A sheriff's chaplain in Texas has found a new calling in the form of a side-job in which he removes the tattoos of ex-offenders to help them in their job hunt after being released from prison.
Wayne Heintze, the chaplain for the Harris County Sheriff's Department in Houston, told the Associated Press in a recent video interview that he and his wife, Francine, opened a small clinic offering tattoo removals after he had met an ex-convict who was concerned about his job opportunities due to his visible tattoos.
The chaplain offers large discounts in tattoo removal to ex-convicts, prostitutes, and robbers in exchange for community service. "It's almost as if you're able to erase a chapter of their life and turn the pages back in that book, and give them the opportunity to take a different road," Heintze said, according to AP. more >>
A Kentucky-based charity that specializes in homes for at-risk children may reverse a longstanding policy against having openly gay employees.
Sunrise Children's Services, formerly known as Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, recently released a statement noting their serious consideration of such a move.
YouTube sensation Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, best known for prank and comedy videos on the Internet, turned around the life of a homeless man who tells viewers to "keep Jesus in your heart," after he receives help from the artist, along with a new set of teeth.
Zdorovetskiy first met Martin in July when he decided he wanted to "make a homeless man's day."
According to a video uploaded on July 29, Zdorovetskiy gave Martin a shower and a haircut, bought him new clothes, a steak dinner and two nights in a hotel. During that first encounter, however, Martin expressed his deepest desire to fix his teeth. more >>
Controversial televangelist Pat Robertson recently told a viewer that he has cured deafness through prayer in the past and that he did not know what she was "doing wrong" in her effort to do the same.
On a Wednesday episode of the Christian Broadcasting Network program "The 700 Club," Robertson received a letter during the "Bring it on" segment from the mother of a deaf child.
"My son is hearing impaired and cannot hear at all. I have prayed for his healing; it seems as if God is hearing-impaired. What am I doing wrong?" read the letter, signed by a person identified as "Debbie." more >>
Officials of a Colorado city have opted to allow a pastor and his family to place the name "Jesus" on a tombstone for his recently deceased wife, reversing a previous decision.
Mark Baker, pastor of Harvest Baptist Church, will now be able to have the name "Jesus" put on his late wife's headstone when originally the city of Sterling had barred it.
The vast majority of American Christians believe that God gives second chances to people who have made bad decisions in the past says a newly released study.
According to the findings of a recently released survey by LifeWay Research, 84 percent of Christians believe God gives second chances.
Broken down by group, 95 percent of "Protestant, Nondenominational" respondents and 98 percent of "Born-again, Evangelical, Fundamentalist" respondents agreed. more >>