Disaster relief teams with the North Carolina-based Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse arrived in Colorado Springs, Colo., this week where the massive Black Forest fire burned more than 14,000 acres, destroyed nearly 500 homes and claimed two lives. Since setting up its Disaster Relief Unit on Wednesday at a local church, the ministry has already received requests for help from 190 homeowners, say officials.
"The fire has taken a terrible toll on people in Colorado Springs," said Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham. "We will have teams of volunteers working with the homeowners to salvage anything the flames left behind and to not only help them recover physically, but to show them that God loves them."
Samaritan's Purse disaster experts were shown the burn area on Wednesday and met with emergency management officials yesterday to discuss when volunteers will be allowed into the neighborhoods to help fire victims. more >>
A California museum has decided to showcase relics from the large set once used by Cecil B. DeMille to film his silent movie epic "The Ten Commandments."
The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, a conservation entity focused on the local ecosystem of Guadalupe, began displaying items from the buried set of the 1920s biblical epic. Known as the "Lost City of DeMille," the exhibit featuring the latest unveiled items from the excavated site began with an event Friday evening at the Dunes Center.
"Join the Dunes Center as we unveil the latest artifacts in our exhibit entitled 'The Lost City of DeMille' during the 90th anniversary of Cecil B. DeMille's filming of the epic Ten Commandments in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes," reads the event's description. more >>
In the early to late-mid nineteenth century, New York City was at the center of the abolitionist movement to abolish slavery and Christianity was at its epicenter. Today, a new abolitionist movement is emerging in the city, this time to abolish the global trade of women and children for sex, and committed Christians are still centrally involved key players.
Over 150 years ago, New Yorkers were motivated by outspoken religious leaders, religious groups, and organizations involved with the Underground Railroad. The fiery sermons of Brooklyn's anti-slavery preacher Henry Ward Beecher received international attention. His sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, authored the best-selling novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, which became the longest running play at the time, rousing even those on the Bowery to participate in the abolitionist movement.
Today, there are more slaves than at any time in history – an estimated 27 million worldwide are trafficked for sex, the majority of whom are women; 2 million are children. Every hour 34 children are forced into prostitution in America. more >>
A Catholic Archdiocese located in Illinois has launched a charity aimed at raising $350 million to fund its education programs, reportedly the largest charity drive any American diocese has attempted.
Francis Cardinal George, head of The Archdiocese of Chicago, announced the effort at St. Stanislaus Kostka School on at a press conference Wednesday.
"The Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago and our faith formation programs make their case in the lives of those transformed by them," said Cardinal George in a message posted online. more >>
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, one of the country's most well-known breast cancer research charities, recently announced that it will be canceling its trademark Washington, D.C., three-day "Race for the Cure" fundraiser, along with walks in six other cities in 2014.
The charity, which suffered public criticism last year for its decision to defund Planned Parenthood and for reversing that decision, has indicated that "economic uncertainty" is the reason the organization has chosen to cancel seven fundraiser walks.
"The difficult decision to exit these markets was not made lightly, as we know this bold and empowering event has touched the lives of thousands of participants like you," the Dallas-based group said in a statement. more >>
An atheist group has announced plans to create a hotline help number for the benefit of those who have decided to leave religion but are struggling to find support.
Recovering From Religion, a secular company seeking to provide people leaving their religious views with various resources, hopes to raise $30,000 by June 30 for "The Hotline Project."
"Recovering From Religion is launching a brand new campaign to start The Hotline Project. With your help, the Secular Movement can provide a valuable service for people struggling with their faith, with nowhere to turn," reads an entry on their website. more >>