Bethany Christian Services has announced the selection of its new Senior Director of Global Programs, Kristi Gleason. In this role, she will oversee the organization’s international programs, including family preservation, domestic and inter-country adoption, and family-based care, which are active in 16 countries. Gleason most recently served as an international services manager with Bethany and has extensive experience in international program development, project management, grand writing, community development, foster care and working with vulnerable children. She has worked in several countries, including Albania, China, Tibet, Haiti and the U.S.
Carolyn Woo, CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), addressed 400 attendees at the 47th annual Social Justice Dinner and Awards in Plantsville, Conn. on behalf of the organization to inspire listeners toward the mission of CRS: to serve those in need, regardless of their beliefs or position in society. She spoke to the actions of CRS, which has been responding to the millions of displaced refugees today and providing aid to survivors of natural disasters worldwide, reports The Catholic Transcript. “You are the church; we are the church,” she said. “Who is our neighbor? Anyone in need.” The 72-year-old organization was founded to serve World War II survivors in Europe and now reaches 85 million people in 101 countries.
Habitat for Humanity International celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its launch of the rebuild of the Gulf Coast region after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita with the “Decade of Dedication Build,” building four homes on F Street in Covington, La. Hosted by Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West, the event also recognized the investment from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) and the community partners who helped revitalize the area. FHLB Dallas has awarded more than $12.8 million in Affordable Housing Program grants to 109 projects, developing more than 1500 homes in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas over the last 10 years. Habitat St. Tammany West has built 245 homes in the area since its opening in 1981 and was the first Habitat affiliate in the state, according to a news release.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has launched its global Chinese website as of Nov. 1, 2015 — Graham’s 97th birthday. The site, gepeili.org, is an extension of Graham’s commitment to China, having visited the country several times. His wife, Ruth Bell Graham, was born in China, and his father-in-law was a missionary there. The new site contains spiritual resources like daily devotions and faith Q&As, as well as information about the Graham family and the BGEA, reports China Christian Daily.
Mission Aviation Fellowship, an organization which uses aviation, technology and training to reach isolated people with Christ’s love, has named two new executive leaders. Rick Dickson will serve as the new Vice President of Finance and CFO, and Aaron Bear will be the Director of Major Funding and Planned Giving. Dickson spent six years as the director of MAF’s Latin America region, served as Senior Director of Field Operations and then Director of Finance beginning in 2014. Bear began with MAF in 2006 and most recently served as director of the MAF Foundation. He is an adjunct professor at George Fox University, Idaho Business Review reports.