Many Christian colleges across the nation on Thursday have called on their students to pray and fight for the end of extreme poverty and injustice in observance of World Vision’s Day of Prayer and Action.
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, an association of 180 higher education Christian institutions around the world, partnered this year with global humanitarian group World Vision to promote the day of prayer and action for poverty among college students.
For 25 years, World Vision has dedicated Oct. 1 as an organization-wide time of prayer for the issue. Meanwhile, Oct. 1 also marks the beginning of Christian Higher Education Month. more >>
Christian relief groups are working with local partners and government officials to feed victims of Atlanta’s devastating floods and to assemble volunteer teams to help with recovery efforts.
Operation Blessing International reported Wednesday that it deployed teams earlier in the week to provide immediate strategic relief, such as emergency food distributions and daily hot meals from its mobile kitchen, to flood victims in the Atlanta area.
Efforts are also underway to identify the hardest hit communities in need of cleanup and recovery effort, OBI noted. more >>
As firefighters battle raging flames in Southern California, The Salvation Army is on the ground helping survivors get through the days in public shelters.
Thousands of residents have been forced into shelters by The Station fire, the largest of California’s multiple fires, which engulfed more than 100,000 acres within a few hours Monday. Fire officials issued evacuation notices to 10,100 residents whose homes were under threat by Monday afternoon.
"This is a very difficult firefight," said Mike Dietrich, the U.S. Forest Service’s incident commander, according to CNN. "This is a very angry fire that we're fighting right now. Until we can get a change in weather conditions, I'm not overly optimist." more >>
Four-year-old Heather Bailey saw footage of a grandma and her grandchildren talking about their difficulties obtaining clean water and decided she wanted to help.
Unlike in the United States, many people in other countries have to walk for miles to get clean water, Heather learned.
“I wanted to build a well so the people could get clean water, so they didn’t have to miss school or work,” Heather said in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network. more >>
Charities that accept cars as donations could be taking a bigger hit soon, now that the Senate has approved and sent to the White House legislation that will pump an additional $2 billion for the "cash for clunkers" rebate program.
The Senate approved the infusion of new cash for the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) on a 60-37 vote after administration officials said an initial $1 billion had run out in only 10 days.
The economy-boosting program, which the House voted last week to keep alive, gives consumers up to $4,500 in federal subsidies if they trade in their cars for new, more energy-efficient models. more >>
Compassion International, the world’s largest Christian child development organization, is in the top one percent of charities in terms of fiscal responsibility, according to an independent charity evaluator.
For eight straight years, Compassion has been awarded the highest rating - four stars - by Charity Navigator for responsible management of its finances.
Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest independent evaluator of charities. It evaluates more than 5,400 charities each year. more >>