Hundreds of Salvation Army volunteers in the United States have spent the last few days preparing and packing one million ready-to-eat meals to send to survivors of the Haiti earthquake.
They are in addition to the 250,000 meals are already awaiting shipment from Des Moines, Iowa.
The meals, courtesy of food group Numana Inc, consist of rice, soy protein, freeze-dried vegetables and vitamins that can be cooked in boiling water. more >>
As aid workers frantically rescue survivors of Haiti’s massive quake, several hundred miles north in the United States many churches and ministries are anxiously awaiting word about missing workers and missionaries.
In Florida, the state Baptist convention is praying for word that 18 of their workers in Haiti are safe, according to Baptist Press, the news wire service of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Florida Baptist Convention says it has not heard from 18 of its 21 Haitian staff after the 7.0-magnitude quake hit Haiti Tuesday and decimated the capital Port-au-Prince. The other three Haitian employees were found unharmed. more >>
The high rate of sexual abuse of juveniles in U.S. prisons is unacceptable, declared the ministry Prison Fellowship in response to a government report released this week.
According to the report “Sexual Victimization of Youth Facilities Reported by Juvenile Offenders, 2008-09” released by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than one in ten youths in prison reported a sexual assault in the past year, with the majority of incidents involving sexual abuse by staff.
Even more disturbing is that in 13 facilities, as many as one in four juvenile offenders reported a sexual assault in the past 12 months. more >>
A research firm released on Tuesday its list of certified best Christian workplaces in the United States and Canada.
The annual survey, conducted by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute, the Christian arm of the organizational and human resources consulting firm Best Workplaces Institute, Inc., identified 30 “great” workplaces with a Christian mission or value in North America.
Organizations listed in the 2010 Certified Best Christian Workplaces in the United States include: Crossroads Church in Cincinnati, Ohio; Dallas Christian College in Dallas, Texas; Joni and Friends in Agoura Hills, Calif.; Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill.; Tacoma Rescue Mission in Tacoma, Wash.; and World Harvest Mission in Jenkintown, Pa. more >>
In a noticeable dull voice, Pastor Jason Norton said he has not eaten for the past 15 days.
Beginning at midnight on Dec. 1, Norton stopped eating altogether and has subsisted on drinking liquids such as Gatorade, V8, coconut juice, water and coffee. His plan is to fast for 25 days, including Christmas day.
“I feel good. God is keeping me strong, most definitely,” Norton told The Christian Post this week. “The weird thing is from day three to five it seems like your body is really not agreeing with what you’re doing. It’s like putting up the last fight. But around day six it literally is like the body gives up and says, ‘alright, I guess you want to do this.’” more >>
Despite President Obama’s urgent tone and expressed commitment to reach a climate deal in his Copenhagen speech on Friday, the United States is still not doing enough, said a Christian relief agency.
“Unfortunately he (Obama) completely contradicted himself – the U.S.’ actions in terms of figures for action on mitigation and finance, even after yesterday’s announcement, just don’t stack up or equal survival for people and the planet,” said Paul Cook, director of advocacy at U.K.-based Tearfund.
“There were no new pledges on targets and a complete failure to acknowledge the fact that the richest and most powerful nations must take responsibility for the climate crisis that they have caused,” he said. more >>