Ministries

Difference makers

2010 Hope Awards | Iowa's Freedom for Youth named Midwest regional winner in Hope Award contest
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 5/07/10, 08:53 am

One WORLD reader commented about our coverage of compassionate ministries, "People say, 'Isn't it depressing to see so much ­poverty-how can you make any real difference?' Our response is, 'We cannot solve world hunger-but we bring our meager two fish and seven loaves and trust God for the result.'" Amen.

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Surrogate parents

2010 Hope Awards | New Horizons builds relationship triangles with prisoners and their newborn children
by Daniel Olasky
Posted 4/09/10, 08:38 am

CAÑON CITY, Colo.-Fremont County, Colo., is proud of its prisons. The county has 13 of them, nine state and four federal institutions that communities like Cañon City welcome for the boost they bring to the local economies. The prisoners, bused in under guard, serve their terms and upon release return to the state's urban centers. For Cañon City, in the foothills south of Pike's Peak, prisoners represent wealth: They bring in dollars and take their problems back home with them.

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Loving discipline

2010 Hope Awards | Troubled teens find mentors and more at Youth Horizons
by Daniel Olasky
Posted 4/09/10, 08:38 am

WICHITA, Kan.-Gospel singer Earnest Alexander wears many hats at Youth Horizons, the Wichita ministry he helped found 24 years ago. As president of the ministry, he leads a full-time staff of 12, and his gospel concerts at churches across the country are a major source of its funding. But right now, he might as well be wearing a drill sergeant's campaign hat. Face framed by a salt-and-pepper afro, with a multi-colored cardigan draped around his bulk, Alexander is usually more teddy bear than grizzly, but he's not passing up this chance to mentor a youth.

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