The world's top donors are as much as $2.7 billion short in aid money for Syrians affected by the ongoing civil war crisis, a report by international aid agency Oxfam has revealed.
"Too many donor countries are not delivering the level of funds that is expected of them," said Colette Fearon, head of Oxfam Syria program. "While economic times are tough, we are facing the largest man-made humanitarian disaster in two decades and we have to seriously address it. The scale of this crisis is unprecedented and some countries must start to show their concerns to the crisis in Syria by putting their hands in their pockets."
The two-and-a-half year civil war in Syria between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebel fighters has been called "the great tragedy" of the 21st century by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in which over 100,000 people have lost their lives and over 2 million have fled as refugees. more >>
Several faith-based relief effort crews from the Salvation Army, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team and Convoy of Hope, a relief organization, have been dispatched to aid victims in several flood-stricken areas of Colorado, after torrential rains inundated a vast majority of the state nearly a week ago.
At least eight people have been killed by deadly flooding that swamped 17 counties, while over 500 continue to be unaccounted for, which state officials say could be an issue of "book-keeping and cross-referencing," according to ABC News. In addition, thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes while nearly an estimated 18,000 houses have been damaged.
Salvation Army response units have been in Colorado for days now and have provided over 10,000 meals to residents while they continue to establish short and long-term evacuation shelters that will remain open for the next 30 to 90 days. more >>
Syrian refugees have said that they are "horrified" at the prospect of a U.S. military attack on the government to take down President Bashar al-Assad, while Muslims have shared their amazement at a Christian missionary group providing relief in the region.
"It is about divided, the opinion. Some believe the rebels did it, but the majority of the people I talked to believe that Assad gassed his own people. That's the general feeling in the camps," Dr. Terry Law, the founder and president of World Compassion Ministries, shared with The Christian Post in a phone interview on Monday.
"They are horrified by it. Anybody in the camps says 'no more bombing, no more violence, our homes are destroyed already' and they are begging 'please let there be no response from the U.S. Just leave us alone,'" Law added of what refugees think of President Barack Obama's warnings of a military strike on Syria to punish Assad for using chemical weapons to kill 1,429 people in August. more >>
Massive flooding throughout the state of Colorado is forcing thousands to flee their homes while the National Guard is trying to reach an entire town trapped by floodwater in what some has described as the "largest storm in the state's history."
"It's got to be the largest storm that I can imagine in the state's history," Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper said at a news conference, Reuters reported, urging people to stay out of floodwater areas.
The massive storm, which forecasters say has caused the worst flooding in the state in over three decades, has turned roads into rivers, in some places reaching up to three feet deep. At least three people are believed to have died so far. more >>
Focus on the Family will be cutting additional staff this year, keeping with a recent trend found with the Colorado-based pro-family organization.
Monica Schleicher, director of public relations for the Colorado Springs ministry, told The Christian Post that part of the cuts were due to a new business partnership.
"We've…decided to partner with the Ambassador Advertising Agency to syndicate and distribute Focus radio products. This impacts our in-house agency, Briargate Media, and as of Oct. 1, 2013, Briargate will no longer distribute Focus radio products," said Schleicher. more >>
Young adults in their late teens and twenties face challenges familiar to adults, but new to them: idealistic and ready to change the world, they find themselves stuck in an unfulfilling job, long-term singleness, or a general set of circumstances where they cannot achieve their full potential. However, the Bible has answers for the existential angst they may feel in their "quarter-life crisis."
"If they think they have to have an 'X' amount of money by the age of 25 and they don't achieve that, then they can have a huge sense of letdown," Biblical counselor June Hunt, founder, CEO, and CSO of Hope For The Heart ministries, told The Christian Post in a recent interview. But success isn't an exact amount of money, the perfect spouse, popularity in the arts, or the ability to achieve things, she argued. Instead, "success is becoming the person God created you to be."
Below are six biblical lessons geared to provide comfort and direction for those struggling with a quarter-life crisis - defined as "feelings of confusion, anxiety, and self-doubt experienced by some people in their twenties, especially after completing their education," according to the dictionary WordSpy. more >>