A recently released report by Israel's National Insurance Institute shows that 1.7 million Israelis live below the poverty line, including 23 percent of the country's seniors and 13.7 percent of working families, up from 7 percent in 1999.
Those are the numbers that push Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein — founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) — onto airplanes and then onto stages at packed auditoriums around the world, in order to raise awareness and funds. Though he made aliyah 13 years ago, Eckstein spends half the year away from his Jerusalem home on the road promoting The Fellowship's mission.
The Fellowship is the largest private charitable foundation in Israel, and receives 99 percent of its annual $137 million in donations from Christians — mostly from North America. Funds raised by The Fellowship are distributed to Jews and others in need, whether they are Jews and other communities in Israel lacking adequate food, shelter, and security; Diaspora Jews needing financial assistance to move to Israel; Israeli soldiers finding it hard to make it on an IDF stipend; or elderly Holocaust survivors and other Jews in the former Soviet Union. more >>
A church in Buffalo, New York, is doing its part to ensure that the city's residents stay warm this winter. True Bethel Baptist Church launched its Shepard's Closet mobile clothing service last Tuesday, and consists of a roving bus stocked with free winter gear for local residents.
Shepard's Closet travels the city handing out warm coats, gloves, and scarves to anyone in need. During its run last week, the church gave away winter clothing to school children waiting at bus stops, and visited middle schools and homeless shelters.
"Each time we go out, our whole goal is to take care of a need," said Shepard's Closet project manager Cambridge Boyd to The Christian Post on Thursday. Recipients don't have to be homeless or unemployed. more >>
Although Christians might wish for more answers during times of adversity, turning to God is the most hopeful thing one can do, the Rev. Billy Graham advises in an installment of "Answers" on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website.
Graham addressed the question of what one should do when faced with extreme adversity, writing in the Q&A posted on Friday that although one's struggles might appear insurmountable, they will seem far more manageable with the help of God.
His comments come after an inquirer explains their physical disability and adds: "You'll probably tell me to turn to God, but what good will that do? God isn't going to heal me. I don't think He even cares." more >>
Perry Noble played Wednesday's Powerball lotto, and for him it was no big deal. So when it comes to the debate against Christians — especially pastors — playing the lottery, frankly, the NewSpring megachurch pastor doesn't want to hear it.
"I know, I know — spare me the 'gambling' lectures," writes Noble in a blog post on his website Wednesday. "I remember when the lottery came to SC, Christians lost their mind and began railing about how the anti-Christ was on his way!"
Unlike some spiritual leaders, Noble doesn't frown upon gambling and says it's no different than playing the stock market. more >>
An ecumenical gathering of churches in Tennessee will collaborate on a day devoted to community improvement projects, dubbed "Mission Blitz."
The annual event has been taking place in northwest Tennessee since 2007, and "Mission Blitz 2016" will take place in May, with the first planning meeting scheduled for next week.
Kevin Griffith, co-chair of Mission Blitz, told The Christian Post in an interview that there has been an emphasis on bringing different Christian denominations together. more >>
There are some taxes that folks just love. And in the last two weeks, people have been scrambling to pay one of them. I'm talking about Powerball.
America is in the midst of Powerball fever. And it's not hard to see why. The potential value of a winning ticket went from $40 million in November, to $800 million last Saturday night, to an estimated $1.3 billion as I record.
In interviews everywhere, people are fantasizing about what they would do with all that money. Many are admitting to buying tickets in bulk. Though in one a refreshing change of pace, a woman at a supermarket told a colleague that she wasn't playing because, "No one needs that kind of money." more >>