At least 232 people are dead following a major explosion at a coal mine in western Turkey, with close to 200 people reportedly trapped by fire two-thirds of a mile underground.
"We are heading towards this accident likely being the deadliest ever in Turkey," Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said at the scene in Soma, which is 298 miles southwest of Istanbul, Reuters reported.
According to CNN, the explosion was caused by a transformer which blew up on Tuesday, creating a fire that was still raging on Wednesday, preventing rescue workers from reaching the miners trapped deep underground. more >>
The Los Angeles Dodgers' wives plan to continue investing their efforts into a series of monthly outreach projects in partnership with The Dream Center, a volunteer-led organization that provides for the needs of 80,000 people each month.
"We are forever grateful for this partnership with the Dodgers. They are just not coming out to hand out a bag of food, they are coming out to invest into the needs of the community," Pastor Matthew Barnett, co-founder of The Dream Center told The Christian Post.
The idea for the partnership started when Ellen Kershaw, wife of Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and a few other wives wanted to broaden their community outreach efforts. more >>
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 >>