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Two interns prepare box lunches during the pandemic.

Jesus Mendoza and Gabriela Izaguirre prepare lunches at the Global Blends deli. They are interns with the Baptist Student Ministry at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, which runs the restaurant. Photos by Mark Menjivar

A campus ministry opens a pay-as-you-can deli just as the pandemic hits

When the students at the Baptist Student Ministry in the Rio Grande Valley opened a deli near campus, they knew it was innovative. What they didn’t know was that their restaurant would become a vital source of meals for people in need.

John Gasangwa founded Arise Rwanda Ministries, which is focused on improving life for people in the coffee-growing region of Rwanda. Photos by Bruce Buursma

'Business is the calling God has ordained for me to do'

John Gasangwa, an entrepreneur who grew up in a refugee camp, uses his business training to create jobs in remote western Rwanda. Arise Rwanda Ministries has developed the coffee trade as well as educational and microlending opportunities for people living in the region.

Dancers perform at a Thanksgiving gathering in which Greensboro, North Carolina, residents from different countries and cultures shared a meal.  Photos by York Wilson

How do you build trust between a community and its immigrants? Nonprofit uses four steps to turn strangers into neighbors

The Stranger to Neighbor model is at the heart of FaithAction International House’s work building community by helping U.S.-born residents connect with recently arrived immigrants.

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