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 >>
An army of volunteers distributed thousands of toys, clothing items and pounds of food to needy families in San Diego County this past Saturday.
The 13th annual Toys for Joy, founded by Pastor Miles McPherson of The Rock Church, brought together about 2,000 volunteers to hand out more than 10,000 toys, over 50,000 articles of clothing, and 9,000 bags of food – which totaled about 60,000 pounds – to people in the community.
Local children received soccer balls, dolls, and games, among other toys as early Christmas gifts. more >>
A Christian couple who leads a ministry that supports persecuted Christians announced this week their successful adoption of eight Burmese refugee children.
Jim and Karen Jacobson of Michigan-based Christian Freedom International said they may very well be the first Americans to be allowed to adopt Karen refugee children who lack official birth records, which means there was no real way to determine the children’s true eligibility for adoption.
The children, four of whom are siblings, came directly to the United States from Burma’s refugee camps and had no birth certificate. When the Jacobsons had applied to adopt them, the children were already in the United States, but the adoption process was complicated by the missing documents. more >>
Homebuilding ministry Habitat for Humanity International and not-for-profit partner Thrivent Financial for Lutherans celebrated the completion of their 2,000th home on Friday in Minneapolis.
The 2,000th home, which will be purchased by a low-income family, marks the culmination of a four-year, $125 million alliance between the two Christian organizations. During the four-year partnership, more than 1,300 homes were built in the United States along with nearly 700 homes in 32 countries through Thrivent Builds Worldwide.
Among the homes built include 35 homes in a holistic community in El Salvador and 68 homes constructed on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. more >>
One of the world’s largest Christian humanitarian organizations aims to raise $25 million to fight poverty this Christmas season by interviewing poor people around the world.
World Vision is currently in the middle of its global “Spirit of Christmas” tour during which team members are interviewing poor people in the United States, Ecuador, Cambodia, Zambia and Ethiopia. The tour seeks to highlight the “heartbreaking” circumstances of the poor and how even a small donation can make a big difference to help families provide for children.
“In a year full of financial scandals, war, natural disasters, and a global recession, we all need a little encouragement,” said Devin Hermanson, campaign manager for the “Spirit of Christmas” tour. “What we’ve found so far is that people around the world are still helping their neighbor in need.” more >>