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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.

CitySeed staff member Frankie Douglas, a local volunteer, Sudanese chef Badria Ali and CitySeed fellow Lucy Zhu prepare food for a World Refugee Day bazaar in June 2018. Photos courtesy of Sanctuary Kitchen

Sanctuary Kitchen transforms refugees' lives through the power of food

Scholars reflecting on Muslim and Christian traditions of gratitude receive a meal -- and a lesson in thanksgiving -- from an organization that offers jobs and community to refugees.

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.

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