NEW YORK – The Bowery Mission, one of the oldest and largest faith-based charities in New York City, said it is sheltering hundreds of people at night and turning no one away as the city and large parts of America find themselves in a deadly freeze.
"Our primary concern at The Bowery Mission during weather like this is that people are not on the streets exposed and getting sick. This is certainly life-threatening weather, so we are taking it very seriously. Last night we had 179 people stay at our first floor, at our chapel and our dining hall," said James Winans, chief development officer at The Bowery, in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday.
In New York, the temperature reached single digits and into the negatives with wind chill in the morning, with Mayor Bill de Blasio urging residents to find a warm place to stay and not risk cold-related dangers such as hypothermia and frostbite. CNN reported that 15 deaths have been blamed on the cold stretching across the East and South so far, 11 from traffic accidents. more >>
Denying claims by the "No Red Kettles" website that it discriminates against homosexuals, The Salvation Army says that it helps thousands in the LGBT community every day.
"Our mission is clear: to provide services to those in need without discrimination. The Salvation Army treats everyone with equal love, dignity and respect regardless of who they are," Parker Vandergriff of Brand Public Relations of The Richards Group, said in an email statement to The Christian Post on Friday. "We are especially proud of our service to thousands of LGBT community members each and every day."
"The Salvation Army complies with all local, state, and federal non-discrimination laws and provides same-sex domestic partner benefits where the law applies. Our hiring practices are open to all and we embrace employees from various walks of life. We simply do not discriminate against the people we serve or the people we hire based on sexual orientation or any other factor," Vandergriff added. more >>
A Christian initiative seeking to build a network of leaders committed to centering the "Seven Mountains of Culture" to the values of Jesus Christ, is urging Christians to be active in engaging and transforming culture outside of church walls.
Pinnacle Forum, which was inspired by Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International, has made it its vision to "see God at the center of our culture," and since 1996 has spread from a local ministry in Phoenix, Ariz., to a global movement.
With a strategy to gather Christian leaders in confidential forums and equip them with the tools to impact society with Christian ideals, the Forum seeks to engage the "seven mountains of culture," which it identifies as Arts and Entertainment, Business, Education, Family, Government/Military, Media, and Religion. more >>
Christian missionary groups in India are reportedly helping with the remarkable rise in Christianity in the second most populous country in the world, especially among young people as well as middle and high caste Indians.
"With more than 71 million claiming Christianity, India is now the eighth largest Christian nation in the world," said Dick McClain, president and CEO of The Mission Society, publisher of Unfinished. "Yet with 456 languages and more than 2,611 distinct people groups, India still has more people groups unreached with the gospel than any other nation – 88 percent of its population."
The rise of Christianity is detailed in the latest issue of Unfinished magazine, where The Mission Society, which recruits, trains and sends Christian missionaries around the world, details how the Gospel is creating a "new India." The missionary efforts are reportedly reaching new groups beyond the lower caste and marginalized communities, who traditionally have been the more likely to be open to Christianity. more >>
Christian doctors with Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse are travelling again this year to South Sudan, where they will perform over 80 cleft lip and palate surgeries on children and adults that are often ostracized by society and accused of having demonic spirits.
"Awareness is key to us as Christians to realize the plight of the world around us. Christ called us to be aware of those who are suffering and those who are dealing with these things. Supporting an organization that is willing or has the capability to make a difference in these things is as good as being there doing it yourself," said Dr. Tom Boeve, an otolaryngologist from Wisconsin, in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Friday.
Dr. Boeve is travelling with a team of other Christian doctors to South Sudan's capital, Juba, in November to perform surgery on approximately 80 people in a mission organized by World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Franklin Graham's international relief organization Samaritan's Purse. more >>
Actor and reality star Stephen Baldwin stars in the new film 'I'm in Love With A Church Girl," which opened in theaters across the country this past weekend.
The youngest of the Baldwin brothers plays the role of FBI agent Jason McDaniels in the film. It also stars hip-hop heavyweight Jeff "Ja Rule" Atkins as Miles Montego, a reformed drug dealer who falls for church girl Vanessa Leon, played by former 3LW and Cheetah Girls member Adrienne Bailon.
The film opened in over 500 theaters last Friday and is Baldwin's first theatrically released film in 10 years. more >>