Pastor Rick Warren of California's Saddleback Church, who is in Rwanda for the 20th anniversary of the genocide in the East African country, highlighted the role of spiritual leaders in helping rebuild the heart of the nation, just as government and business leaders helped rebuild Rwanda's politics and stability.
"God has blessed Rwanda in so many ways; so how does God want us to show our thanks to Him?" Warren asked a crowd of more than 15,000 people at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali on Sunday, according to a press release by his church.
"Thank God for the three different kinds of leaders He has used to build a new Rwanda — government leaders to rebuild the structure, business leaders to rebuild the stability and spiritual leaders to rebuild the heart of the nation," said Warren, whose church has been implementing The PEACE Plan in Rwanda since 2005, when Rwandan President Paul Kagame personally invited him to help make the country the first "Purpose Driven" nation. more >>
Prophet TB Joshua, one of Nigeria's most controversial and richest preachers according to Forbes, recently announced that he sent more than 4,000 bottles of his powerful anointing water, which users claim has worked many miracles, to help victims of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Liberia.
"Prophet T.B. Joshua announced in The SCOAN Saturday Prayer Line that 4,000 bottles of New Anointing Water have arrived in the nation of Sierra Leone, alongside $50,000 in humanitarian aid, to support the ongoing crises there caused by the disease of Ebola," explained a post on the Facebook page of TB Joshua Ministries.
"The Anointing Water was sent in a private jet that cost an additional $50,000 to charter, making $100,000 given by Prophet T.B. Joshua and the Emmanuel TV Partners to reach out to the troubled nation," it ended. more >>
Hillsong Music is celebrating an astonishing 10 Dove Award nominations received this week, including Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.
The numerous awards were announced at the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards press conference on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Today, the group is celebrating the recognition by honoring God.
"We are honored to receive these nominations for Dove Awards and are humbled that people listen to our music," the Hillsong Music Team said in a statement. "We pray that it always points them to Jesus. To God be the Glory!" more >>
Egypt's most influential Muslim cleric has recently denounced the terrorist group commonly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, considered the North African nation's highest religious authority, said on the state news agency MENA that ISIS "poses a danger to Islam and Muslims."
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and author of The Purpose Driven Life, announced plans earlier this week at a press conference in Kigali, Rwanda, to host an unprecedented gathering of pastors and church leaders from all 54 African nations in conjunction with a national day of Thanksgiving next year.
The All Africa Purpose Driven Church Congress, which is planned for August 6-10, 2015, will be held during Rwanda Shima Imana, a relatively new celebration in Rwanda, a "Day of Thanksgiving" to celebrate reconciliation and gratitude on the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.
The conference will be the first of five annual continent-wide conferences to take place by 2020, with the second planned to be held in Latin America in 2016, organizers said. more >>
A two-year old boy from Guinea who died in December is suspected to be patient zero in the current outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa, which has killed over 960 people. Scientists are meanwhile hoping that the first vaccine against the deadly disease will be ready by 2015.
The boy, who wasn't named, apparently fell ill in a village in Guéckédou in southeastern Guinea, which is in the intersection with Sierra Leone and Liberia, giving the disease an entry point in all three countries. The New York Times reported that the boy died on Dec. 6, and a week later Ebola killed the boy's mother, his 3-year-old sister, and his grandmother. The family displayed symptoms of the virus, including fever, vomiting and diarrhea, but did not identify Ebola as the reason.
Two mourners at the grandmother's funeral reportedly carried the virus home to their village, while a health worker there carried it to yet another village. By March, when the Ebola outbreak was recognized by the World Health Organization, dozens of people had died in eight Guinean communities, and suspected cases were being announced in Liberia and Sierra Leone. more >>