After being told by his doctor two years ago that he would not be able to run again, Pastor Matthew Barnett of the Los Angeles Dream Center will run a full marathon Sunday to raise support and awareness for women exploited through human trafficking.
"It's very emotional for me because two years ago, I had a pulmonary embolism that almost took my life. I've lived in fear of this changing my lifestyle forever. The marathon is a way for me to face these fears once and for all in the ultimate test," Barnett told The Christian Post. "I'm a pastor and I probably need more faith but this has tested my breathing and my confidence. I believe running for a greater cause will push me over the top."
Over 100 Dream Center staff along with several human trafficking survivors will also participate in the 5K charity relay and marathon and are urging the Christian Community to help sponsor them. Their goal is to raise $50,000 and as of Thursday morning, over $43,000 had been donated by supporting individuals and churches throughout the country, as shown on Barnett's fundraising page. more >>
The Conservative Political Action Conference will not feature a booth for an atheist organization as the event's organizers have changed course on an initial approval, according to the atheist group.
American Atheists, an organization founded in 1963 by famous non-theist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, announced Tuesday that they were disinvited from the annual Washington, D.C. conference.
"American Atheists President David Silverman received a phone call from American Conservative Union Executive Director Dan Schneider informing him that the ACU board is breaking its agreement to permit American Atheists to host an information booth," stated American Atheists in a press release. more >>
A conservative LGBT organization will be part of this year's Conservative Political Action Conference event in Washington, DC after long being banned from the event.
GOProud, a pro-gay group that holds several politically conservative views, will participate in CPAC next month as a guest organization.
A United Methodist charity is looking to provide 700,000 malaria nets to a province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by mid-March.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is looking to collect and distribute the large number of nets on behalf of residents of Maniema Province. An estimated 3,000 volunteers will be headed to the eastern Congo province next month, reported Julia Kayser Frisbie of UMCOR.
"While one volunteer hangs a net over the sleeping area in each home, the other speaks with the family," wrote Frisbie. "Their key messages: Mosquitoes bearing malaria parasites transmit the disease through their bites." more >>
A billboard posted by a Kentucky-based ministry that seeks to treat individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction has garnered controversy for its message.
Abba's Delight recently posted the billboard in Louisville, which features a sunny sky and the phrase "Not everyone who is gay is happy. You have options."
A Michigan church made their vision a reality when they gathered thousands of volunteers to prepare over two million meals in three days to feed hungry children around the world last weekend.
Pastor Brad Powell of NorthRidge Church led the "2 Million Meals" project with nearly 9,000 helpers who assembled the meals consisting of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and 21 vitamins and minerals. The meals will be shipped to El Salvador, Haiti and the Philippines, where 5,560 children will be able to eat a meal every day for one year.
"The truth is, this has been an amazing experience because of the impact it's going to cause in the lives of every child and every person who's going to eat these meals," said Powell, according to ABC News. "But I think you can see from the energy in this room and all that's going on it's going to change more than just the lives of those who will eat this food." more >>