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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Baseball star gives $9 million property to Christian camp

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/20/17, 11:30 am

A major league baseball player is pitching in to help chronically ill and special needs children. Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, are donating a mansion and 100 acres of land in southwest Missouri to Camp Barnabas, a Christian charity that provides camps for people with disabilities. The 32,000 square-foot home is worth more than $9 million.

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