Ministries
James Allen Walker for WORLD

Building bridges

2010 Hope Awards | New York program uses the power of mentoring to reach fatherless youth
by Daniel Olasky
Posted 7/01/10, 05:37 am

LONG ISLAND, N.Y.- It's the closing ceremony for the Breakfast Club reading program at Bay Shore, New York's Fifth Avenue Elementary School. First and second graders chatter and giggle with the prospect of a long summer ahead of them. They assault the table loaded with bacon, eggs, fresh fruit, and bagels, then take their trays to fold-down tables and eat happily, ready for a full day of school.

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James Allen Walker for WORLD

A rock in a hard place

2010 Hope Awards | In a neighborhood filled with hopelessness, Rock Ministries provides consistency, family, and more
by Daniel Olasky
Posted 7/01/10, 05:37 am

PHILADELPHIA-The Blue Line El that runs overhead casts a permanent shadow over North Philadelphia's Kensington Avenue. On the side streets it's a beautiful late-spring day: The sun is shining, the air is warm, a few cotton-candy clouds dot the limitless blue sky. It's almost possible to forget that you are standing in Kensington, one of America's worst urban slums.

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Let the voting begin

2010 Hope Awards | Once you've read and watched, please vote-one vote per person-for the ministry you think best embodies effective compassion
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/01/10, 05:37 am

We profile three more excellent ministries in this issue. This time they're from the Northeast-Rock Ministries in Philadelphia, Penn., Long Island Youth Mentoring in Long Island, N.Y., and Straight Ahead Ministries in Lynn, Mass.-but they share the same DNA as the nine profiled in the previous three months: Strong commitment to Christ, self-sacrificing leaders and volunteers, perseverance despite organizational poverty.

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