More than 120 cyclists who have raised $1.8 million so far to fight global poverty by riding their bicycles across the U.S and Canada are scheduled to go through New York this week, ending their tour on Saturday in Staten Island.
The Sea to Sea 2013 Bike Tour is a nine-week, 3,900-mile cycling trek across North America designed to raise awareness and funds in support of those living in poverty around the world. The tour is sponsored by the Reformed Church in America, Partners Worldwide, and World Renew – the disaster relief arm of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.
The money raised benefits local, national and international agencies fighting poverty. more >>
An Oklahoma-based construction company known for building sanctuaries for several large megachurches in the United States, including one with nearly 10,000 weekend attendees, is in talks for securing a major project in Brazil.
Churches by Daniels Construction of Tulsa, which has the same owner as Daniels & Daniels Construction, has been in talks with people from Brazil over a project for several months. Rachael D. Rowland, marketing director with Churches by Daniels and daughter of the owner, told The Christian Post that if approved the project would be on a grand scale. Churches by Daniels have built facilities for congregations like Victory Christian Center of Tulsa, Okla., which has a regular attendance of over 9,000; Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow, Okla., with an attendance of 5,500; and Living Word Family Church of Naples, Fla., with a 2,000+ regular attendance.
"We are talking with a group from Brazil about a possible project down there, which will be probably the largest project we have ever done," said Rowland. "We've just been talking and talking about terms and that kind of stuff. So it's not solidified, but it's a good possibility." more >>
As the Syria civil war rages on and the U.N. investigates claims that chemical weapons might have been used in the conflict, one Christian missionary organization helping refugees has revealed that the people are hungry for the message of Christ, and urged believers to come together and help out in one of the most urgent humanitarian crises of the new millennium.
"We executed a food distribution and ministry program where we supplied food for about a two week period to 2,000 refugees, and during the event we distributed Bibles in their language and the story of Jesus booklets," Eric English, executive director of Strategic Planning for World Compassion Terry Law Ministries told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday.
Despite efforts from the U.N., the U.S. and other government bodies, there seems to be no end to the Syrian crisis, where rebels from the Free Syrian Army are fighting President Bashar al-Assad's Syrian Armed Forces, in a conflict which began in early 2011 and has claimed over 100,000 lives to date. more >>
Gospel for Asia founder and president K. P. Yohannan, who recently greeted the second release of his book, Touching Godliness, says that despite an abundance of filled megachurches in the U.S., many Christians are far from a strong relationship with God.
"Just as the world has an abundance of food and clean water while people are dying of hunger and thirst, even so, as Christianity offers teaching and preaching like never before, people sit in church pews yet lack the deep knowledge of God," said Yohannan. "They are suffering spiritual bankruptcy."
Yohannan recently told The Christian Post that the main point of Touching Godliness is that "we are not the boss, God is." more >>
While some local congregations build floats or manger scenes as a major project, one church in Illinois is looking to build something more aerodynamic.
River of Life Community Church of Clarendon Hills is in the process of completing airplanes for the purpose of using them for mission work in the East African nation of Mozambique. According to Annemarie Mannion of the Chicago Tribune, progress is already being made on the frame of the stainless steel plane, known as the Zenith CH 801.
"The wings of Zenith CH801 have been assembled on the carpeted floor of the River of Life Community Church while volunteers plan in the weeks ahead to install the fuselage to connect the cabin and the tail," wrote Mannion. more >>
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 >>