The Duggars have released a video of Jill and Derrick Dillard's recent send-off as they left their home in the U.S. to serve as foreign missionaries. In the video, the family's patriarch, Jim Bob, can be seen praying that God's will and protection be bestowed upon the young couple as they fulfill the Great Commisson to share the Gospel with people throughout the world.
In a clip that is reminiscent to a scene out of the Duggars' now suspended TLC reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting," Jim Bob gathers the family to bid farewell to Jill, 24, and Derrick, 26, and their 2-month-old son, Israel. The pair announced recently that they are traveling abroad to set up ther ministry and share the Gospel for an extended period of time, and Jim Bob told them that he trusts that their move is a part of "God's plan" for their family.
"We are so excited about you guys going overseas to be missionaries and I know this is something that's been in both of y'alls hearts for years and the Lord's brought y'all together for the special time to go impact the work of Christ," Jim Bob said in a video posted on the Duggar Family blog on Monday. "And we're going to miss y'all and baby Israel, but we know that this is God's plan for your life. … We pray God blesses your journey and that you're really able to make a huge difference." more >>
South Carolina is one step closer to removing a Confederate battle flag from its capitol grounds in Charleston following a vote taken in the state Senate.
In a vote of 37-3, legislators in the upper house of the first state to secede from the Union back in 1860 decided to remove a Confederate battle flag prominently displayed on the capitol grounds.
Governor Nikki Haley, who recently championed the removal of the flag, said in a statement Monday that she approved of the vote. more >>
Two weeks after Jill and Derrick Dillard celebrated their first anniversary the couple announced that they've embarked on a long-term Christian mission trip to an undisclosed location and the Duggar family has urged fans to pray for the young family.
In a touching photo shared on Instagram by Jessa Duggar on Sunday, Jill, 24, and Derrick, 26, are seen embracing as they prepare to board a plane with their 2 month old son, Israel David. The trip has been months in the making, though it's unclear where exactly they plan to set up their ministry.
"So excited for @jillmdillard & @derickdillard! They've been praying about and working toward this transition since late last year, and are so excited to finally be heading to the mission field!" Jessa captioned alongside the photo. "Please continue to pray for them! And be sure to check out their blog at www.dillardfamily.com "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15." more >>
A church in Indiana has joined several charity organizations to raise money to purchase a "Homeless Jesus" statue for the state capital.
Roberts Park United Methodist Church has partnered with Wheeler Mission, Outreach Inc., and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic to get a "Homeless Jesus" statue for Indianapolis. The Rev. Andrew Scanlan-Holmes, senior pastor at Roberts Park UMC, told The Christian Post that this was the "problem of homelessness in Indianapolis."
"Roberts Park UMC, as a large downtown church, has for the last 20 years, been actively serving this sector of the community through its Soup's On feeding program and now regularly serves an average of 250 meals every Sunday lunchtime to the homeless and food impoverished," said the Rev. Scanlan-Holmes. more >>
A Georgia-based radio program centered on promoting the perspectives of mainline Protestant denominations has turned 70 this year.
"Day1," a program headquartered in Atlanta originally named "The Protestant Hour," has been on the air for seven decades and since 2004 has been overseen by the Alliance for Christian Media.
The Rev. Peter M. Wallace, president and executive producer of "Day1" and the Alliance, told The Christian Post that he was "very thankful for the opportunity to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ over the radio for so many years." more >>
Ryan Pittman is a man with Down syndrome and a servant with a heart for God. Since he was a young boy he always wanted to help others. In time, he was finally able to travel to Peru and follow his dream and serve Jesus!
He now stands up in front of a class in Peru and gives his powerful testimony. Before giving his testimony speech at the school, students had no idea people with Down syndrome could read. By sharing his relationship with Jesus and explaining to them that they are all the same because they need God, he strengthened their faith.
"I am different … I have Down Syndrome. But we are all the same because we all NEED God." more >>