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Love>Fear in Haiti: Kids, Missions, and FREEDOM

God has been doing a mighty work in Haiti in the past few months through the Maryville Vineyard’s partnership with Josh and Amanda Armstrong of Reach Haiti Ministries. Lives are being restored, children are being saved from abject conditions, people are being brought to Christ, and God’s love is being lavished on the people of […]

Blount County Pregnancy Resource Center: Offering Compassion, Support, and Mercy

In the face of an unplanned, often unwanted pregnancy, this refrain echoes: What should I do? Where can I go? Who will help me? Who will help me? Compassion, support, and mercy: three basic human needs that are too frequently absent in a woman’s life in the face of an unplanned and often unwanted pregnancy. […]

The Man Who Walked into the Hornet’s Nest: a story of love found in the most unlikely place

After years of dealing with the old managers, trust me, I’m cynical “Nursing moms and newborns are the people I do battle for. So when I showed up at the apartment Thursday morning, Kelsi and I were pretty upset. There were workers out there getting stuff done, but a note in each resident’s door said […]

What a Hard-Working Person Can Do

“It’s 5 a.m., in the midst of complete darkness, and members of the Pentecostal Church of God in Batey Magdalena are gathered in one of the dusty streets of this sugarcane-cutting community. Worshiping the Lord, they pray for spiritual healing for their people. Claudio, now a civil engineering graduate through our Leadership Development Program, is […]

Girls Who Risk Their Lives for Education-NY Times

“Almost unnoticed, one of the great civil rights struggles of our times is being fought out in our midst. Across the Indian subcontinent, in Afghanistan and in Africa, supporters of universal girls’ education are being threatened, assaulted, bombed and murdered. Within the past two weeks alone, a 41-year-old teacher was gunned down 200 meters from her all-girls […]