The teaching ministry of Dr. Charles Stanley, pastor of First Baptist Church of Atlanta, has launched a "Missing Persons Project" campaign to encourage local faith communities to "recognize and receive [their] forgotten members," those who might be considered social outcasts or even marginalized by their churches.
"Today, the Body of Christ is missing many of its members. Too often we're guilty of assigning greater value to one part than the others," says Stanley in an introductory video on In Touch Ministries' website.
In Touch Ministries, founded in 1972 as "The Chapel Hour," has been releasing a series of special reports in an effort to encourage local churches to "welcome all people with open arms of love," according to Stanley, who referenced at the start of the video James 1:27. The Bible verse describes "pure and faultless" religion as looking after "orphans and widows in their distress" and keeping oneself "from being polluted by the world." more >>
Mexican authorities found 49 bodies, with their heads, hands and feet severed, on a northern highway leading to the Texas border on Sunday morning, and blamed it on rivalry between drug cartels.
The bodies of 43 men and six women were found in a pool of blood near the town of San Juan on the Monterrey-Reynosa highway, about 80 miles southwest of the U.S. border, before dawn Sunday, The Associated Press reported.
While bodies were taken for DNA tests, Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Jorge Domene told reporters it would be difficult to identify the bodies as they were without heads, hands and feet. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, is trying to raise awareness about the alarming number of missing black Americans with his new movie, "Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day."
According to 2011 statistics provided by the Black and Missing Foundation, Inc. (BAM FI), which Jakes is working with, 85 percent out of all minorities missing in the U.S. are African-American. That is a glaring number, taking into account that black people make up approximately only 13 percent of the total U.S. population.
BAM FI describes itself as a nonprofit with a mission to bring awareness to missing persons of color, provide vital resources and tools to missing person's families and friends and to educate the minority community on personal safety. more >>
Dozens of passengers remain missing after a cruise liner reportedly hit a reef late Friday, causing what many passengers are calling a "Titanic-like" crisis.
"Have you seen 'Titanic?' That's exactly what it was," Valerie Ananias, 31, from Los Angeles told The Associated Press.
Three people have been reported dead and 70 are still unaccounted for, according to AP. More than 4,000 people were on board the Costa Concordia, half of which is now underwater. more >>
Police working on the disappearance of a 2-year-old Washington boy are now talking about switching the case from a missing persons search to a criminal investigation.
The boy's mother, Julia Biryukova, originally told police her son, Sky Metalwala, vanished Nov. 6 in Bellevue, Wash., when she left him unattended in her unlocked car after it ran out of gas.
The mother told police she walked to a gas station with her daughter and noticed the boy was missing when they returned to the car about an hour later. Police later found that there was gas still left in the car. more >>
Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard, both held hostage and sexually assaulted in two of the nation’s most famous missing children’s cases, are becoming victims advocates by taking their stories to the media in the next few days.
Smart, who at 14 years old was kidnapped and held captive by homeless “street pastor” Brian Mitchell, has taken a job as an ABC news contributor. Her first broadcast assignment will be within the next two weeks, according to ABC. She will not be appearing on the 2-hour special the network is doing on Dugard.
ABC News' Diane Sawyer’s interview with Dugard airs this Sunday night at 9 p.m. EST. It will be Dugard’s first interview about her 18-year ordeal as a hostage to Nancy and Phillip Garrido. She was kidnapped while walking to school at the age of 11. Dugard was repeatedly raped during the 18 years, and gave birth to two daughters, now ages 13 and 17. more >>