Actor Stephen Baldwin has teamed up with talk show host and "Secret Millionaire" alumna Dani Johnson in an effort to feed orphans around the world in a campaign called "2012 in 2012," Baldwin announced Monday.
Baldwin and conservative commentator Kevin McCullough are using their talk show media conglomerate, XtreMEDIA, to launch the project "to rescue 2012 orphans in the year of 2012." They are teaming up with Christian ministries King's Ransom Foundation and Food for Orphans for the project.
"When I toured the places these children sleep and live in, I couldn't help but be moved to do something about it. My whole family saw with our own eyes children who were dying or would die soon, simply because they had no food," stated Baldwin in the announcement from XtreMEDIA. more >>
In the past, the church has not been a major player in the fight against malaria, but World Vision, along with Christian leaders and churches across the U.S., is working to unite the faith community in its war against the disease responsible for the deaths of millions of children.
Malaria is a completely preventable disease that can be caused by a single mosquito bite, yet its impact on Africa has been enormous.
Malaria is estimated to take the life of a child on the African continent every 60 seconds and remains the leading cause of death for children under the age of five, but a simple bed net – costing $6 dollars – can prevent children from succumbing to the deadly disease. When properly supplied, the insecticide -treated bed nets have proven to significantly reduce the spread of malaria. more >>
Christians in Mali are in a "desperate plight" following last month's military coup, international Christian aid agency Barnabas Fund has warned.
Government forces collapsed in the north following the coup, allowing separatist and Islamist rebels to seize control of the country's three northern regions.
Around 215,000 people have been displaced from their homes, many of them crossing into Burkina Faso and Mauritania. more >>
As growing season draws near for farmers, one New York City church oversees a farm in one of the least likely places: its rooftop.
Metro Baptist Church, whose congregation moved to its present location in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in 1984, grows various food items on its roof for the benefit of several local food pantries.
The Rev. Alan Sherouse, pastor of Metro Baptist, told The Christian Post that the rooftop farm is part of a collaborative effort known as the Hell's Kitchen Farm Project. more >>
The worst drought in 60 years has hit the Horn of Africa, taking a terrible toll on crops, livestock, and people. Parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia have extremely limited access to food aid and other relief. Desperate conditions forced more than 150,000 people to flee into Kenya and Ethiopia from Somalia, burdening fragile host communities and overcrowding refugee camps. Refugees fled not only the drought, which has turned green pastures into golden fields of dust, but also the militant terrorist group Al Shabab, which seeks to impose its rule in Somalia through unspeakable violence and terror.
Those who have suffered are people like Ahamd Issaq, chief of a village called Sala-Jama. When he was a boy the elders of his village named the droughts that came once every 20 years. But now the droughts come so often they don't give them names.
Ahamad is a goat herder. Like his ancestors, his days are governed by the rise and fall of the sun. The sun that beat down last fall dried up much of the water supply and what water that was left was very salty, making it difficult for his herd to survive. If it wasn't for emergency water supplies provided by public and private organizations, including faith-based groups like Latter-day Saint (LDS) Charities, Ahamad and many others would not have survived to see drought conditions ease. Working with LDS, IRD provided relief to 22 vulnerable communities in southern and eastern Ethiopia, including Ahamad's, through water trucking and provision of water purification supplies. Last fall IRD and LDS supplied the emergency water needs of 31,000 people in severely affected villages. more >>
Willow Creek Community Church is hosting a 5k run/walk on Saturday, April 21 to raise funds to buy shoes for children in developing countries. The megachurch will be using the run to kick off its annual "Celebration of Hope" campaign, a part of the ministry's initiative to encourage Christians to live a "lifestyle of compassion."
Willow Creek is a community church with six regional campuses where thousands in the Illinois-area come every weekend to worship.
Saturday's 5k run will take place at three of the church's six campuses and has generated a lot of excitement in the church community, with 2,600 runners having registered at the church's South Barrington, Ill., main campus alone. more >>