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 >>
A Rochester, New York rapper runs the street ministry M.O.G. (Man of God) where he mentors drug kingpins and has the full support from the city's mayor based on his contributions to the area.
D-Will (David Williams), a native of the city, aspires to be more than just a musician and has already broken serious ground for God in his community. He even won the mayoral volunteer service award for efforts with M.O.G.
"The whole purpose of M.O.G. [is to unite the body of Christ]. And if we're going to do so, we have to start with the men," said D-Will to The Christian Post. Us, as men, we've taken a back seat and have gotten lazy [in the church]. You see a lot of the women doing outreach. And with that I said [us men] have to take our place, and not as a sexist, but we need to take our place back with being the leaders in our communities and homes." more >>
A Catholic priest described his shock at the conditions Iraqi Christian refugees face, saying that they were left helpless and angry at government soldiers who abandoned them to ISIS extremists after the militants began their attacks.
"The people are angry because the government just gave up on them. They told us that, in Mosul, where there had normally been a presence of 60,000 soldiers, after the onslaught of ISIS, in only a matter of hours, these soldiers abandoned them, laying down their weapons," said Fr Rami Wakim, the secretary to Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham, according to The Catholic Herald on Monday.
Last week, the priest accompanied a delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region of the country, where scores of persecuted minorities, including many Christians, are fleeing to. more >>