Christian leaders have called on the faith community to help the United Nations and its partners maximize efforts in the Millennium Development Goals initiative meant to eradicate extreme poverty, reduce child deaths and ensure environmental sustainability within the next two and a half years.
"We must celebrate the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, but realize there is much more to be done to reach the targets we have set ourselves," said World Vision President Rich Stearns, according to a press release. "The church can play an important role in galvanizing action."
Stearns made the remarks Wednesday at the "Church Leaders Praying and Acting to End Extreme Poverty" event at The Church Center near the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, meant to coincide with the annual meeting of the world's leaders. more >>
The faith-based relief organization, Convoy of Hope, is making a stop in Omaha, Neb. on Saturday to offer $1 million worth of free goods and services including groceries, haircuts, dental check-ups, health services, workforce development services, and more to residents in need.
"The overall objective is to touch the lives of people in need, people living below the poverty line. We want to touch them with food and services but also touch them with the love of Christ and connect them to a local church," said Jeff Nene, national spokesperson for Convoy of Hope.
The organization expects up to 5,000 to attend the giveaway event dubbed as a "community celebration" that will give nearly 2,000 local community volunteers the opportunity to "share hope and tangible help with neighbors in a spirit of honor and dignity." more >>
Despite Raleigh, N.C., city administrators' public remarks that they were caught off guard when a Christian ministry was shutdown by police in August for feeding the homeless, recently released emails suggest that the shutdown had been planned for months.
Love Wins Ministries, which until August had served food at a park to the homeless on weekends for six years, wrote on its blog Thursday that emails published by Raleigh's News and Observer showed that city officials had "been colluding for months" to end the feeding program.
An email dated July 10 from Public Affairs Director Jayne Kirkpatrick indicates that she sent a video team to Moore Square to capture footage for "a public education campaign on the harm that is done by persons feeding the homeless in Moore Square." more >>
Chelsea Clinton kicked off World Vision and Proctor and Gamble's clean water campaign yesterday at the Clinton Global Initiative.
"In 2010, Proctor and Gamble committed to saving one life every hour by the year 2020 through providing 2 billion liters of drinking water every year," said Clinton. "Hopefully we will reach truly hundreds of millions of people through social media with our collective message about what Proctor and Gamble and World Vision are doing together and how we can help increase the impact of their work when we all indeed mobilize.
"The water purification packets that you saw in the video truly are incredible solution for millions living in emergency situations. The technology saves lives and it's not difficult to use," added Clinton, who visited Rwanda and Myanmar earlier this year, two of the sites where World Vision will implement the water initiative. more >>
A South Sudan Bishop has warned that the devil is behind the apathy present in some Christian churches and communities that allows them to relax and enjoy comforts while ignoring the plight of suffering people in third world countries.
"The Christian churches need to become more involved in advocacy," Bishop Elias Taban of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and Uganda said in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Wednesday.
"God has made us stewards of the entire world, (we need to) get involved in building the third world countries, in terms of prayer and physical support," he continued. "When we relax behind our comfortable zones, the problems will continue and come closer." more >>
NEW YORK – Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair and top leaders from around the world warned at the start of the Climate Week conference in New York that man-made climate change is a 95 percent certainty, calling for serious and urgent action to address the devastating disasters that have impacted the planet in recent times.
"This year is perhaps more critical than ever before," Blair said at the opening ceremony of the 5th annual Climate Week on Monday. "Here in the U.S., people's lives and livelihoods have been disturbed by extreme weather. The devastating floods of Colorado are a one in a thousand year event – and at the same time, 60 percent of the country is gripped in a severe drought."
Blair added that he is not pessimistic about the world's response to climate change, but is worried about the speed of progress. more >>