A fake Facebook claiming to be evangelist Joyce Meyer has been soliciting donations toward a "ministry" by scamming Christians looking to support the church and an orphanage. Social media user Italia Bernhardt contacted the Christian Post to expose the scammer, which is in no way actually affiliated with Meyer.
Bernhardt said she would frequently post quotes from Meyer on her Facebook page to encourage others and help her get through the day. She was then baited by a fake account of the minister who was looking to put the ruse on unsuspecting believers.
"Dear beloved sister, God bless you for your concern, what do you think you can do to help this Orphans, do you wish to make a donation to the Orphans in Africa that my ministry is supporting or rather sponsoring a child in the Orphanage home?" the account sent her in a private message. more >>
A California-based web ministry devoted to combating porn addictions and evangelizing those in the porn industry will have a booth at a major sex show held in Canada this weekend.
XXXchurch.com of Pasadena will be witnessing to producers and consumers of pornography at the "Everything To Do With Sex Show" in Toronto, Ontario. Carl Thomas, pastor at XXXchurch, told The Christian Post that the ministry had been going to sex shows since 2002, when they sent volunteers to the Adult Video News (AVN) Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas.
"The concept there was basically we started this website, we're trying to reach out to people not only in the industry but people also that are impacted by the industry in terms of their usage," said Thomas. "We did the AVN 11 years ago. Part of our mission, part of our goal is to try to do more and more so we started doing exoticas in the US and then stepped into Canada." more >>
The Christian Relief Fund (CRF) and Bread for a Hungry World (Bread), two worldwide Christian ministries, have finished an official merger this week, a move which empowers both, representatives say. The idea for the merger came from a dual magazine ad.
"Bobby Moore, President of Bread for a Hungry World, told me he thought we would be better working together than apart, since we were doing the same thing and had similar philosophies," Milton Jones, president of the Christian Relief Fund, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday. Jones said Moore came across the idea when he saw an ad for CRF and an ad for Bread side by side in a magazine.
Moore suggested the umbrella organization take the name "The Christian Relief Fund" and volunteered to serve under the CRF president, Jones said. The Bread president will serve as vice president of global operation, but he was unavailable for comment to CP while currently serving in Nigeria. more >>
An Alabama-based nonprofit civil rights group has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against a Mississippi town for its refusal to approve a license to open up a gay bar.
The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the town of Shannon on Tuesday in the Northern District of Mississippi, Aberdeen Division.
Defendants named in the suit include the members of the Board of Aldermen who voted down the request for a business license by lesbian businesswoman Pat Newton. more >>
Christian leaders have called on the faith community to help the United Nations and its partners maximize efforts in the Millennium Development Goals initiative meant to eradicate extreme poverty, reduce child deaths and ensure environmental sustainability within the next two and a half years.
"We must celebrate the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, but realize there is much more to be done to reach the targets we have set ourselves," said World Vision President Rich Stearns, according to a press release. "The church can play an important role in galvanizing action."
Stearns made the remarks Wednesday at the "Church Leaders Praying and Acting to End Extreme Poverty" event at The Church Center near the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, meant to coincide with the annual meeting of the world's leaders. more >>
The faith-based relief organization, Convoy of Hope, is making a stop in Omaha, Neb. on Saturday to offer $1 million worth of free goods and services including groceries, haircuts, dental check-ups, health services, workforce development services, and more to residents in need.
"The overall objective is to touch the lives of people in need, people living below the poverty line. We want to touch them with food and services but also touch them with the love of Christ and connect them to a local church," said Jeff Nene, national spokesperson for Convoy of Hope.
The organization expects up to 5,000 to attend the giveaway event dubbed as a "community celebration" that will give nearly 2,000 local community volunteers the opportunity to "share hope and tangible help with neighbors in a spirit of honor and dignity." more >>