Several faith-based relief effort crews from the Salvation Army, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team and Convoy of Hope, a relief organization, have been dispatched to aid victims in several flood-stricken areas of Colorado, after torrential rains inundated a vast majority of the state nearly a week ago.
At least eight people have been killed by deadly flooding that swamped 17 counties, while over 500 continue to be unaccounted for, which state officials say could be an issue of "book-keeping and cross-referencing," according to ABC News. In addition, thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes while nearly an estimated 18,000 houses have been damaged.
Salvation Army response units have been in Colorado for days now and have provided over 10,000 meals to residents while they continue to establish short and long-term evacuation shelters that will remain open for the next 30 to 90 days. more >>
More than 300 bikers with the Christian Motorcyclists' Association (CMA) are meeting for a rally involving brats and ministry this weekend in Tennessee, and they've been doing so every year somewhere in 50 states.
"We have services on Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday evening, and Sunday morning," Jay W. Allgood, Tennessee State Coordinator, told the Christian Post in a interview on Friday. This weekend at Montgomery Bell State Park in Murfreesborough includes "worship, service, fundraising, and training for ministry."
"CMA is a unique ministry, in that our focus is to share the Gospel to those in the motorcycling community," Randal Tebeau, CMA's Southeast Region Evangelist, told CP. The group attends motorcycle conventions across the nation, performing various services to preach the good news to bikers. more >>
Convoy of Hope, a faith-based organization known for its food relief work in times of disasters, continues on its national community outreach tour with a stop on Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa, giving away $1 million in food, giveaways, and services.
Like several of the Convoy of Hope events that have already taken place this year, the free community outreach will feature services including haircuts, dental check-ups, health services, workforce development services, and kids' carnival.
"Convoy of Hope leaders in Sioux City are super-excited about bringing a poverty-free day to that community," said Rick Zorehkey, a special assistant to one of the organization's co-founders. more >>
A recently closed church property belonging to the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut will soon be leased to a local Muslim group as part of an interfaith partnership.
The Diocese recently announced the creation of the partnership that provides the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center with facilities used by the former Christ Episcopal Church of Avon.
Dr. Khamis Abu-Hasaballah, president of the FVAMC, told The Christian Post that they are "thrilled" by the interfaith partnership and plan to move into the Avon property soon. more >>
A former banker who turned to ministry and would serve as a pastor in Alabama for more than 20 years passed away last week at age 82.
The Rev. Richard Vigneulle, former head of the Shades Mountain Independent Church in Hoover, died last Thursday according to an announcement from his church. A visitation was held for Vigneulle last Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at Shades Mountain Independent Church, with the funeral taking place Sunday afternoon.
"The celebration service lasted for 2 1/2 hours and was a beautiful tribute to a man whose influence and legacy was felt throughout the community and into the world," Carol Wilkins, media director for Shades Mountain Independent, told The Christian Post. "Many gave testimony to changed lives through the ministry of Dr. Vigneulle. The service was well attended and Dr. Vigneulle's children gave a special tribute to their father with loving memories shared." more >>
Evangelist Nick Vujicic, near the end of a two-week Christian outreach tour of several countries in Asia, shared a remarkable story on Wednesday of a "divine appointment" with a family who has a girl with no arms or legs they met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Vujicic, who was born without arms or legs and has taken his inspirational message of faith and hope to audiences around the world, began his Facebook post that included a photo of the girl by writing that he has "an incredible story to share about a family" he met in the capital of Malaysia.
"When they heard I would be speaking in Kuala Lumpur, they drove seven hours to come try and meet me, only to arrive and find the speaking event was already filled," Vujicic writes. "After patiently waiting more than 4 hours for us to leave the venue, they managed to track down which van I was in. That in itself was no easy task, as there was quite a bit of commotion exiting the event, and our convoy was made up of three different vans which carry the team and our gear." more >>