Charissa Koh

Charissa is a WORLD reporter who often writes about poverty fighting and prison reform, including profiling ministries in the annual Hope Awards for Effective Compassion competition. She is also a part of WORLD's investigative unit, the Caleb Team. Charissa resides with her husband, Josh, in Austin, Texas. Follow her on Twitter @CharissaKoh.

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Pell Grants for prisoners

Compassion | Bipartisan support grows for helping inmates pay for a college education
by Charissa Koh
Posted 9/30/20, 05:57 pm

Kate Watkins remembers reading an article about Lipscomb University’s prison education program in 2007 when she was a graduate student there. The program brought classes and traditional students from the Christian school in Nashville, Tenn., into a nearby women’s prison so inmates could participate.

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Spiritual guidance in a confusing world

Books | Four counseling books
by Charissa Koh
Posted 9/24/20, 11:36 am

You’re Not Enough (And That’s Okay) by Allie Beth Stuckey: Sometimes worldly lies can sneak into churches and books labeled Christian. Stuckey takes on five common lies women hear, including “You are enough,” “You determine your truth,” and “You’re perfect the way you are.” Stuckey explains where to look for these lies and the Biblical truth that corrects them. But she also explains the grain of truth in each lie—why they sometimes seem to resonate but leave women feeling empty.

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Lives in sync

Marriage | Despite his blindness, Smokey Nevins and his wife Patty raised a large family and learned to care for each other
by Charissa Koh
Posted 9/23/20, 11:50 pm


Robert “Smokey” Nevins met his future wife at California’s Sacramento State University. Smokey, born blind, needed someone to drive him to a music appreciation class, so he checked the school’s list of assistant readers for, he said, “girls with pretty names.” He decided to call Patricia.

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