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March 18, 2020: Church opens COVID-19 testing site, girl escapes captors, lawmakers demand US pastor's release

March 18, 2020: Church opens COVID-19 testing site, girl escapes captors, lawmakers demand US pastor's release

Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

Here are the latest headlines, brought to you by The Christian Post.

— Church of the Highlands opens coronavirus testing site to help up to 500 people daily

The multi-campus Church of the Highlands in Alabama began offering drive-through coronavirus testing at its Grandview campus on Tuesday for residents who have either been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms such as a cough or fever.

Testing is limited to 500 people a day and is only available for those who have symptoms.

— Washington D.C.'s first coronavirus case, Episcopal priest, is doing well

The Reverend Tim Cole, rector at Christ Church Georgetown and the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the nation’s capital, is doing well and still recovering at a hospital, the church said this week.

In a message sent to the congregation on Sunday, members were told that Cole is now “fever free and feeling pretty good.” Other members of the church who contracted the new coronavirus continue to self-quarantine and their health is improving.

— Nigerian Christian teen escapes captors weeks after abduction, forced conversion to Islam

A Nigerian Christian girl who was abducted in January and forced to convert to Islam has finally been reunited with her family. 

The girl was kidnapped on January 5th and forced to marry one of her captors and convert to Islam. She made her escape when a guard posted outside her bedroom door fell asleep.

— Members of Congress demand India release American pastor Bryan Nerren

Members of Congress are demanding that the government of India release a Tennessee pastor who continues to be detained in the country after he first traveled there last October.

Pastor Nerren, who leads the International House of Prayer Ministries in Shelbyville and operates a nonprofit organization called Asian Children’s Education Fellowship, which has been training Sunday School teachers in India and Nepal for 17 years, was targeted and arrested as he stepped off a flight in Bagdogra, India.

U.S. lawmakers said they’re concerned with the health of the pastor’s family, especially his daughter with special needs who has been hospitalized with pneumonia.

— LifeWay creates online Sunday school alternative for kids as churches respond to coronavirus

Lifeway Christian Resources is offering a free, in-home children’s Bible study program available to churches of all denominations that have postponed their services due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

The Digital Pass experience offers parents and their children a Sunday school-like alternative that will provide weekly media-driven kids’ Bible study at home since many churches across the United States have suspended live events and moved worship services online as the nation begins to self-quarantine.

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