A Baptist church in Idaho whose members were detained in Haiti for attempting to move children to the Dominican Republic said Sunday that its team was “falsely arrested” and it is working to “clear up the misunderstanding.”
A ten-member team from several Baptist churches in the United States was arrested by Haitian officials Saturday after trying to take 33 children across the border to the Dominican Republic. The church members say they are bringing the children to an orphanage where they will be given medical and emotional care.
But authorities are concerned about child trafficking, a serious problem in quake-devastated Port-au-Prince where thousands of children are without parents or guardians. more >>
Some of the Christian music industry’s brightest stars have auctioned off a priceless guitar, produced an all-star recording and donated their own money and urged fans to do the same to help Haiti’s quake victims.
Singer/songwriter Bebo Norman, known for his hit song “Great Light of the World” among others, decided with his wife Roshare to auction off a cherished guitar he has had for ten years and donate all the money to Compassion International for Haiti relief.
The hand-made Everett Laurel guitar was a gift to Norman by the builder himself, Kent Everett. It is the first production (Number 00-01) in the Laurel Series. more >>
Wall Street leaders are being called to donate a tenth of their expected bonuses this year to help rebuild Haiti.
Church World Service, which consists of 36 Christian denominations and communions, announced Wednesday its new campaign, “Bonus4Haiti.” The global humanitarian agency is urging Americans to call on Wall Street to commit 10 percent of its bonuses to Haiti.
Americans can put pressure on Wall Street by signing CWS’ Facebook Cause page, tweeting about the campaign and using the Internet to spread the message, “Tell corporate CEOs that to whom much is given, much is expected. Please tithe your bonuses to Haiti!” more >>
Do you know this word? The dictionary defines it as:
“An event that brings terrible loss, lasting distress, or severe affliction; a disaster” (www.dictionary.com) more >>
Amid countless piles of rubble and the stench of death permeating Haiti, Christians throughout the devastated country are still able to find something to sing about.
"Our missionaries tell us in Port-au-Prince [people] still put on their best clothes and walked to church this past Sunday," Assemblies of God General Superintendent Dr. George O. Wood said in a recent Haiti update.
Church buildings throughout the Caribbean island were destroyed by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit two weeks ago. Some pastors have set up chairs and makeshift stages outside as temporary locations for worship services. more >>
A newly formed group of evangelicals led by some well-known figures called for the cancellation of Haiti’s foreign debt on Friday.
Headed by the Rev. Richard Cizik, former vice president for governmental affairs at the National Association of Evangelicals, the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good says Christians are called to have a “spirit of compassion for the grieving, the injured and the displaced, and to take action to alleviate their suffering.”
“We believe that Jesus calls us to work together to set free those who are held captive by debt. This call is especially acute in times of crisis,” the group has expressed in statement. more >>