A leading Christian nongovernmental organization says they are alarmed at allegations that one of their employees funneled millions of dollars from their budget to a Palestinian terrorist organization.
In a statement posted on its website Thursday, World Vision – which has been operating in Israel and the Palestinian territories for more than 40 years – said they were "shocked" to learn of charges against Mohammed El Halabi, operations manager of its Gaza branch.
Israeli security officials arrested Halabi on June 15 at the Israeli-Gaza border and held him in state detention for several weeks before formally charging him with providing material support to Hamas on August 4. more >>
Close to 1,000 young Christian leaders from as many as 160 countries have reportedly gathered for the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jakarta, Indonesia, focused on tackling some of the biggest challenges of their generation, such as standing up for biblical truth amid cultural pressure.
YLG2016, which is taking place between August 3-10 in Jakarta, is only the third time the Lausanne Movement has organized such a gathering, with the previous ones taking place in Singapore in 1987 and Malaysia in 2006.
The theme has been set as "United in the Great Story," and looks at how every continent and people group across history takes part in God's great story. more >>
A coalition of Christian leaders in the United States who are part of the worldwide Lausanne Movement have launched a national campaign to call on Christians and the Church to show the love of Christ to every person in America by the end of the decade.
"We pray that by year-end 2020, every person in America would be authentically loved by at least one Christian," says Paul Cedar, chairman of the Mission America Coalition (MAC).
The LOVE2020 campaign, which aims to engage ministries, churches, whole denominations, and individual Christians in the effort, was announced at the MAC annual leadership consultation in Denver last week. The response of partner churches and those that the group wants to participate in was overwhelming, Cedar said. more >>
Top evangelical leaders across North America are joining a special service Monday in Boston to celebrate the 200th anniversary of North America's first ordained missionaries. The event also marked the official debut of Missio Nexus, which will be the largest evangelical mission network in North America following the historic merger of CrossGlobal Link and The Mission Exchange.
The Missions Bicentennial service and celebration is taking place at Tabernacle Congregational Church in Salem, Mass., the location where on February 6, 1812, the first missionaries being sent from a North American mission agency were commissioned.
The ordaining of Adoniram Judson and four other missionaries for overseas service represented the beginning of a new era in history when America joined the global mission movement. After their ordination in Salem, Judson, along his wife Ann and other missionaries, set sail in February 1812 to bring Christianity to India. more >>
WHEATON, Ill. – Under the slated skylight and within the clean, airy white walls of College Church on the Wheaton College campus, more than 600 people gathered Friday to remember and be inspired by the life of John Stott – the English Anglican clergyman who helped define and drive the global evangelical movement in the 20th century.
One by one, speakers eloquently, but with much sincerity and humor, recalled the humble, intellectual giant of the evangelical community who astounded and touched Christians around the world with his clear and authoritative exegesis of the Bible, and with the way he lived his life.
“He (John Stott) truly was, in some ways, the first person who spoke the word of God to me through his literature and I also heard him in person,” proclaimed Tim Keller, senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and whom Newsweek magazine described as a “C.S. Lewis for the twenty-first century.” more >>
Evangelical Christian leaders from around the world are mourning the death of evangelical figure John Stott, who died Wednesday at the age of 90.
Stott, known for shaping 20th century evangelicalism through his writing and preaching, died 3:15 p.m. in his retirement home at St. Barnabas College, located 30 miles away from London. He was surrounded by his longtime secretary Frances Whitehead and close friends who read Scriptures and listened to Handel's "Messiah" when he passed.
An Anglican theologian from the U.K., Stott was the chief architect of the 1974 Lausanne Covenant and the author of over 50 Christian books in which he took complex theology and explained it in a way lay people could understand. One of his most popular books was Basic Christianity (1958), which has been translated into more than 60 languages, according to Christian book publisher InterVarsity Press. He has also influenced millions of Christians through other well-known titles including Christ the Controversialist (1970), Issues Facing Christians Today (1984) and the one he always considered his best: The Cross of Christ (1986). more >>