Christian ministries and aid groups helping Syrian refugees have said they are facing increased difficulties following the Paris terror attacks in November, with refugees being judged for crimes they didn't commit.
"One can sense that the refugees themselves are feeling judged and looked over as though they may be affiliated with ISIS and are dangerous. This makes them feel ashamed, when really they want to be connected but can't make that clear to the church members," a ministry director in Turkey, whose name wasn't shared, recently told Christian Aid Mission.
The director added the refugees are facing such skepticism even though none of the Paris attackers have so far been identified as Syrian citizens. more >>
The United Methodist Church received nearly $3 million in donations in a single day as part of the global observation known as Giving Tuesday, or #GivingTuesday.
"Nearly 6,000 donors from 27 countries donated $2.8 million through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world," the UMC Global Ministries announced this week. The sum is an increase from the $2.4 million the Mainline Protestant denomination received at the same time last year.
"The denomination's General Board of Global Ministries matched the first $1 million, building additional incentive for giving. More than 770 projects and missionaries received 8,757 gifts through The Advance, the designated giving channel of The United Methodist Church." more >>
The Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Monday that the U.S. intelligence community has found evidence that Islamic State fighters in Syria have attempted to infiltrate the Syrian refugee resettlement program to gain entrance into the United States.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, spoke at National Defense University in Washington D.C. on Monday about the "state of Homeland Security" and argued that homeland security in the United States is at its "highest threat environment since 9/11."
McCaul explained that he and members of the Homeland Security Committee were recently briefed by members of the intelligence community. As the U.S. government plans to resettle as many as 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year, McCaul said that he was told by the intelligence community that ISIS fighters have attempted to take advantage of the Syrian refugee resettlement program. more >>
Christian relief groups behind an effort encouraging churches to come together and welcome refugees have said it would be wrong for the United States to only welcome Christians and not Muslims.
National Refugee Sunday, a global effort organized by World Relief, World Vision, and other Christian humanitarian groups, takes place on Sunday, Dec.13. The event seeks to mobilize churches to set aside one Sunday to focus specifically on welcoming refugees fleeing war and violence.
As part of a tradition that's grown every year, Willow Creek Community Church members spent their Sunday morning filling bags for Christmas care packages that will be distributed to the 70,000 men and women living in Illinois' state prisons.
"This year we set the goal of putting a gift into the hands of every prisoner in the state of Illinois by packing 70,000 gift packs," Heather Larson, executive pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, told The Christian Post on Monday.
"For the last two years, the Willow Creek Care Center provided Christmas prison packs to 20,000 inmates (2013), and 32,000 (2014), inmates in Illinois. After receiving hundreds of letters from prisoners it was clear that we needed to do more," Larson said. more >>
A Tennessee church and a local Chick-fil-A owner came together last Friday to give a distraught mother of two small children, whose family car had just caught on fire and burned, a serviceable van so she wouldn't be stuck without a reliable vehicle.
Morgan Carter pulled into the Madison, Tennessee, Chick-fil-A drive-through to grab a bite to eat last Friday while she was on her lunch break and her 4-year-old and 15-month-old children were in daycare. As she sat in line, she began to notice smoke bellowing out from underneath her car's hood.
Carter pulled out of the drive through and parked her car as flames began engulfing the engine. As that was the only car her family owned, Carter began to panic, not knowing what difficulties were to lay ahead of her as she tried to raise a family without an automobile. more >>