Christian relief groups are sending teams to help with the immediate needs of the victims of the earthquake disaster in Ecuador, which has killed at least 570 people so far, and are urging fellow believers to pray and consider helping with funds.
"Christians anywhere can pray. Sometimes we forget that prayer is a believer's greatest and most powerful weapon. Prayer makes such a difference and we can all pray that people will be rescued from the collapsed buildings, families will be reunited, God will supply the physical help victims need and many will come to believe in Christ from this tragedy," said Rosa Contreras Hart, Latin American Area Director for Christian Aid Mission, in an interview with The Christian Post. more >>
Pastor Kong Hee of Singapore's City Harvest Church says his congregation is sending at least three relief teams to Japan to assist in recovery efforts just days after twin earthquakes killed 42 people and destroy a church his team preached at just weeks ago.
"On the night of 14 April, a powerful earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale shook the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. The epicentre is at a distance of 7 km from the city of Kumamoto. My wife, Sun [Ho,] and her team were just there two weeks ago ministering at Kumamoto Harvest Church, an amazing church led by senior Pastor Rev. Yoji Nakamura," Kong wrote on Sunday in a Facebook update.
"In the town of Mashiki, near the epicentre, buildings and homes have collapsed. 44,000 people were evacuated. The church in Mashiki has completely collapsed, and the senior pastor's family members are currently hospitalized," he added. more >>
Rescue workers in Ecuador continue searching for survivors of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on Saturday night, which has killed at least 272 people so far and injured over 2,500.
"The first hours are crucial," said Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, according to CNN. "We're finding signs of life in the rubble. We're giving this priority. After, we'll work to find and recover bodies."
The hardest hit areas were reportedly the cities of Manta, Portoviejo and Pedernales, with close to 200 people killed in the Manabi Province alone. more >>
As Christian persecution across the globe reaches levels never before seen, churches throughout the U.S. will devote time during Sunday worship services to pray for victims by taking part in "Stand With the Persecuted Sunday."
Eight prominent religious liberty organizations — Open Doors USA, the Institute on Religion & Democracy, The Voice of the Martyrs, In Defense of Christians, Christian Solidarity Worldwide USA, International Christian Concern, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative and the Family Research Council — are calling on over 40,000 American churches to designate a small portion of their services this weekend to pray for those around the globe that have been persecuted because of their faith in Jesus Christ.
Besides prayer, the initiative also calls on churches to show a brief video highlighting the plight of Christians across the world, distribute a special bulletin insert, participate in practical ministries and promote policy and legislation designed to protect the persecuted. more >>
At the end of February I sat in the back of a classroom high in the mountains of rural Honduras and watched as an instructor gave a math lesson to a group of nine year-olds in Spanish. The most remarkable part of this experience wasn't my unfamiliarity with the native language or that a 6'3 NFL offensive lineman was sitting in the back of an elementary classroom in Latin America, but the fact that the class was being led by a nine year-old boy named Kevin.
Kevin is part of a peer-to-peer tutoring program called Agua Blanca at a World Vision funded school in San Juan, Honduras where children take control of their own learning process.
An important part of that process is making sure that children have clean water and healthy nutritious food so they can focus on learning the building blocks that will help lift themselves and their communities out of poverty. more >>
More than three-quarters of Christians in states where there is little to no regulation of payday lending believe that predatory lending is a "sin," according to a LifeWay Research survey released Wednesday afternoon.
Predatory loans, money loaned at outrageously high interest rates regardless of the person's ability to pay back the loan and interest, has ruined many lives and families across the United States and Christian leaders are calling on state lawmakers to step in and create regulations like interest rate caps so more families aren't victimized.
According to LifeWay's research, as many as 77 percent of self-identified Christians believe "it is a sin to loan someone money in a way that the lender gains by harming the borrower financially." more >>