Nick Vujicic, the "limbless" evangelist of Life Without Limbs ministry, plans to launch a new Web series documenting his travels this year to 24 countries where he preached the Gospel and shined a light into the lives of thousands and in some cases, tens of thousands who turned out at every event to hear him.
"This world really needs hope. This world really needs direction. This world really needs truth," says Vujicic in the four-minute promotional video for his "World Outreach" Web series.
The "World Outreach" series, which officially launches Dec. 16, is a first for Vujicic, whose story of finding strength and purpose for life in Christ has won him many admirers and supporters around the world. The 31-year-old married father has a rare disorder called tetra-amelia syndrome, resulting in his lack of limbs. Vujicic has often testified of attempting suicide as a child and growing depressed due to his disabilities, before realizing as a teen that his story could serve as encouragement to others. more >>
The Los Angeles City Council is considering a ban on the feeding of homeless people in public spaces even as the city's homeless population has dramatically defied a national decline.
The county's homeless population stands at 57,737, a 15 percent increase from 2011 to 2013, reports the Department of Housing and Urban Development. As the population moves into areas like West Hollywood, Venice and Brentwood, it has frustrated homeowners and led two city council members, Tom LaBonge and Mitch O'Farrell, to introduce a resolution that would ban outdoor feeding.
But even while the rest of the city grapples with the influx of homeless people, the majority of them are still concentrated in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Skid Row. Back in the 1970s, the city decided to intentionally concentrate homeless and drug addiction services like missions, shelters and recovery centers in the neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. more >>
Victory Outreach International, a ministry organization with churches worldwide, is committed to community outreach programs throughout several cities including Oakland, Calif. where sex workers have made parts of the city a prostitution hub.
Each week, members of the ministry's church in Oakland take to the streets to talk women into leaving the sex industry as they pray for them and offer shelter. Their focus is International Boulevard, an area known as Oakland's sex strip where oftentimes outreach members are careful not to interfere with the prostitute's pimps.
"There are very few groups who are willing to do what Victory Outreach does, approach the young girls and the pimps and the johns without a badge," said Oakland council member Noel Gallo, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. more >>
Rob Bell, Christian author and former megachurch pastor, recently appeared on comedian Pete Holmes' late-night show and attempted to offer a theology lesson during an amusing surfing segment and nearly lost it during another bit dubbed "Profound/Profane" while trying to convince the show's studio audience that "everybody believes in something."
Bell, appearing on the Dec. 3 broadcast of Holmes' show, treated the comedian to a surfing (mostly falling) lesson, and shared the message he believes Jesus modeled.
"Jesus talked about how to live a particular kind of life now," said Bell. "Compassion, grace, generosity, standing up to injustice, being a person of integrity." more >>
Paul Walker's co-star in the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise, Tyrese Gibson, had a heart-wrenching breakdown while visiting the site of the crash where his friend died in Valencia, Calif., on Saturday.
Gibson, a Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter, actor and former fashion model was captured in a just over 2-minute video posted on popular entertainment site World Star Hip Hop in an overwhelming moment of grief, staring at the place Walker died.
The star, who had a yellow flower in his hand in the video, stared briefly at the scene before he began crying openly, disregarding a throng of onlookers, many of whom were busy snapping pictures and recording him on video. more >>
Speed was a factor in the death of Paul Walker, actor and star of the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise, in Saturday's explosive car crash involving a Porsche, according to an official in Los Angeles, Calif.
The light pole that was knocked down by a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT carried a 45 mph speed limit sign, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office told CNN on Sunday.
The 40-year-old actor was in the passenger seat of the car that was being driven by a racing team partner. The car exploded after hitting the light pole in a business park in the Valencia neighborhood in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood. more >>