James Allen Walker for WORLD

Rebuilding lives

Charity | A century ago, famed journalist Ray Stannard Baker was struck by the testimony of a former "drunken wretch" whose life was transformed when he stumbled into the McAuley Mission in New York City and came to believe "that Jesus Christ had the power to save
by Adam Kail
Posted 11/29/08, 12:00 am

NEW YORK CITY-Many New Yorkers walk past 90 Lafayette Street in downtown Manhattan without knowing they are walking past the New York City Rescue Mission. The three-story yellow-beige brick building is unimpressive. A vertical sign above the entryway reads "New York City" in small, washed-out letters, and "Rescue Mission" in a faded font.

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Funding fears

by Lynn Vincent
Posted 11/15/08, 12:00 am

Will the nation's economic storm zap U.S. charities? While the data won't be in until well after the holiday giving season, the nation's nonprofits are already bracing for a blow.

World Vision's Phillipe Guiton, for example, said his group plans to trim hiring, a move that will likely affect the delivery of overseas aid. "What we are going to do now is to issue an order to reduce spending, to delay recruitment, delay purchases of capital assets, etc., until we can see clearer how much our income has dropped," Guiton said.

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Kovacs Family

'True religion'

Charity | Adoption funds allow the entire church to care for orphans
by Rusty Leonard & Warren Cole Smith
Posted 11/01/08, 12:00 am

When Jason Kovacs and his wife Shawnda were newly married, they developed a strong passion for adopting. "We were convicted by James 1:27, which said that 'true religion' involved looking after orphans," Kovacs said. But as a young couple on the staff at a church-Minneapolis' Bethlehem Baptist Church-the estimated $20,000 needed to adopt a child was simply beyond their means.

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