A number of Christian charity organizations have produced gift catalogs showing alternative gift-giving ideas as a unique way of celebrating Mother's Day. The alternative gifts, given in the name of a mother, help improve the lives of poverty-stricken children and families struggling to survive in developing countries.
"As we celebrate Mother's Day and thank God for the influence of our mothers and wives, please remember the millions of children and mothers who have never heard of Jesus, [the One] who will provide for them," exhorted Dr. K.P. Yohannan, president of Gospel for Asia, as reported by the National Religious Broadcasters.
Gospel for Asia is encouraging people to honor their mothers by supporting a Bridge of Hope child. The ministry's goal is to equip at least 2,000 children with education, meals, and the love of Christ by Mother's Day. more >>
WASHINGTON – A group of about 150 Christian clergy, leaders, and Congressmen have signed a pledge to support persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
Meant as a stance of solidarity with Christians in Syria, Iraq, and Egypt, the pledge was entered into the congressional record by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.).
"Now facing an existential threat to their presence in the lands where Christianity has its roots, the Churches in the Middle East fear they have been largely ignored by their coreligionists in the West," reads the pledge in part. more >>
WASHINGTON — A panel of experts on economics and theology who have recently come together to author a book on poverty believe that anti-poverty efforts need a biblical answer, but the Bible does not teach socialism.
Various experts brought together by the American Enterprise Institute presented their views on combatting poverty Tuesday afternoon at an event titled "For the least of these: A biblical answer to poverty."
The panel, which was cosponsored by the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, was comprised of some of the authors involved in a book of the same name released by WestBow Press last February. more >>
About 25 people were temporarily stuck in an evangelical church in Kimberly, Ala., Monday night after one of the 13 tornadoes that ravaged the state destroyed most of the church building, trapping those who had been hiding for cover in its basement.
When a tornado began ripping down U.S. 31 on Monday night, congregants and members of the community gathered in the basement of the Kimberly Church of God, located near the highway, to seek shelter. After the tornado passed through, leaving behind broken stained glass and a missing roof, those hiding in the church attempted to escape through a large door in the fellowship hall that had reportedly become jammed during the tornado.
"That fellowhship hall door got wedged somehow," Stan Cooke, the pastor of Kimberly Church of God, told Al.com. The pastor went on to explain that no one panicked about their temporary predicament, but rather kicked down the door to escape the destroyed building. "Somebody knocked it off the hinges. There was no panic, no major injuries. They felt safe the whole time." more >>
Two pastors from the same town in Arkansas are left grasping for answers after a deadly tornado swept through their town on Sunday evening, damaging one pastor's home and church and completely demolishing another pastor's house. This is the second tornado to damage the small Southern town in three years.
Wade Lentz, pastor of Beryl Baptist Church in Vilonia, Ark., says he is still trying to "understand why" God has allowed his family to go through the suffering of enduring another tornado's destruction, but adds that he knows "God does not make any mistakes."
There have been at least eleven new deaths from tornadoes that ravaged Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, according to officials on Monday. The twisters moved across the South, bringing the total death toll to 29 and threatening nearly 75 million Americans in the region.
"Scattered to numerous severe thunderstorms will affect portions of the lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys into central and eastern gulf states this afternoon into tonight. Several tornadoes, a few of which could be strong. Very large hail and straight line damaging winds appear likely," the National Weather Service stated in the latest warning Tuesday morning.
At least 17 people were killed in Arkansas and Oklahoma earlier on Sunday during the tornado outbreak, leaving scores of homes and businesses destroyed. Fox News shared that tens of thousands of people were without power in Alabama, Kentucky, and Mississippi, while thousands of others remained in basements and shelters. more >>