Charissa Koh

Charissa is a reporter for WORLD based in Austin, Texas. Follow Charissa on Twitter @CharissaKoh.

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Neighborhood dysfunction

Compassion | San Francisco businesses and residents want the city to change its coronavirus policies for the homeless
by Charissa Koh
Posted 5/27/20, 02:36 pm

One evening in late March, Wayne Earl was preaching at a chapel service for the Bay Area Rescue Mission when a man began coughing uncontrollably. Earl, the shelter’s chaplain and programs specialist, ended his sermon early. He helped the man put on a mask and called an ambulance. The man tested negative for COVID-19 and returned to the mission. The next day, he said he became a Christian. “I was absolutely humbled by the Spirit of God moving here,” Earl said.

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Kevin Schoen

Friends and farewells

Religion | For Maynard and Joan Schoen, the more years of church ministry, the harder the goodbyes
by Charissa Koh
Posted 5/21/20, 05:26 pm

Fourth in a series on long ministry

Fresh out of seminary, Maynard Schoen arrived with his wife, Joan, in Jonesville, Mich., in 1961 to pastor a small church there. The church had 40 people and no bathroom—only an outhouse. Maynard devoted himself to his new role and made friends among the congregation, but he wasn’t destined to stay: After a few years, another church asked him to become its pastor. 

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Community and connection

Books | Books related to counseling
by Charissa Koh
Posted 5/21/20, 05:01 pm

Loving Your Community by Stephen Viars: If a local public school asked to hold its PTA meeting in your church’s sanctuary, what would you say? Viars, a pastor and Biblical counselor, challenges pastors to “say yes unless you have to say no.” For years, his church in Lafayette, Ind., has worked to build relationships with its community. He chronicles that journey, explaining how the church started the outreach ministries it has and why they are worth the time and resources.

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