A group of Christian bloggers is partnering with South African-based organizations and local churches to raise $150,000 to build a community center in the city of Muabane that will benefit adults and orphans in need of food security and employment opportunities.
Lisa Jo-Baker, a Virginia-based mother and blogger considers herself the storyteller of the initiative and hopes to rally moms with the same heartfelt need to help raise the funds between Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.
"It's a terrifying amount! There's no way I could possibly accomplish it myself. But as scared as I get and as much as I wanted to hide from this call, I felt certain that I heard God's quiet challenge to me and it sounded a lot like Him saying, 'I dare you to lose face.' So I'm all in," said Baker to The Christian Post. more >>
NEW YORK — Gary Haugen, founder and CEO of human rights organization International Justice Mission, recently visited the American Bible Society in NYC to talk with Gabe Lyons of Q Ideas about his new book, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence.
"Beneath the surface of the world's poorest communities, common violence — like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, police abuse and other brutality — has become routine and relentless. And like a horde of locusts devouring everything in their path, the unchecked plague of violence ruins lives, blocks the road out of poverty, and undercuts development," reads a publisher description of Haugen's The Locust Effect, co-written with Victor Boutros.
Haugen has led International Justice Mission for 17 years in its mission to protect the world's poorest and most vulnerable from violence, exploitation and oppression. Haugen, formerly a lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice, saw the horrors of unchecked and systematic violence firsthand when he served as director of the U.N. investigative team in a post-genocide Rwanda. more >>
The Voice of the Martyrs, a Christian nonprofit that highlights the persecution of Christians worldwide, has drawn its attention this month to the hostilities faced by Christians in the Holy Land, and acknowledges that some might find its "position of highlighting Israel as a hostile nation" disagreeable and offensive.
"There's no persecution in the Holy Land … unless you share your faith," reads the quote on the cover of The Voice of the Martyr's February 2014 newsletter. The quote is attributed to Steven Khoury, an Arab Israeli Christian who pastors churches in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Pastor Khoury has spoken in the media of witnessing church members being attacked because of their faith, and of losing an uncle who was martyred.
WASHINGTON – Education experts proposed five innovative ideas for reforming K-12 education to free up the system for dynamic growth through the small government "School Choice" movement.
One scholar claimed the current system which focuses on nebulous "quality" enables government bureaucrats to misuse parents and students. "Forget about 'quality' — all the regulators are trying to take quality and make it their own, putting us into a little box," declared Kara Kerwin, president of the Center for Education Reform (CER), at The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Thursday. Kerwin argued that, instead of "quality," education reformers should focus on promoting success.
Michael Q. McShane, research fellow in education policy studies at AEI, warned about the dangers of switching from a public monopoly to a free market in industry and education. Russia, for example, privatized too quickly, allowing the oligarchs to take control of industry, McShane argued. For successful deregulation, a country needs liberalization, stabilization, and institution building. more >>
As millions of Americans get ready to watch the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks, charities across the United States gear up to provide services to the less fortunate.
Known as the Souper Bowl of Caring, every year since 1990 it has coordinated thousands of charitable groups to raise money and food donations around the time of the Super Bowl.
Melissa Daigneault, spokeswoman for the Souper Bowl of Caring, told The Christian Post about how the Super Bowl time period is often known for "so much consumption." more >>
Feed The Children, a 35-year-old anti-hunger relief organization known for its work in the U.S. and abroad, as well as a scandalous fallout with founder Larry Jones, is banking on a new president and CEO to plot its course in attaining the lofty position of becoming "the world's most respected nonprofit brand with the greatest impact of any nonprofit in the world."
"I want people to know that when they come to us that they're contributing to the long-term self-sufficiency of people in need around the world," said Kevin Hagan, hired in April 2012 by Feed the Children as its new president and CEO.
"We begin by helping and assisting the child and then we expand our work to the family. Hopefully, by lifting the child and the family, we're beginning to engage in the community and lift the community," said Hagan of a new model the organization is using. more >>