The new film "Selma" from Indie film director Ava DuVernay is shining a spotlight on both Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for civil rights and the racial unrest that exists in the U.S. today.
The must-see film of the year, "Selma" opens with a scene between King and his wife, Coretta (David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo, respectively), in Norway where he's being honored with a Nobel Peace Prize. Oyelowo (pronounced oh-yellow-oh) is hypnotic with silent expressions that pack more meaning than any dialogue could ever provide. After carefully studying King's voice, stature and expressions, Oyelowo commands the role of the iconic civil rights leader.
Within the first five minutes of the film, Oyelowo's take on King's acceptance speech sends lightning bolts through the theater, almost bringing the audience to their feet in applause as if they are present at the ceremony. more >>
A Christian organization that runs a restorative shelter program in the U.S. for women recovering from domestic human trafficking has pointed out ahead of National Human Trafficking Prevention month in January that anyone can be pulled into sex trafficking — its shelter has girls with master's degrees, and those that come from affluent families. The Samaritan Women organization urges churches to offer hands-on engagement and respond not with judgment, but with compassion toward victims.
The Samaritan Women is one if the organizations that appears in the newly released documentary "In Plain Sight," which seeks to raise awareness for National Human Trafficking Prevention month in January. more >>
A Christian missionary who has been serving with her husband in Central Africa for the past 25 years tells of her experiences working to empower women and children victimized by militants in the conflict-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo.
Congo, home to an estimated 77.4 million people, has been wracked almost since its declaration as a republic in 1960 by civil war, and later ethnic conflicts and a refugee crises. Subsequent peace deals and an eventual democratic election have done very little to redeem the 5.8 million lives lost to violence and reassure the additional millions living in displacement. Roaming militia forces, vying to control pockets of the country as well as its many natural resources, remain the bane of any attempts to stabilize the Christian-majority nation.
A particular kind of violence, perpetrated mostly upon Congo's female population by roaming militias (from Rwanda, Uganda, or elsewhere) and even by members of the national army, have earned the Central African country the deplorable distinction of being the "rape capital of the world," as well as the worst place in the world to be a woman, according to the United Nations. more >>
A disabled North Korean defector has established a rescue ministry that is currently helping defectors who are being abused in China find undetectable paths into the democratic haven of South Korea.
Ji Seong-ho, who founded the organization Now, Action, Unity, Human Rights (NAUH) in April of 2010, told The Christians Post in a Monday phone interview that his group consists mostly of prayer-sharing Christians who have already helped 76 North Korean defectors living as unrecognized refugees in China make their way through Underground Railroad-like excursions, spanning across several countries, so that they can ultimately resettle with the liberty offered in South Korea.
Ji, who claims to have once been tortured by North Korean police, said that defectors in China are still treated horribly even after successfully fleeing from the numerous atrocious human rights abuses carried out by the North Korean government. Many of the defected women, according to Ji, are sexually trafficked and abused in China, while defected men in China are forced to work for no wages. Defectors have no human rights in China, he stated. more >>
The man behind the real-life story of "Mississippi Burning" has opened up for the first time since 2005 but refused to confess to the triple murder that sparked national outrage.
Edgar Ray Killen, 89, was found guilty of the 1964 murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, young men working for civil rights. In 2005, Killen was put on trial and found guilty, then sentenced to 60 years behind bars, which he has been serving in Mississippi. The three young men were working together for civil rights, investigating the latest burning of a black church just outside Philadelphia when they were stopped by police and accused of speeding.
The police took the three into the Neshoba County jail, and what took place next is something Killen refuses to admit to. Witnesses testified that Killen rounded up members of the Klan in order to intercept the young men after they left the jail. Their bodies were found 44 days later, buried in a dam made of red clay. more >>
Although hundreds of thousands of refugees are displaced from their homes in Iraq and their futures remain uncertain due to the siege of the Islamic State, The Vicar of Baghdad wrote in an online Christmas statement that Christian refugees in Iraq have not been deterred from exhibiting joy in the only thing they have left: the unconditional of Jesus.
Writing from his new temporary home in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ, the Rev. Canon Andrew White, the only Anglican pastor in Iraq, said that even though ISIS has left these displaced Christian refugees with no homes, no clothes and, in some cases, no families, their faith remains strong in the "refugee child," Jesus.
"All you have got left is the love of that refugee child. That to us in the Middle East is all that matters this Christmas," White explained. more >>