Invisible Children has produced a response video to critics of its KONY 2012 campaign that was launched by the organization last week aimed at capturing Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony.
The KONY 2012 campaign gained massive attention in the cyber world last week, and within six days became the most viewed viral video of all time.
Despite massive amounts of attention and viewership, the campaign drew stark criticism from many arguing that the the producers simplified a complex problem and offered little historical narrative to educate viewers on the actual problems Ugandans are currently facing. more >>
NEW YORK - Scott Kwak of New Jersey began his career dabbling in everything from teaching English in South Korea to working in publishing, and eventually became a successful businessman in his own right, developing and heading his own e-commerce company. But in the summer of 2007, everything changed when the market crashed and forced him to close down the company he had devoted himself to for years. He was left in a state of loss and disillusion.
"As my company plummeted, my wealth with God plummeted," Kwak told The Christian Post in a recent interview. "I lost my desire to go on, I didn't care about life as a whole."
Feeling down and out, the 32-year-old decided on a whim to attend a speaking engagement featuring Loren Cunningham of the global Christian group Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Cunningham's revolutionary vision of youth missions sparked something in Kwak, and for the first time he paused and asked himself, "What am I doing here?" more >>
Faith-based humanitarian organization Convoy of Hope is giving confidence and a fresh start to a group of people in Joplin, Mo., who have not had a place to call home since a tornado ripped through their city nearly a year ago.
A groundbreaking ceremony to build half a dozen storm-resilient, "green" homes for families who lost their homes in the tornado last year took place on Monday.
Jeff Nene, senior director of Public Relations for Convoy, told The Christian Post that the ceremony had a turnout of 50-75 people and the six new homeowners got to turn the first bit of dirt for the ceremony. more >>
NASHVILLE – An expert on philanthropy revealed this week that counter to popular opinion, giving to religious institutions has not declined despite the hard financial times.
Dr. Patrick Rooney, executive director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, sorted through the available statistics, picking out those pertaining to religious institutions and individuals, and shared them during the National Religious Broadcasters convention earlier this week.
One myth he addressed is that religious giving has melted together with the global economy. According to research by the center at Indiana University and others, giving to religious organizations has grown despite the recession, Rooney assured. In fact, "religious giving tends to be more recession proof" than secular philanthropy, he said. Over 15 years, religious giving has grown 1.3 percent per year. more >>
Monday marks the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday, a time when many Americans will participate in the official MLK Day of Service.
World Vision is also taking part, and has created a new opportunity for those to pitch in. The Christian humanitarian aid organization is encouraging those who can’t volunteer somewhere in person to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering virtually.
They have created a way for people to purchase food kits or pre-packaged meals online. Each kit contains three to four meal packets (breakfast, lunch, dinner) or enough food to feed a family of five for one day by providing sustenance such as oatmeal, lentil soup, and pasta. more >>
A "celebration service" for the life of Jessica Joy Rees, a Southern California girl who spearheaded a national campaign to help children suffering from illness while she herself had inoperable brain tumors, is planned for Wednesday at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.
This past Thursday, Rees’ family announced that the 12-year-old had lost her nearly yearlong battle with cancer. On Facebook, they posted:
"Dear friends...we have prayed and prayed and prayed for sweet Jessie to be healed here on earth but God's plan was to use heaven for healing. Jessie earned her wings today and is with Jesus now!!! No pain..complete vision...spreading joy. Please pray for our family as we walk out of the valley of death and towards the mountain top … Please join us in carrying on her joyful spirit and Never Ever Give Up attitude." more >>