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Episode 37: How COVID is still affecting churches, a Christian sniper dies in Ukraine, and refugees helping refugees in Austria, plus BONUS Bible bowling with Jonathan Stormant

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It's been two full years since most congregations tried to "get back to normal" after COVID turned the world outside in in 2020 and 2021. Our first guest, Aaron Hill, headed up a nationwide study of how COVID is still affecting congregations and what those lingering effects portend for the future. Our second guest, American missionary Brandon Price, reports "from the ground" on both sides of the Ukrainian border, where he brings the sad news of a young ministry student who lost his life defending Ukraine. Our third guest, Reggy Hiller, brings us news from Vienna, Austria, where an influx of Afghan and Iranian refugees are accepting the Gospel and now joining the local church in caring for new refugees arriving from Ukraine. PLUS, listen to the "Bible Bowl Bonus" segment after the end credits to find out how much obscure Bible trivia we can get out of Christian author, preacher, and teacher Jonathan Stormant.

Segment One: How COVID is still affecting congregations (Aaron Hill, ChurchSalary.com) 

Link “The Impact of COVID-19 on the American Church” from ChurchSalary.com

Link to the ‘COVID and the Church’ podcast series from Christianity Today

Segment Two: A report on how Christians are doing “on the ground” on both sides of the Ukrainian border (Brandon Price, Ukrainian Bible Institute)

Link to Erik Tryggestad’s Christian Chronicle report on recent deaths among Christians in Ukraine

Link to Ukrainian Bible Institute

Link to Sunset International Bible Institute Global Relief Ministries

Link to Program for Humanitarian Aid

Segment Three: How Afghan, African, and Iranian refugees are becoming Christians and helping Ukrainian refugees in Vienna, Austria (Reggy Hiller)

Note: The music between Segments Two and Three is four Ukrainian refugees singing Amazing Grace in their native language. Recording provided by Reggy Hiller.

Link to Christian Chronicle report on Afghan, African, and Iranian refugees helping Ukrainian refugees in Austria

To donate funds to support the community of Christian refugees from Afghanistan, Africa, Iran, and Ukraine in Austria, please choose one of the following stewards of your gift:

Hillcrest Church of Christ

Attention: Pam Copeland McGrew

650 East Ambler Avenue

Abilene, Texas 79601

Southwest Church of Christ

4011 West Bellfort

Houston, Texas 77025

Gwinnett Church of Christ

Attention: Dwight Melson

[email protected]

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Transcript

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