After the key Iraqi city of Ramadi recently fell to the Islamic State, an influential New York Times best-selling author wrote a blog post describing the heart wrenching experiences that a group of Iraqi mothers went through to escape ISIS, and in doing so, has helped raise over $500,000 in three days that will assist displaced Iraqi children and families.
Ann Voskamp, who published her best-selling book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are in 2011, travelled to Iraq in March and talked with displaced mothers who are now living out of shipping containers since ISIS has taken over their land.
Voskamp, a 41-year-old Christian, learned about the awful experiences and tough choices those mothers had to make in order to flee from their communities to dodge the wrath of ISIS. more >>
Somerset Academy, a Nevada public charter school, has come under fire from a local pastor after a teacher prohibited his daughter from including a reference to a Bible verse in a class project that asks students to describe themselves using slides.
The student, Mackenzie Frazier, wanted to include a reference to John 3:16 in her "All About Me" assignment; however, her teacher refused to allow her to include a slide with the Bible verse, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Mackenzie's father, Tim Frasier, is a pastor at the local nondenominational Grace Point Church, and learned of the incident last month. more >>
A Georgia Mom is said to be leaning on her Christian faith after she was arrested and shackled because her fourth grade son had too many unexcused absences from school over the past year. The National Association of Parents is now working to vindicate her but a school official says there is more to the story.
Julie Giles, a substitute teacher of Sylvania, has been thanking the public for their prayers and messages of support on Facebook while also sharing Bible scriptures as her family tries to come to grips with a serious legal matter that could result in her being jailed for up to 12 months.
On May 14, the Christian mom was arrested and placed in ankle shackles after officials at the Screven County school district claimed that her 10-year-old honor roll student son, Samuel, had at least 12 unexcused absences, although she says this is not true. more >>
At the graduation ceremony for Clay-Chalksville High School in Jefferson County, Alabama, last week, departing graduate Christian Crawford led the crowd in prayer while a woman in attendance was experiencing a medical emergency.
The video of Crawford, who had previously opened the graduation ceremony with a prepared prayer, later stepped back up to the podium to deliver a spontaneous prayer for the woman. As of Monday, the video had more than 318,000 views on YouTube.
Crawford said the graduates began to receive their diplomas when they heard calls of "medic, medic, medic" in the audience, he told "Fox & Friends" on Monday. more >>
Debbie Lee, mother of the first Navy SEAL to give his life in Iraq, spoke at Ed Young Jr.'s Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, on Sunday, urging greater education on the meaning of Memorial Day and for congregants to reach out to Gold Star families.
Lee's son, Marc Alan Lee, was the first Navy SEAL killed in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom in August of 2006. Lee was killed in Ramadi while exposing himself to enemy fire as a medical team evacuated a wounded Navy SEAL. Lee was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart.
"I've been on a campaign for probably eight or nine years to try and educate people about Memorial Day," Lee declared. "Memorial Day is not Veterans Day. It is not Armed Forces Day. This is not the time we corporatlly or nationally recognize our veterans that served. more >>
The mental plight of American servicemen returning home from war zones has been well documented by various groups and news organizations. Politicians and activists alike have noted the high rates of suicide and substance abuse among veterans, mentally wounded by their experiences overseas.
In the United States, there are many churches and faith-based organizations that are seeking to help returning veterans cope with life after combat.
One group is known as the Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs and was founded by veteran and MMA fighter Chad Robichaux. One church affiliated with Mighty Oaks is The Life Church, a Virginia congregation with campuses in Manassas and Winchester. more >>