As the Syria civil war rages on and the U.N. investigates claims that chemical weapons might have been used in the conflict, one Christian missionary organization helping refugees has revealed that the people are hungry for the message of Christ, and urged believers to come together and help out in one of the most urgent humanitarian crises of the new millennium.
"We executed a food distribution and ministry program where we supplied food for about a two week period to 2,000 refugees, and during the event we distributed Bibles in their language and the story of Jesus booklets," Eric English, executive director of Strategic Planning for World Compassion Terry Law Ministries told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday.
Despite efforts from the U.N., the U.S. and other government bodies, there seems to be no end to the Syrian crisis, where rebels from the Free Syrian Army are fighting President Bashar al-Assad's Syrian Armed Forces, in a conflict which began in early 2011 and has claimed over 100,000 lives to date. more >>
While some local congregations build floats or manger scenes as a major project, one church in Illinois is looking to build something more aerodynamic.
River of Life Community Church of Clarendon Hills is in the process of completing airplanes for the purpose of using them for mission work in the East African nation of Mozambique. According to Annemarie Mannion of the Chicago Tribune, progress is already being made on the frame of the stainless steel plane, known as the Zenith CH 801.
"The wings of Zenith CH801 have been assembled on the carpeted floor of the River of Life Community Church while volunteers plan in the weeks ahead to install the fuselage to connect the cabin and the tail," wrote Mannion. more >>
Nasir Jones, the popular rapper otherwise known as Nas, has successfully rallied thousands of strangers from across the nation to open their hearts and wallets to help an unemployed Washington, D.C. man and his eight children find a new home after a sudden fire forced them to move into a hotel.
After learning last week about the Youngs in a news report, Nas, a single father himself, immediately leaped into action by launching a crowdfunding campaign, and immediately plunking down $5,000 of his own money.
"I am also a single father, and we don't get enough credit in this country. I'm committed to helping Stanley and his eight (yes 8!) kids. Moreover, I believe and hope that we should all, as a community, come together to help our fellow American men and women when they need us in desperate situations like this," Nas explained online at the start of the campaign. more >>
Presbyterian Church (USA) has joined the effort to get the fast food giant Wendy's to join a program meant to improve the rights of agricultural workers. However, Wendy's told The Christian Post that the company does business with suppliers who respect farmworker rights and the protest is nothing new.
Members of PC (USA) will join other groups Saturday to hold a nationwide demonstration against Wendy's in the hopes of encouraging the Dublin, Ohio based company to sign on to the Fair Food Program (FFP).
Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the General Assembly of the PC (USA), said in a statement that FFP "is a social responsibility program that ensures humane treatment and increased pay for Florida tomato pickers." more >>
An Indiana church that once stood up to the Ku Klux Klan after a 1930 lynching is in danger of being destroyed by the passage of time.
Shaffer African Methodist Episcopal Church of Muncie, a historically black congregation founded circa 1893, has several structural problems to its historic building.
Ivy Farguheson, reporter with The Star Press, wrote of the situation Monday as a local group, Whitely Community Council, seeks to raise funds for the church's repairs. more >>
A Nashville-based Christian organization that equips orphans and impoverished aspiring musicians in the developing world with quality instruments says the gift of music alleviates "poverty of the soul."
The non-profit group, called Instruments of Joy, said it is bringing joy to the world with the gift of music in Jesus' name. Each donated instrument is prayed over before it is sent and the plan is for a card with John 3:16 to be attached.
"A lot of organizations fight physical poverty by giving water, food and clothing. At Instruments of Joy we are focused on alleviating poverty of the soul by giving the gift of music," said the group's founder, Joshua MacLeod. He is looking for sponsors to help fund the goal of distributing 2,000 quality instruments annually by the year 2015. more >>