A Nashville-based Christian organization that equips orphans and impoverished aspiring musicians in the developing world with quality instruments says the gift of music alleviates "poverty of the soul."
The non-profit group, called Instruments of Joy, said it is bringing joy to the world with the gift of music in Jesus' name. Each donated instrument is prayed over before it is sent and the plan is for a card with John 3:16 to be attached.
"A lot of organizations fight physical poverty by giving water, food and clothing. At Instruments of Joy we are focused on alleviating poverty of the soul by giving the gift of music," said the group's founder, Joshua MacLeod. He is looking for sponsors to help fund the goal of distributing 2,000 quality instruments annually by the year 2015. more >>
A church in North Carolina has packaged about 10,000 meals for those in need in developing countries in one day.
Peace Missionary Baptist Church of Durham, N.C., packaged the meals Saturday as part of an effort in conjunction with the international relief agency Stop Hunger Now.
Wil Glenn, spokesman for Peace Missionary Baptist and volunteer at the event, told The Christian Post that the packaging of thousands of meals was passionately performed. "Saturday was inspiring and very energetic," said Glenn, who has been a member of the church since 2000. more >>
The Hands & Feet Project is partnering with the Tim Tebow Foundation to put on a "Run For Joy" 5K celebrity fun run in Orlando, Fla. on Sept. 6. The aim of the event is to raise money for the children of Haiti.
The Hands & Feet Project was created by Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline in the early 2000s after the overwhelming response to their song "Hands & Feet," which was based off of their own experiences doing missionary work.
Some of the confirmed guests for the run so far are Colton Dixon, For King And Country, and KJ-52 with more being announced soon. more >>
The 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award was bestowed on Monday by President Barack Obama and former President George H.W. Bush to the founders of Outreach, Inc., which feeds children around the world. The recipients encouraged everyone to do what they can to help others, reminding people that "all are God's children."
"We are humbled to receive this award and are honored to represent so many other people who are also making a difference in the world. We are one of thousands – millions – of points of light," Outreach Co-Founder Floyd Hammer said in a statement. "We're from Union, Iowa, which is a town of only 394 people – and it's amazing that a handful of people from this small town can make such a big difference. The more of us who are making a difference, the better this world will be."
Kathy Hamilton, wife of Hammer and co-founder of Outreach, described the genesis of Outreach to The Christian Post on Tuesday. "My husband and I were sailing around the world. Friends of ours had been working in Tanzania and my husband was a carpenter. more >>
The United States Senate may be considering a bill that would lift the Federal Emergency Management Agency's ban on providing aid to houses of worship.
Sponsored by Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, the bill was introduced last Thursday.
"A church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other house of worship, and an otherwise eligible private nonprofit facility operated by a religious organization, shall be eligible for contributions under paragraph (1)(B), without regard to the religious character of the facility or the primary religious use of the facility," reads the Senate bill in part. more >>
SAVN.TV (Salvation Army Vision Network) has 35 days left in its Kickstarter compaign to raise funds to produce "Hard Corps," a feature length documentary that uncovers the hidden coercion in the sex industry and the connection between porn and sex trafficking.
Guy Noland, SAVN.TV's executive director, told The Christian Post on Friday that both the girls who are being shown in the film, slated for release around Christmas time, and "the johns" who watch or buy them are enslaved in various ways. The goal of the documentary is to show people the tragedy behind the sex industry, and help them free themselves from it if they are involved somehow.
"There is so much darkness in this industry that people don't understand," Noland said. more >>