The charitable community

Welfare | Charity reform ideas from the heartland
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 4/24/18, 10:02 am

James Whitford received a doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, then moved on from rehabbing bodies to rehabbing lives. Whitford and his wife, Marsha, have given birth not only to five children but to the Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission in Joplin, Mo., a city of 50,000. Here are edited excerpts of our interview in front of Patrick Henry College students.

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Courtesy of World Watch Monitor

A smile in the sorrow

Nigeria | Rebecca Dali has become a lifeline for Nigerians traumatized by abuse and Islamist violence
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/29/18, 05:01 am

Excited chatter filled the air inside a gated compound in the town of Bukuru, just south of Jos in north-central Nigeria. It was graduation morning at the Center for Caring, Empowerment, and Peace Initiatives (CCEPI), and 32 widows and orphans were preparing for a ceremony to celebrate their completion of the center’s skills program. In one bedroom, several women applied makeup and donned matching T-shirts. Outside the compound, staff members loaded a truck with sewing machines, knitting equipment, and computers the students would receive at the ceremony. 

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How $450 revealed God’s heart

Drug Abuse | Finding compassion for the wounded and relapsing
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/12/18, 03:11 pm

Last week I wrote about my friend Joseph (not his real name), whom I met while working on an ongoing series on homelessness. After decades of living on the streets peddling for drugs, Joseph’s story had culminated with a miracle—he sobered up and stayed sober for more than a year at age 50, found a full-time job, and began dreaming of ways to serve God in ministry. But two weeks ago on a Saturday night, he called me asking for help: He had relapsed, and he needed to find a rehab program. 

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