Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen sentenced to 15 years of hard labor by North Korean officials for alleged plans to overthrow the government, has been moved to a medical facility due to his failing health, his sister told supporters during a vigil at a Seattle church over the weekend.
Terri Chung, speaking through tears during a vigil at Quest Church in Seattle, told about 100 people who came to pray for her brother's freedom and well-being on Saturday that she had been informed by Swedish officials, who represent the United States' interest in relations with North Korea, that Bae had been transferred to a hospital within the last two weeks.
Eugene Cho, the pastor of Quest Church who has been counseling Bae's family through their ordeal, shared on his blog that the Christian missionary was moved from his labor camp due to pre-existing health ailments, listed in previous reports as diabetes, heart problems and a fatty liver. Bae, 45 and born Pae Jun Ho, has reportedly lost 50 pounds since being sentenced in May. more >>
On the world's largest social media site a controversial group page accused of being hateful toward the Christian faith has been taken down.
"Virgin Mary Should've Aborted," which had at its peak about 6,800 likes, was taken down Wednesday, likely in response to complaints from Christian activists.
The effort against the page was spearheaded by the Facebook group "Catholics & Protestants Against FB Religious Discrimination." more >>
Presbyterian Church (USA) has joined the effort to get the fast food giant Wendy's to join a program meant to improve the rights of agricultural workers. However, Wendy's told The Christian Post that the company does business with suppliers who respect farmworker rights and the protest is nothing new.
Members of PC (USA) will join other groups Saturday to hold a nationwide demonstration against Wendy's in the hopes of encouraging the Dublin, Ohio based company to sign on to the Fair Food Program (FFP).
Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the General Assembly of the PC (USA), said in a statement that FFP "is a social responsibility program that ensures humane treatment and increased pay for Florida tomato pickers." more >>
A Nashville-based Christian organization that equips orphans and impoverished aspiring musicians in the developing world with quality instruments says the gift of music alleviates "poverty of the soul."
The non-profit group, called Instruments of Joy, said it is bringing joy to the world with the gift of music in Jesus' name. Each donated instrument is prayed over before it is sent and the plan is for a card with John 3:16 to be attached.
"A lot of organizations fight physical poverty by giving water, food and clothing. At Instruments of Joy we are focused on alleviating poverty of the soul by giving the gift of music," said the group's founder, Joshua MacLeod. He is looking for sponsors to help fund the goal of distributing 2,000 quality instruments annually by the year 2015. more >>
Two thousand American missionaries visited every capital city in Honduras this past Saturday to preach the Gospel and proclaim the emergence of a new nation. The nonprofit organization Missions.Me organized the massive event called "One Nation One Day," which was legally declared a national holiday by President Porfirio Lobo-Sosa.
According to organizers, about half a million people participated in events held across the country to hear the message of hope amid their poverty-stricken and crime-ridden nation and called out for a transformation.
"Statistics of the old Honduras begin to change from today. All those involved will see emerge the best days of the nation and must understand that in the new Honduras we love ourselves, our children and we spread our values to them," said Dominic Russo, founder of Missions.Me, while speaking at a stadium in San Pedro Sula, as reported by Honduran-based El Heraldo. "We love our family and give them education, love our neighbors, love our environment and we make peace." more >>
The Hands & Feet Project is partnering with the Tim Tebow Foundation to put on a "Run For Joy" 5K celebrity fun run in Orlando, Fla. on Sept. 6. The aim of the event is to raise money for the children of Haiti.
The Hands & Feet Project was created by Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline in the early 2000s after the overwhelming response to their song "Hands & Feet," which was based off of their own experiences doing missionary work.
Some of the confirmed guests for the run so far are Colton Dixon, For King And Country, and KJ-52 with more being announced soon. more >>