Eighteen Christian artists and bands, including TobyMac, MercyMe, Steven Curtis Chapman, and the Newsboys, will rock the "Night of Joy" concert at Orlando's Walt Disney World next weekend, while 17 more – including Lecrae, Relient K, and Switchfoot – will jam out at nearby Universal Studios Orlando.
"This is our 31st year to host Disney's Night of Joy at Walt Disney World," Disney's Public Relations Manager, Charles Stovall, told the Tampa Tribune. Disney has "put together a stellar lineup of Christian music and Disney fun for this year," he added.
"Night of Joy" concerts will dominate three Disney World stages – Cinderella Castle Forecourt, Galaxy, and Rockettower Plaza. On the evening of Sept. 6, the concert will feature Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Mercy Me, Skillet, and Audio Adrenaline, among others. more >>
Open Doors USA is starting a campaign asking for $430,000 in emergency aid for suffering Egyptian Christians who in recent weeks have been heavily targeted by Islamists, who have murdered believers and burned down churches, schools and orphanages.
"The attacks intensified two weeks ago when most of the persecution of Christians (occurred) - they are being blamed by the Muslim Brotherhood for ousting President Morsi. We saw Christian killed – they have been targeted by Muslim Brotherhood fanatics, and they've been caught in the middle, as it usually happens in many cases when Christians are minorities in Middle Eastern countries," Open Doors USA Media Relations Director Jerry Dykstra said in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Friday.
The persecution watchdog group says that in the last two weeks, there have been reports of seven Christians murdered and 17 others kidnapped, while hundreds have been injured in clashes with supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi. Another 212 privately-owned Christian shops and homes and 95 church buildings have also been attacked, as well as Christian orphanages, schools and Bible book stores. more >>
Barnabas Fund, an international Christian aid agency, has transported and helped over 8,000 Christians escape persecution at the hands of the Islamic government in Sudan, and is calling for help to save the many more who find themselves stranded.
"In the North the government is becoming increasingly anti-Christian," Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, the international director of Barnabas Fund, said in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday.
"The North is heavily Sharia-based and strongly anti-Christian. So we've got situations where women are arrested for breaching Sharia law on dress, and can then be whipped and imprisoned. That is a major problem," he added, noting that a number of Christian churches have been attacked as well. more >>
Christian artist Jeremy Camp recently launched his new Speaking Louder Ministries, based off his album Speaking Louder Than Before, and wants to create a whole new realm of worship as an artist and as a believer who has the opportunity to spread the gospel.
"To speak loud enough with our lives that the message of Christ reaches every corner of the world and to reach out to the lost and the hurting with the good news of the gospel. To inspire and give other believers the opportunity to be the heart and hands of Jesus in their community," Speaking Louder's mission statement says on the site.
Camp speaks about this ministry being 15 years in the making as he has finally come to a point in his life where he is ready to let go and surrender all to God night after night in worship. more >>
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 >>
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 >>