Open Doors USA is starting a campaign asking for $430,000 in emergency aid for suffering Egyptian Christians who in recent weeks have been heavily targeted by Islamists, who have murdered believers and burned down churches, schools and orphanages.
"The attacks intensified two weeks ago when most of the persecution of Christians (occurred) - they are being blamed by the Muslim Brotherhood for ousting President Morsi. We saw Christian killed – they have been targeted by Muslim Brotherhood fanatics, and they've been caught in the middle, as it usually happens in many cases when Christians are minorities in Middle Eastern countries," Open Doors USA Media Relations Director Jerry Dykstra said in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Friday.
The persecution watchdog group says that in the last two weeks, there have been reports of seven Christians murdered and 17 others kidnapped, while hundreds have been injured in clashes with supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi. Another 212 privately-owned Christian shops and homes and 95 church buildings have also been attacked, as well as Christian orphanages, schools and Bible book stores. more >>
Barnabas Fund, an international Christian aid agency, has transported and helped over 8,000 Christians escape persecution at the hands of the Islamic government in Sudan, and is calling for help to save the many more who find themselves stranded.
"In the North the government is becoming increasingly anti-Christian," Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, the international director of Barnabas Fund, said in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday.
"The North is heavily Sharia-based and strongly anti-Christian. So we've got situations where women are arrested for breaching Sharia law on dress, and can then be whipped and imprisoned. That is a major problem," he added, noting that a number of Christian churches have been attacked as well. more >>
President Barack Obama focused on many social and civil rights issues, with a major focus on the economy, during his lengthy speech at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom event, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famed "I have a dream" speech a half century ago.
Obama told the thousands gathered on the National Mall about the importance of economic opportunity in the road to equality.
After describing the historical event they were remembering and putting it in the context of the grand narrative of American history, President Obama argued that "pursuit of happiness requires the dignity of work." more >>
Former megachurch pastor and controversial Christian author Rob Bell is celebrating his 43rd birthday by rallying supporters to join him in topping funds raised by the likes of celebrities such as Alyssa Milano and Depeche Mode by pooling together $43,000 to help provide more than 800 million people around the world living without clean water.
"August 23rd is my birthday and this year I'll be turning 43. Now we all know that the older you get, the less of a big deal you make about your birthday. But not me, and not this year," Bell shares in a note mailed out to supporters about the crowdfunding campaign. The same message is included on Bell's my.charity.org profile page.
The What We Talk About When We Talk About God and Love Wins author has joined hundreds of others in lending his support to charity: water, the nonprofit founded several years ago by photographer and committed Christian Scott Harrison (read CP's profile on Harrison). more >>
Over 8,000 soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Lone Soldiers will receive $70 "Fellowship Gift Cards" for Rosh Hashanah from The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), who are providing $3.2 million in financial assistance this season.
"The growing cycle of poverty in Israel affects many soldiers. We appreciate the soldiers who decide to serve the State of Israel and keep us all safe despite the economic difficulties they are experiencing at home," Rabbi Eckstein, founder and president of The Fellowship, said in a press release.
"Our goal in sponsoring the 'Fellowship Gift Cards' is to enable them to fulfill their obligation to the state while knowing they are fulfilling their obligation to their families as well. Now they can serve with peace of mind while caring for their personal needs and the needs of their families." more >>
Nearly 100 children from low-income families in the White Center area of Seattle were each treated to a $200 back-to-school shopping spree at JCPenney thanks to the heart of a Christian woman who has partnered with the Salvation Army for a decade to sponsor the event.
Jean Renny, a Seattle resident in her 90's who was unable to attend the event on Tuesday, gave $20,000 to the Christian-based organization this year in order to help the children.
"There was a child today whose feet were hurting him because his shoes were three sizes too small… that's the way he showed up [to the shopping event] and we see that over and over again," Lora Marini Baker, a spokesperson for The Salvation Army, told The Christian Post. more >>