Internationally known pastor and author Henry Blackaby, 78, has been found and is safe after missing for more than 24 hours in the Atlanta area, his family announced on its ministry website late Friday evening.
Blackaby was found alone in Tifton after police tracked his credit card activity, according to Sgt. Joey Smith with Henry County police, as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
His family had sent out an urgent prayer request earlier in the day, followed by reports that "hundreds and hundreds" of church members joined in the search. The request included serious concern that Blackaby is "a Type 2 diabetic and may be disoriented and unable to find his way home." more >>
The actor and writer most known for his commercial pitching of the supposed wonder product ShamWow has given words of caution for Leah Remini over her decision to leave Scientology.
Vince Offer, known to many as "the ShamWow Guy," said in an interview with the celebrity gossip site TMZ earlier this week that while he respected Remini he could not comment further. "That's why I can't really talk about it…I want to be around," said Offer, a former Scientologist who called Remini's decision to leave "pretty brave."
Offer also told the off-camera TMZ reporter that he would not get into details since he had an agreement with the Church of Scientology that he would leave them alone if they left him alone. "Otherwise it wouldn't be you following me it would be something different. You know what I am saying?" said Offer to the TMZ reporter. more >>
The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that the allegations brought by Leah Remini regarding Shelly Miscavige being a missing person are unfounded.
Remini reportedly opened a missing person's investigation into the whereabouts of Miscavige, but according to police, she has been found alive and well.
The Church of Scientology has been angered by what it has labeled an "inexcusable distraction" by the missing persons investigstion. more >>
A Mexico mass kidnapping has seen 11 people abducted in broad daylight from a bar in Mexico City's Zona Rosa, according to reports this week.
The area is reported by locals to normally be calm, being a district with many offices, restaurants and bars in it. However, sometime between 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday the mass kidnapping took place, sparking terror into local residents and workers.
The abduction took place just off the Paseo de la Reforma, the city's main boulevard, about 1 1/2 blocks from the U.S. Embassy. more >>
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 >>