Harris
Posted 3/27/20, 12:19 pm

Today’s edition of What Do Socially Isolated People Do All Day? features two examples from outside the United States. If you are stuck in social isolation, we’d love to hear how you’re using the time: Email 100 words of description to

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Beth Wilcox

A pastor by night

Marriage | The strain of bivocational ministry and a battle with anger almost destroyed Robert and Juanita Hall’s marriage
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/26/20, 01:53 pm

13th in a series on long marriages

Frustrated, Pastor Robert Hall walked into the hospital. He’d come to visit a dying church member but hadn’t been able to get the day off from his landscaping job. When he finally made it to the hospital, the man’s room was empty: He had already died.

“Something snapped in me,” Hall recalls. He told God, “I’m not doing what You’ve called me to do well. This is ridiculous.”

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Changing the way they help

Compassion | WORLD’s 2019 Hope Awards winners cope with the COVID-19 outbreak
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/25/20, 05:27 pm

As the new coronavirus pandemic extends into another week, many Americans face reduced hours and pay or no jobs at all. Communities need the assistance of nonprofit groups like the winners of WORLD’s 2019 Hope Awards for Effective Compassion even more at this time. The spread of the disease makes it harder to help the poor, but the ministries’ reliance on God provides hope and clarifies their purpose.

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