Nearly 100 children from low-income families in the White Center area of Seattle were each treated to a $200 back-to-school shopping spree at JCPenney thanks to the heart of a Christian woman who has partnered with the Salvation Army for a decade to sponsor the event.
Jean Renny, a Seattle resident in her 90's who was unable to attend the event on Tuesday, gave $20,000 to the Christian-based organization this year in order to help the children.
"There was a child today whose feet were hurting him because his shoes were three sizes too small… that's the way he showed up [to the shopping event] and we see that over and over again," Lora Marini Baker, a spokesperson for The Salvation Army, told The Christian Post. more >>
More than 120 cyclists who have raised $1.8 million so far to fight global poverty by riding their bicycles across the U.S and Canada are scheduled to go through New York this week, ending their tour on Saturday in Staten Island.
The Sea to Sea 2013 Bike Tour is a nine-week, 3,900-mile cycling trek across North America designed to raise awareness and funds in support of those living in poverty around the world. The tour is sponsored by the Reformed Church in America, Partners Worldwide, and World Renew – the disaster relief arm of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.
The money raised benefits local, national and international agencies fighting poverty. more >>
While some local congregations build floats or manger scenes as a major project, one church in Illinois is looking to build something more aerodynamic.
River of Life Community Church of Clarendon Hills is in the process of completing airplanes for the purpose of using them for mission work in the East African nation of Mozambique. According to Annemarie Mannion of the Chicago Tribune, progress is already being made on the frame of the stainless steel plane, known as the Zenith CH 801.
"The wings of Zenith CH801 have been assembled on the carpeted floor of the River of Life Community Church while volunteers plan in the weeks ahead to install the fuselage to connect the cabin and the tail," wrote Mannion. more >>
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted that some of Christ's teachings are more difficult to follow than others, such as the one about giving all of one's possessions to the poor, but he insisted that many Biblical teaching are applicable to daily life.
"I'm a Christian and I'm an active member of the Church of England, and like all Christians I think I sometimes struggle with some of the sayings and some of the instructions," Cameron said at a question-and-answer session near Blackburn, The Daily Mail reported.
The PM was specifically asked: "What would your response to Jesus be on his instruction to us to sell all our possessions and give the proceeds to the poor?" more >>
An Indiana church that once stood up to the Ku Klux Klan after a 1930 lynching is in danger of being destroyed by the passage of time.
Shaffer African Methodist Episcopal Church of Muncie, a historically black congregation founded circa 1893, has several structural problems to its historic building.
Ivy Farguheson, reporter with The Star Press, wrote of the situation Monday as a local group, Whitely Community Council, seeks to raise funds for the church's repairs. more >>
A Nashville-based Christian organization that equips orphans and impoverished aspiring musicians in the developing world with quality instruments says the gift of music alleviates "poverty of the soul."
The non-profit group, called Instruments of Joy, said it is bringing joy to the world with the gift of music in Jesus' name. Each donated instrument is prayed over before it is sent and the plan is for a card with John 3:16 to be attached.
"A lot of organizations fight physical poverty by giving water, food and clothing. At Instruments of Joy we are focused on alleviating poverty of the soul by giving the gift of music," said the group's founder, Joshua MacLeod. He is looking for sponsors to help fund the goal of distributing 2,000 quality instruments annually by the year 2015. more >>