Monica Hawkins is the author of A Shattered Heart: A Journey of Hope, Trust, and Healing, which details her experience after losing her son to gun violence. Hawkins spoke with The Christian Post about the role faith played in her healing and how she hopes to help others dealing with a similar loss.
"My faith is the core of my healing and without my relationship with God, the grief would have caused me to be angry, hopeless and depressed. But God came to heal my broken heart," Hawkins explained. "Even when I questioned, 'Where are you God?' He was right there and He continues to comfort me and heal my heart."
Hawkins' son Donte was murdered in May 2012 and attended Clarion University, working towards a degree in criminal justice. After his murder, Hawkins was left devastated and confused about what had happened and why it had happened to his family. She now has a ministry in speaking to other families about overcoming tragedy. more >>
As shocking as the Muslim-run sex ring in Rotherham, England may seem to some—1,400 British children as young as 11 plied with drugs before being passed around and sexually abused in cabs and kabob shops—the fact is that this phenomenon is immensely widespread. In the United Kingdom alone, it's the fifth sex abuse ring led by Muslims to be uncovered.
Some years back in Australia, a group of "Lebanese Muslim youths" were responsible for a "series of brutal gang rapes" of "Anglo-Celtic teenage girls." A few years later in the same country, four Muslim Pakistani brothers raped at least 18 Australian women, some as young as 13. Even in the United States, a gang of Somalis—Somalia being a Muslim nation where non-Muslims, primarily Christians, are ruthlessly persecuted—was responsible for abducting, buying, selling, raping and torturing young American girls as young as 12.
The question begs itself: If Muslim minorities have no fear of exploiting "infidel" women and children in non-Muslim countries—that is, where Muslims themselves are potentially vulnerable minorities—how are Muslims throughout the Islamic world, where they are dominant, treating their vulnerable, non-Muslim minorities? more >>
A report by the Dutch Safety Board into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that fell in Eastern Ukraine in July, killing all 298 people on board, has found evidence that the plane was hit by "numerous objects." Separate eyewitness accounts said that Russians were operating the BUK missile launcher that is suspected of destroying the plane.
"Damage observed on the forward fuselage and cockpit section of the aircraft appears to indicate that there were impacts from a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft," the report read.
"The pattern of damage observed in the forward fuselage and cockpit section of the aircraft was not consistent with the damage that would be expected from any known failure mode of the aircraft, its engines or systems. The fact that there were many pieces of aircraft structure distributed over a large area, indicated that the aircraft broke up in the air." more >>
Pennsylvania mother Ann Whalen has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for giving her 16-year-old daughter pills to cause a miscarriage.
Whalen's daughter became pregnant in 2012 and decided that she did not want the baby; Whalen told police that she could not find a local abortion clinic and did not want to take her daughter out of the state to have the procedure, which would have been 74 miles away, according to Reuters. Instead, she went online and ordered the pills from a company abroad.
Unfortunately, after taking the pills, the girl (now 18), experienced extreme abdominal pain and bleeding and was hospitalized with an "incomplete abortion and a urinary tract infection," records state. The hospital informed police of the situation, which led to Whalen's arrest. She was charged with giving her daughter pills to induce abortion – Pennsylvania law requires that a physician be present for the procedure. more >>
A 22-year-old West Palm Beach, Florida, pastor who police say was shot in the head when stranger fired bullets at him during a road rage incident in July, recently declared at a fundraiser for his family that "angels took the bullet for me."
"I've come to lift up the name of Jesus," screamed the young pastor and father of two, Steven Simon, into a microphone still sporting a bandage on his forehead at the St. John Haitian United Methodist Church in Boynton Beach where the fundraiser was held two Saturdays ago, according to WPTV.
"I can say that there were angels that took the bullet for me … and you could literally see where the bullet had stopped. It was almost like God said, 'you can't go any further than this,'" he added with conviction as the church erupted in praise. more >>
Eight days before 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, he received his high school diploma from Normandy High School in the Normandy School District near Ferguson.
In January 2013, Normandy district schools lost their accreditation from the Missouri state Board of Education because of poor performance on standardized tests and poor graduation rates.
The 2014 evaluations have just been issued from the state board and the Normandy district score has dropped even further from last year. Scores are based on compiling results of a number of different performance measures and in order to remain accredited, a district needs a score of 70. The latest score of the Normandy district was below 10. more >>