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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Archeologists discover more Dead Sea Scrolls

by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/16/21, 05:25 pm

The Israel Antiquity Authority on Tuesday announced it found nearly 80 first-century parchment fragments containing Greek text of the minor prophets Zechariah and Nahum. It’s the first new scroll discovery in the area in 60 years. Archeologists believe the pieces come from a scroll placed in the cave during the Jewish Bar Kochba Revolt against Rome between A.D. 132 and 136. The researchers also discovered a 6,000-year-old mummified child skeleton and what could be the oldest known intact woven basket in the world.

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Family tapestries

Adoption | Transracial adoption brings unique challenges, but intentional parenting can help multiracial families thrive
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/11/21, 04:02 pm

On the first day of March, several members of the Kyner family sat around their kitchen. Anna, 16, wore her blond hair in two braids and sat at a round kitchen table. High-school senior Noël leaned against a counter and talked about studying at community college while figuring out the best degree for pursuing missions work. Their goldendoodle lay sprawled out on the floor beside the table.

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From riots to reconciliation

Religion | Pastor Myrue Spivey says God revealed over the years his need to love all people
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/11/21, 08:56 am

Sixth in a series on long ministry

Although Myrue Spivey grew up attending church with his devout mother, he became disillusioned with Chris­tianity after seeing pastors live hypocritically. As a teenager living in Melbourne, Fla., in the early 1960s, he embraced the cause of black nationalism, seeking freedoms and political power for African Americans. With two friends, he sought “to riot and create ethnic divisions” in Norfolk, Va., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Melbourne.

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