While the most recent cease-fire agreement between Russia and the Ukrainian government proved to be short-lived over the weekend, a network of pastors in the United States vow to help the region receive humanitarian aid.
"After visiting troubled Ukraine, leaders of the American Pastors Network have taken a tangible step forward in getting help to the regions hit hardest by the recent political, cultural and economic upheaval," officials with the group said on Monday.
APN International Projects Coordinator, Pastor Dale Armstrong, who recently returned from Ukraine, says the most immediate need there is humanitarian aid, including water purification tablets and individual medical kits for each soldier. more >>
Penn State University says it has not removed Gideon Bibles from two hotels that it runs despite a complaint the school received from a Wisconsin-based atheist group.
Contradicting a press release by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a representative of Penn State told The Christian Post that the Bibles have not been taken out of their hotels.
Earlier this week FFRF stated that Penn State officials removed the Bibles from the Nittany Lion Inn and the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, both of which are run by the university. more >>
A third American missionary has been infected with Ebola, while former victim Nancy Writebol has spoken out about her experience with the disease and given thanks to God for sparing her life.
Dr. Rick Sacra was diagnosed with Ebola while working in West Africa on behalf of SIM; he was serving his second mission in the area and specifically worked in the field, delivering babies. Interestingly, the 51-year-old physician was not working directly with Ebola patients but somehow contracted the disease. SIM is working with the CDC to determine how he became infected.
"Rick would want me to urge you to remember that there are many people in Liberia who are suffering in this epidemic and others who are not receiving standard healthcare because clinics and hospitals have been forced to close," Debbie Sacra, Rick's wife, said in a statement. "West Africa is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis and the world needs to respond compassionately and generously." more >>
Dr. Kent Brantly is grateful to be alive after battling the Ebola virus; now he is speaking out about his experience and praying for the latest American missionary, a colleague, who has been diagnosed with the disease.
"I was notified about that this morning," Brantly told NBC's Matt Lauer. "I spent a good long while tearful, in prayer."
Brantly was working as a physician with SIM USA, an international Christian aid organization, in Liberia, helping to quell the growing Ebola epidemic that has plagued the country, when he himself began to feel ill. He immediately secluded himself so as to avoid infecting others if he tested positive for the disease. more >>
A three judge panel from an appeals court has ruled against a Christian missionary group that was attacked at an annual Arab Festival in Michigan.
In a two to one decision rendered Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit panel affirmed a lower court dismissing a lawsuit by the group Bible Believers against Wayne County and its sheriff's office.
Circuit Judges Eric L. Clay and Bernice B. Donald comprised the majority, while district judge Samuel H. Mays, Jr. dissented. more >>
The Southern Baptist Convention, hoping for both a dramatic and unifying agent for change, announced Wednesday the election of 36-year-old pastor and Radical ministry founder David Platt as president of its International Mission Board.
"I believe Southern Baptists want to come together for the spread of the Gospel," said Platt, who leads a movement called Radical that is devoted to platforming and disseminating disciple-making resources, so that the Gospel "might be made known to the ends of the earth."
"I'm living and leading for the day when the IMB is needed no more because there are no more unreached people groups," Platt. senior pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, said during a telephone conference for the press on Wednesday. "I want to trumpet the Great Commission, disciples made, God glorified here, and God glorified among unreached people around the world. I am exhilarated about the possibilities ahead." more >>