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 >>
Princeton professor and prominent religious freedom and traditional marriage advocate Robert George has been hospitalized with a serious heart ccomplication that now appears as though it is no longer life threatening.
George, who is the chair of the State Department's United States Commission on International Religious Freedoms and the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton, began feeling abdominal pain on Sunday and checked himself into the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro in New Jersey, where he was diagnosed with a life-threatening tear on the inner layer of his aorta.
After he disclosed his condition, a number of George's friends, colleagues and peers asked followers on social media to pray for his health and a speedy recovery. more >>
Hundreds of Muslim-Americans have come together to raise close to $200,000 for the families of the San Bernardino shooting victims, explaining that they want to respond "to evil with good."
"We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action. Our [Islamic] prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said: 'Have mercy to those on Earth, and the One in the Heavens (God) will have mercy upon you.' And the Quran teaches to 'Repel evil by that which is better' (41:34)," reads the petition on the Launch Good website by Muslims United for San Bernardino.
As of Friday morning, the group has raised over $190,000 to the cause, which will help the families of the 14 dead and 17 wounded victims in the Southern California terror attack at a Christmas party earlier in December. more >>
A Georgia church headed by former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright is lending a hand to help Syrian refugees resettle in the United States.
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, which is located in Marietta, is helping to resettle a Syrian family in the state that has fled the ongoing conflict in the Middle Eastern nation.