Visions of hope amid pandemic

Hope Awards | The coronavirus challenged compassion-providing ministries in new ways
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/10/20, 01:14 pm

This is year 15 of WORLD’s Hope Awards for Effective Compassion, and the strangest. The 100-plus ministries our readers nominated had to adjust their programs in the face of COVID-19. We had to adjust our process of choosing winners. 

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Photo by Robin Rayne/Genesis

Relearning how to live

Hope Awards | Gilgal helps women leaving addiction and homelessness. But some leave before they’re ready, and staff members have to cope with disappointment
by Charissa Koh
Posted 9/10/20, 12:10 pm

In the spring of 2017, a shelter worker handed Rachel Dowdell, 51, a list of recovery programs near Atlanta. “I looked down the list, and I’d heard of all the other places, except Gilgal,” Dowdell said. When she called, case manager Deborah Moore explained that the 12-month program was Christ-centered and for women only. “Her voice is so kind. It’s like she wanted me here,” Dowdell remembered. She agreed to go, but while waiting for an opening, Dowdell relapsed into drug use. 

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Overflow of love

Hope Awards | The Overflow Café provides a place for Christians to build friendships and make disciples. But keeping the shop open is a struggle
by Charissa Koh
Posted 9/10/20, 11:23 am

Dudley and Anna Parr sat inside the Overflow Café in Cambridge, Md. The small café was empty except for two workers and a lone customer, Eddie. Rain drizzled down its large windows. Dudley’s cell phone rang: “Hey, bud, what’s up?” He listened for a moment, then asked, “What do you need?” Another pause. “Call the Salvation Army directly and ask them.” He hung up and looked at his wife. A man wanted to borrow a dress shirt, but Dudley is the wrong size. 

Such calls are routine for Dudley Parr. 

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