Four people have been confirmed dead and 284 are still missing after the South Korean ferry "Sewol" sank off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul on Wednesday.
Yonhap News Agency reported that dozens of ships and helicopters are searching for nearly 300 missing people who were traveling from Incheon in the north-west to the southern resort island of Jeju. Currently 174, people have been rescued. Reports noted that there were 459 people on board, including 325 students and 15 teachers from Seoul's Ansan Danwon High School.
David Gallo, director of special projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, told CNN that rescue workers are facing great challenges, going up against darkness, cold and swift currents, among other obstacles. more >>
International relief organization Samaritan's Purse is responding to an Ebola outbreak in Liberia by providing emergency medical supplies and conducting awareness campaigns.
The Christian organization, led by evangelist Franklin Graham, dispatched medical response personnel to various parts of the country after the disease claimed the lives of over 80 people throughout several West African countries last week.
"This is a very serious situation that could become even more critical in the coming days," said Graham in a statement. "Our team in Liberia is committed to doing all we can to share God's love with Liberian people by providing medical support and other relief." more >>
After months of waiting, people have had it. Well, as of Friday, at least a few hundred people have had it anyway.
The White House Petitions website is now the subject of a petition on the White House website that calls for the White House Petitions website to answer White House Petitions on the White House Petitions website.
A petition posted on April Fools' Day (or April Atheists' Day in some circles) demands that the White House answer every petition that has gotten more than 100,000 signatories within one month of reaching their goal. more >>
To mark Monday's 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, where close to 800,000 people were killed, one survivor working with Operation Christmas Child has shared his personal story of visiting and forgiving the people who murdered his family. He also revealed that the country has experienced remarkable healing and growth in the past couple of decades.
"It was a miracle that God opened up the opportunity for me to meet one of the guys, the guy who killed my uncle, and I was able to share that message of love and forgiveness, and to be able to plant the seeds of hope and love in his life. And [tell him] that Christ also came and died for him, and He loves him just as much as He loves me," Alex Nsengimana shared with The Christian Post.
"It was probably one of the toughest days of my life, but also one of my most freeing days, because I was able to let go and was able to have the peace that only Jesus Christ can offer." more >>
Families are praying for loved ones amid tragic stories as the death toll following Saturday's mudslide in Washington state hit 25, with close to 90 people still unaccounted for.
The death toll rose again on Wednesday night, Reuters reported, as rescue crews recovered new bodies from the 1-square-mile mudslide in the rural Snohomish County. The disaster, which was the result of recent heavy rainfall that caused uneven ground, destroyed close to 35 homes and devastated the entire community.
"All the people I know are gone," said construction worker Steve Findley, who was helping out with breakfast at a temporary shelter in Arlington. more >>
Many Evangelicals and conservative Christians are expressing support for World Vision's decision to reverse course on a policy change allowing for the hiring of gay married employees.
As the announcement of the reversal in policy change was released Wednesday, many figures commented on the new development.
Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, expressed his approval of the reversal on Twitter. more >>