Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse and other humanitarian organizations have sent emergency medical teams to West Africa to deal with a major outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has claimed 390 lives so far, making it the deadliest in recorded history.
"This is one of the most deadly diseases in the world, and it must be contained as quickly as possible," said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse. "We're sending a team of highly skilled doctors and nurses, and we want to do all we can to help bring this outbreak under control."
The World Health Organization has said that at least 600 cases and 390 deaths have been reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, since the outbreak started in March. Up until now, no single outbreak had claimed more than 300 lives. more >>
Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, met with Sudanese Ambassador to the United States Maowia Khalid on Wednesday to discuss the efforts to free Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian woman who was imprisoned due to allegations of apostasy. Ibrahim, whose husband is a U.S. citizen and who recently gave birth to their second child while in prison, was freed but then detained again at an airport in Sudan with her American husband when they tried to leave the country.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Perkins said that he felt the meeting at the embassy over the status of Ibrahim and her family went well.
"I met with him for about an hour. I think the ambassador is a very reasonable man, understands the issue here," said Perkins. more >>
A church in Arizona facing the possibility of foreclosure due to owing money on a tax it claims was illegal has raised about $68,000 to remain open.
Church of the Isaiah 58 Project was given a $50,000 tax bill from La Paz County that the congregation argues it does not have to pay.
Washington D.C. Mayor Vince Gray rallied the support of churches to launch a faith-based approach initiative to end homelessness and housing instability in the District of Columbia.
The program, "One Congregation. One Family.," which kicked off Wednesday, asks worship houses throughout the city to take on one family and provide emotional, social, and spiritual support to help them become self-sufficient.
"While government can provide supports like job training, housing assistance and other resources, congregations can provide further help and can surround families with positive role models, practical advice and many other resources to help these families once again become self-sufficient and move into secure, permanent housing," Mayor Gray said in a statement. more >>
Americans are increasingly giving more to charity, but less of that money is going to the church, according to a newly released report.
An annual research report released Tuesday by the Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy found that Americans are increasing their donations to charities.
For the year 2013, Americans gave approximately $335 billion to charity, which represented an increase of 3 percent when adjusted for inflation. more >>
Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse has deployed disaster relief teams to northeast Nebraska, where two tornadoes caused devastating area damage and claimed two lives.
"The reports we've received about yesterday's storms are devastating," said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, in a statement. "This community lost everything including their town's business district and fire station. We will be there for as long as it takes to support them and help them begin rebuilding their lives."
Equipment and supplies are expected to arrive in the town of Pilger by Wednesday evening, including a Disaster Relief Unit, stocked with chainsaws, heavy-duty plastic tarps, generators and other tools. more >>