The annual Housing and Urban Development report on America's homeless population shows an overall decline, but some cities are declaring a state of emergency on what they are calling a homeless crisis.
According to HUD, in January, 564,708 people were classified as "homeless on a given night," with 31 percent of those either foregoing or not having access to shelter.
The HUD report states that the goal of the federal government is to end "chronic homelessness by 2017." more >>
To really help the poor, we must not only change their mindset and worldview — but ours as well!
Peace Corps volunteer Josie Kornegay was in the West African nation of Sierra Leone teaching a class on microbiology for ten nursing students. As related in Darrow Miller and Stan Guthrie's book, "Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Cultures," "[a]fter the final exam, one student raised her hand and said, 'Miss, I know that you taught us about polio, but do you want to know how people really get it?'"
Josie's heart sank. "How?" she asked the student, who replied, "It's the witches!" . . . They are invisible. They fly around at night and bite people's backs!" more >>
Pope Francis has warned that there will be "catastrophic" consequences for the planet unless global leaders agree on a plan to reduce the use of fossil fuels and tackle climate change.
"'Particular interests,' the pontiff insisted, should not be allowed to prevail over the common good in the fight against global warming and climate change," Crux reported on Francis' words at a U.N. campus in Nairobi, Kenya. "He also took an indirect shot at global warming skeptics, warning against 'manipulating information' to serve someone's 'plans and projects.'"
The Vatican leader's comments come just days ahead of the global climate change meeting that will take place Nov.30-Dec. 11 in Paris, where representatives from 194 countries will attend. more >>
Many health-related problems Americans face are directly related to hunger and malnutrition, according to a new report by the ecumenical Christian anti-poverty group Bread for the World.
At a press conference on Monday, Bread for the World released its 2016 Hunger Report titled "The Nourishing Effect," which focused on the link between hunger and health.
"Hunger and poverty put people at greater risk of poor health by limiting access to nutritious foods that promote good health," wrote Bread for the World President, the Rev. David Beckmann, in the foreword to report. more >>
The United Methodist Church has raised $68 million to fight malaria, meeting 90 percent of its goal for the year.
In a campaign officially running through 2016, UMC leaders stated earlier this week that the denomination's Imagine No Malaria fundraiser is in its final stretch.
Bishop Thomas Bickerton, chair of the UMC's Global Health Initiative, told The Christian Post that Imagine No Malaria raised the $68 million via " ... numerous means that primarily include grassroots fundraising through local United Methodist congregations." more >>
It's that time of year again. Time for people to go about stores and malls and shop 'til they drop.
America's love of shopping kicks into high gear during November and December, as Black Friday and holiday sales abound.
This intense shopping season often brings crazed crowds who climb over each other for better and better deals. more >>