A Christian adoption agency appeared on an MTV series last week that chronicles the lives of several pregnant 16-year-old girls.
“16 and Pregnant,” the new MTV documentary show, aired an episode this past Thursday night that followed a Detroit-area pregnant teen who goes through Bethany Christian Services to give her child up for adoption to a North Carolina family.
Bethany explains that it agreed to be part of the program on MTV, which is “notorious for morally questionable programs,” because it felt the show was “a great opportunity to educate pregnant teenagers to its services” so that young women viewers would consider “adoption as an option over abortion.” The agency also hopes the show will increase awareness about the many children who need loving parents. more >>
Facing economic hard times, many Christian nonprofits are turning to volunteers for help with the work load, a new survey found.
One out of every five Christian nonprofits is reportedly relying to a greater extent on volunteers to offset the economic downturn, according to a study conducted by J. David Schmidt & Associates for the Christian Leadership Alliance.
The study, entitled “Economic Outlook Survey: The Recession’s Impact on Christian Nonprofit Organizations,” found that the top ways Christian nonprofits are trying to make ends meet include instituting a hiring freeze (reported by 36 percent of the groups interviewed), reducing full-time staff (28 percent), and reducing, eliminating or delaying outside counsel/consulting expenses (27 percent). more >>
In the days leading up to World Refugee Day, government bodies, donors and NGOs have been working harder to raise awareness for the more than 42 million refugees and internally displaced people who live in the world today.
And because of the tendency for people to view refugees as distant numerical figures, World Refugee Day supporters this year have been shedding light on their plight with the theme “Real People, Real Needs” in hopes of reminding people that each and every single one of the 42 million have a very human story to tell.
“Refugees are not faceless statistics – they are real people just like us who through no fault of their own have lost everything,” said Ron Redmon, spokesperson for UNHCR, the United Nation’s refugee agency. more >>
Over 30 non-governmental humanitarian organizations have joined together to express their concern over Israel's continued blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has been in force for over two years now.
“These indiscriminate sanctions are affecting the entire 1.5 million population of Gaza, and ordinary women, children and the elderly are the first victims,” expressed the groups in a statement released Thursday.
The “suffocation of Gaza's economy has led to unprecedented unemployment and poverty rates and almost total aid dependency,” stated the groups, which include Action Against Hunger, CARE International, Oxfam International, and World Vision International. more >>
It's Nothing But Nets Week in the nation's capital and Washingtonians have committed to send 10,000 insecticide-treated bed nets to displaced families in Africa.
Since last weekend the Nothing But Nets campaign has hosted events in Washington to garner more support in the fight against malaria – the number one killer of refugees in Africa.
In partnership with the United Nations Foundation, the campaign aims to raise $100,000 during its Washington tour. more >>
Anti-poverty group Bread for the World celebrated the 35th anniversary of its founding Monday with commendations from the U.S. Senate and the second-highest ranking official in the United States Department of Agriculture, among others.
“[T]he Senate recognizes and commends Bread for the World, on the 35th anniversary of its founding, for its encouragement of citizen engagement, its advocacy for poor and hungry people, and its successes as a collective voice; and challenges Bread for the World to continue its work to address world hunger,” stated a resolution passed by the Senate ahead of Bread for the World’s 35th anniversary.
Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, the USDA’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, meanwhile, complimented Bread for the World for its work and legacy. more >>