It's that time again when adults take off to celebrate Labor Day, and kids head back to the adventures a new school year. But for millions of children worldwide the adventures of a new school year remain but a dream.
Sadly, these children will never learn to read or write. They will not acquire computer skills. They will not experience singing in chorus, going on field trips, or playing at recess. Their classrooms will be sweatshops, farm fields, and battlefields. Their days will be filled with long, dirty, dangerous work. And the lessons they will learn are that life is cruel and unfair.
According to the International Labor Organization's (ILO) latest report "Global child labor trends 2008 to 2012," approximately 168 million children aged 5-17 were involved in child labor — that is, labor not in legal accordance with ILO Conventions — in 2012. more >>
Ten years after church denominations and emergency agencies were first on the scene in response to the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, help still trickles in to rebuild communities affected along the Gulf Coast.
On Saturday, church and ministry leaders in the region will be reflecting on the 10-year anniversary of the day when a Category 5 hurricane hit Mississippi and killed over 1,000 people and caused more than $100 billion in property damage in the Gulf states.
Rev. Fred Luter, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, wrote in the Baptist Press that the hurricane "was a test of our faith. It was a test of our belief. It also was a test of our willingness to come back and rebuild." more >>
An Iraqi Archbishop says he argues with God "every day" and is failing to understand "what He is doing" in the face of the extreme suffering of persecuted Christians in the region.
"I don't understand what he is doing when I look at what has happened in the region," Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil told The Criterion, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. "I quarrel with him every day."
Warda said that over 100,000 Christians and other minorities have sought refuge in Erbil over the past year, fleeing the Islamic State terror group. more >>
WASHINGTON — Prominent black pastors and pro-life activists gathered in front of the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday to demand that the taxpayer-funded museum remove a bust of Planned Parenthood's white supremacist founder, Margaret Sanger, from the institution's "Struggle for Justice" exhibit.
After the National Portrait Gallery, which is run by the Smithsonian Institution, refused last week to take action on a letter sent by a coalition of 10 black pastors requesting the removal of Sanger's bust from the gallery, Bishop E.W. Jackson and the conservative group ForAmerica organized a rally Thursday morning to voice displeasure with the Gallery's decision to keep the bust.
Nearly 20 African-American pastors and pro-life advocates spoke at the rally and explained that Sanger, who established abortion organizations that eventually became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, did not advocate for abortion and birth control because she wanted to help "disadvantaged women," but because it was her goal to use eugenics to eliminate what she considered people of "inferior races." more >>
As the aftermath of the Ashley Madison cyber attack that exposed millions of people for using the confidential extramarital affair facilitating website continues to take effect on marriages and lives across the world, leading Evangelist Franklin Graham is reminding members of the website that it's not too late to ask for God's forgiveness.
After Internet hackers revealed last week the names and personal information of over 32 million of Ashley Madison's 37 million members, a number of marriages are now at risk, while some exposed users have been faced with extreme humiliation and have even committed suicide.
Although most Ashley Madison members used the site to cheat on their spouses and commit the sin of adultery, Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, took to Facebook on Tuesday to inform users that now is the time for them to repent. more >>
A regional chapter of Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit against Louisiana following the state's decision to defund the abortion provider.
Filed Tuesday in district court by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc., the suit aims to get an injunction stopping a state effort to cut Medicaid-related funds to the controversial women's health care provider.
"Unless enjoined, the termination of PPGC's Medicaid provider agreements will take effect on September 2, 2015, immediately disqualifying PPGC from providing basic and preventive health care services to over 5200 Louisiana women and men who depend on that care," reads the lawsuit. more >>