NEW YORK — Thousands of people flocked to New York City's iconic Central Park on Saturday, to sway to the sweet sounds of Matt Redman and Mandisa and to have their hearts pricked by the preaching of Argentinian evangelist Luis Palau.
They stood for hours in defiance of the burdensome heat, leaned against gray metal railings and lay sprawled out on towels on the brilliant green grass. Some watched from yards away, eyeing the giant screens above and on either side of the stage while amplifiers carried melodies from Hezekiah Walker, Marcos Witt and Chris Tomlin through the air.
Others got as close as they could to the stage. Although it was closest to the stage that the sun seemed most brazen and should have been causing the most misery, the people there looked more elated than annoyed — apparently too caught up with the music or the messages for something as trivial as the sun to bother them. more >>
NEW YORK — Ever since witnessing just how much evangelism coupled with good works can impact communities and even bring Christians together, Kevin Palau, son of popular Latin American evangelist Luis Palau, says he has been captivated by the idea of "unity."
It all began 30 years ago, when he started working with The Luis Palau Association, the organization supporting his father's global evangelism ministry. But instead of working there for three decades, Palau was only supposed to be at the nonprofit for one year. That's what he had in mind anyway.
As Palau explains in his book Unlikely: Setting Aside Our Differences to Live Out the Gospel, after graduating from Wheaton College, he was hoping that a stint supporting his father's ministry would be a good way to help pay off the student loans he had accumulated over the years. more >>
A few years ago, Adrien Neely was getting ready to have lunch at the food court inside the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia but he couldn't find himself a vacant table. So Neely asked a woman eating alone if he could join her and she obliged. "What do you do here?" the woman soon asked him. "I am a chaplain," Neely replied. She was shocked.
"What would a chaplain be doing at the airport?" she asked Neely as she tried to recover from the surprise. "Well, you see all these thousands of people milling around? Not all of these people are going on vacations. Some of them are going to funerals and to visit loved ones in hospitals," Neely said.
The woman broke down shortly after he said that. She told Neely her husband had died two months earlier and she was just then returning from the funeral of one of their best friends. more >>
The audio Bible recording company Faith Comes By Hearing has distributed over 500,000 digital audio Gospels, about the size of a pack of gum, to U.S. military troops, which allows them to continue learning the Gospel while they're deployed away from their families, homes and churches.
The device, which fits conveniently inside of troops' pockets, is called the Military BibleStick and comes preloaded with the entire New Testament and specially selected Psalms. The device is also durable enough to withstand wet and rainy weather conditions.
NEW YORK — How much does it cost to show and prove that Christians care about more than just converting people but also take Jesus' mandate to love others as themselves at face value? Well, if you're in New York City, it apparently costs $10 million.
That's the budget set aside (more than 90 percent of which has been raised) for The Luis Palau Association's NY CityServe project that couples Christian evangelism with good works in an effort to build long-lasting relations between believers and their neighbors, and connect believers with other believers.
New York City is home to more than 8 million people, representing various ethnicities, languages and religious beliefs. Protestants, less than 30 percent of the city's population, are scattered throughout the city's five boroughs and gather over the weekend in empty school auditoriums and storefront tabernacles or in big concert halls and equally massive church buildings. more >>
An Islamic theologian responsible for teaching ISIS militants "jihad 101" has turned to the Bible after growing "sick of the killing" and finding himself yearning for something "better," according to a Christian missionary who works in the Middle East.
The Christian missionary, introduced as just "Julian" during a recent interview on The Voice of the Martyrs Radio program, believes "ISIS is being used to reveal something of the dark heart of Islam."
"As I say that I feel a bit reticent because I know that many, many Muslims want to distance themselves and are embarrassed by it and are great people," Julian added. "And we should not see our Muslim neighbors as terrorists ... but as neighbors who want to be a regular part of the community. But nevertheless, some of this evil stuff is being exposed as never before." more >>