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Steven and Harriet Gaither, a retired couple who benefited from one of Eastern Star Church's programs, stand in front of their first home. Photo courtesy of Eastern Star Church

Church's money management lessons lead to transformation in an impoverished neighborhood

Eastern Star Church is helping bring hope to the 46218 ZIP code in Indianapolis through housing initiatives, social services, a grocery store, financial coaching and more.

Participants in programs at the Boston Faith & Justice Network are empowered to take concrete action, such as tending fields, to transform communities. Photos courtesy of BFJN

A justice network equips participants to live simply, give generously

Through various programs on economic discipleship, the Boston Faith & Justice Network is inspiring Christians to put biblical values into practice, including rethinking how they’re spending their time and money.

The young adults who work at Village Wrench do not need to have experience fixing bikes. They just need to have a passion for helping the community. Photos courtesy of Village Wrench

A faith-driven bike shop teaches repair skills and helps provide bicycles to its neighbors

Village Wrench in West Greenville, South Carolina, helps meet tangible needs such as bike repair and transportation. But it also offers youth development and a community gathering place.

Hope Citadel Healthcare in Greater Manchester, England, embraces a holistic approach to wellness that includes more than just medical care -- its clinics offer counseling services, mothers' groups and food pantries, among other services. Photos courtesy of Laura Neilson

Laura Neilson: Christian faith motivates a new model of health care for the poor

A British medical student, angry at the idea that a for-profit company would make money offering inferior treatment to her impoverished neighbors, founded her own clinic rooted in her Christian faith.

Windsor Jones and Country pause for a moment at the Common Soles clinic hosted by Church of the Common Ground, where Jones washed Country's feet. Photos by Branden Camp

A church without walls offers unconditional acceptance to people who are homeless

Church of the Common Ground, an Episcopal congregation in Atlanta, avoids the usual attempts to “fix” people who are living on the streets. Instead, it seeks to be a living witness of love and compassion.

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