An Indiana megachurch is giving away its biggest Christmas Offering ever – more than $1 million – to help fund Bible translation projects in Asia.
Each year, College Park Church in Indianapolis holds a special collection the Sunday before Christmas to support a specific missions project in one of the neediest parts of the world. The most recent Christmas Offering, collected Dec. 22, is being donated to the world's largest scripture translation organization, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA.
"We're committed to the scriptures and believe that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, so we feel the most important thing we can do for people around the world that don't have the Bible is to provide the scripture in their heart language," said Nate Irwin, College Park's pastor of global outreach. more >>
College Park Church in Indianapolis, Ind., has selected this year Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, the world's largest Scripture translation organization, as the recipient of its annual Christmas Offering, a special collection meant to assist Christian missions.
The Indiana megachurch, which has averaged $600,000 in recent years for the special holiday offering, will donate the money collected during its three services on Sunday, Dec. 22 to the Christian nonprofit.
"At College Park Church, we have a particular passion that those who have never had an opportunity to hear about Jesus may do so, and thereby may find life in Him," said Nate Irwin, pastor of global outreach at the church. more >>
An Indiana pastor was convicted of three counts of child molestation by a jury on Tuesday.
Otis Benard Jetter, 71, was arrested in December 2012. At the time of his arrest, he was a pastor of Indianapolis-based Pilgrim Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
An Indiana church recently opened the state's largest food pantry that will benefit thousands of families each month and serve its community through workshops, aimed to help individuals in need gain fundamental life skills.
For years, Mount Pleasant Christian Church in Greenwood, Ind., has operated two food pantries in different locations. Now the new pantry, The Community Ministry Center, housed in a 15,000 square-foot facility, will combine the resources found in both locales to serve over 3,000 families each month.
"The vision for this ministry is to be able to offer classes that help with fundamental life skills, skills that will improve the quality of daily life for our clients," said Tracy Watson, the ambassador coordinator for Mount Pleasant, to The Christian Post. "Offering food and clothing will help meet their immediate needs, but we are looking forward to investing in their lives." more >>
After working with the company for 10 years, a manager of a Pizza Hut in Elkhart, Ind., said he was fired from his job for refusing a "greedy, immoral" request from his superiors to work on Thanksgiving Day.
The now unemployed ex-manager, Tony Rohr, who worked his way up from being a cook to become general manager at Elkhart's Jackson Boulevard Pizza Hut, told WSBT 22 that he was recently informed by superiors that opening on Thanksgiving this year was mandatory.
At a follow-up meeting he said he protested the request because he wanted his employees to spend the day with their families. more >>
An Indiana mother suffering from bipolar disorder is seeking medical treatment after attempting to murder her infant son by suffocating him with a sock and laying him face down in a closet.
Sasha Hunt, a 22-year-old of Berne, Indiana, was arrested after an Oct. 13 incident when she reportedly bound her three-month old son's hands with duct tape and put a sock in a mouth to gag him, holding the sock in place with duct tape. She then laid the infant face down in the closet on top of a pillow, reportedly with the intent that he would suffocate.
Luckily, the woman's husband, Nathan, had just come back from running a quick errand when he heard muffled cries coming from somewhere inside the house. Although Sasha tried to stop him, Nathan was successful in finding the infant boy and removing his gag before he lost consciousness. The father told police he initially thought the sound was coming from his one-year-old daughter's room, but ultimately discovered their infant boy in the closet. more >>