When you look at a bridge you may simply see a span that connects distant sides. But once you hear about Candy Christmas and her ministry to feed and clothe Nashville's homeless and needy, you just might see bridges with brand new eyes.
Yes, her name is Candy Christmas and her outreach ministry is as sweet as her name.
Christmas runs a weekly outreach to feed the homeless called The Bridge, Inc., a non-profit that provides services and every day necessities to Nashville's "food insecure, poor and homeless." The Bridge is aptly named — it acts as a lifeline to a segment of society that is often forgotten, and the outreach takes place beneath Nashville's Jefferson Street Bridge. more >>
A Texas-based charity received its own Christmas miracle of sorts when a donor left a $50,000 check underneath the statue of the Christ Child in their outdoor manger scene.
The Children's Home, a Christian orphanage started in 1924, was recently given the surprise donation in a nativity display placed outside its administrative offices.
Over 100 leaders from the Southern Baptist Convention and other Evangelical organizations are calling on Christians to welcome Iraqi and Syrian refugees and establish programs at their churches to help resettled refugees get acclimated to their new communities and cultures.
More than 100 Evangelical leaders gathered at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College in Illinois on Thursday and signed onto a declaration calling on Christians to be more compassionate toward Syrian and Iraqi refugees as they seek asylum from the persecution and violence caused by the Syrian civil war and the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group.
The leaders, who represent various denominations, humanitarian groups and other Evangelical groups, explained that as more than 60 million people across the globe and as many as 4.4 million Syrians have fled from their hometowns, "moments like these are when Christians cannot remain silent and still." more >>
A Spanish church is displaying a nativity scene that replaces baby Jesus with Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned off the coast of Turkey in September and sparked international awareness of the refugee crisis, as a way of highlighting the plight faced by migrants.
The Spanish news site The Local reports that San Anton Church in the Chueca district of downtown Madrid set up a nativity scene that features a doll model of Kurdi lying face down just like in the infamous photograph from September, which showed him lying dead with his face buried in the sand on a Turkish beach.
The nativity scene, which also replaces Mother Mary and Joseph with the boy's grieving parents, is housed inside of a refugee tent instead of a manger, while the floor is a map highlighting the main routes used by migrants to enter Europe. The walls of the tent are line with recreations of drawings done by refugee children. more >>
Across the country, legions of young football players long to make it to the big time, to get that super-huge multimillion dollar contract with the NFL.
Jason Brown did just that. In 2009, Brown got a $37 million contract to play with the St. Louis Rams. But then one day he decided to walk away from it.
The reason? Brown decided that he was meant for something greater, specifically to be a farmer whose products feed the needy. more >>
A San Diego megachurch this past Saturday gave away nearly 23,000 toys to underserved children in the Southern California city where 2014 data from the U.S. Census Bureau reports that more than 1 in 5 children live in poverty.
In its 19th year, the annual Toys for Joy Christmas event, organized by The Rock Church, gave away toys to some 20,000 locals who came to one of its four event locations: San Marcos High School, El Cajon Valley High School, Lincoln High School and Southwest High School, Mei Ling Nazar, public relations director at The Rock Church, told The Christian Post. The fun-filled event not only catered to kids, but to the whole family. Adults and children were able to enjoy lunch together, as well as receive clothing, groceries, haircuts, manicures and listen to live entertainment.
Founded by Miles McPherson, senior pastor of The Rock Church, Toys for Joy aims to positively impact the lives of San Diego-area children and families in an event that ministers to physical, emotional and spiritual needs. The Rock Church partners with other local churches, schools, community organizations and businesses to make the annual event possible. more >>