As many as 82,000 people have been told to evacuate from the mountain communities in Southern California as a massive wildfire continues "raging unchecked," according to state officials.
Fire officials said that the Bluecut Fire, which flared up on Tuesday morning, is now covering close to 18,000 acres of land at the Cajon Pass, with none of the fire contained as of Tuesday night, Reuters noted.
Evacuation orders were issued to 82,640 residents and some 34,500 homes near Interstate 15, the main freeway between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area, with the cause of the blaze still under investigation. more >>
Historic flooding in Louisiana has left five people dead as waters continue to rise in the western portion of the state. In response some local churches chose to cancel their services to help with relief efforts.
Torrential rains began bombarding the southern part of Louisiana last Thursday in what Gov. John Bel Edwards called a "truly historic" weather event, according to CNN. At least 20,000 water rescues occurred over the weekend as flood waters swept through.
A report from The Weather Channel indicated that flooding in the Magnolia State was powered by a weather system similar to an inland tropical depression. Parts of Louisiana saw more rain than some U.S. cities have in the last few years combined. In response, some local churches like the First United Methodist Church in Denham Springs joined in helping victims of the flood. more >>
The United States government has resettled more Christian refugees in the last decade than refugees of other religions, even though the nation continues to resettle fewer Syrian Christians than Syrian Muslims.
Much has been made about the low numbers of Syrian Christian refugees that have been resettled into the United States since the beginning of fiscal year 2016.
Although the Obama administration has a goal of resettling over 10,000 Syrian refugees this year, just 35 of the 7,551 Syrian refugees resettled into the country from last October through the end of July have been Christian, according to CNS News. Meanwhile, over 7,432 have been Sunni Muslim. more >>
A San Jose pastor is calling on Christians living in one of the wealthiest counties in the United States to wake up to the reality that thousands of people in their midst have no place to call home.
"Open your eyes, San Jose," says Pastor Scott Wagers, who leads CHAM deliverance ministry, in a YouTube video detailing his work among the homeless in California's Santa Clara County.
California State Senator Ricardo Lara announced that he will be dropping a provision from a bill that critics warned would have curbed the religious exemption rights of private schools.
Senator Lara recently introduced Senate Bill 1146, which among other things would have made it easier for LGBT students of religious colleges to sue the schools for upholding traditional Christian teachings on gender and sexuality.
In a statement published in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, Lara explained that while he supports protecting LGBT students of religious schools, he is aware that certain "unintended consequences" may come from his bill. more >>
Many are familiar with "The Vicar of Baghdad," Canon Andrew White, the head of one of the most prominent relief charities helping thousands of Christians displaced by ISIS, but many don't know that much of the work White gets credit for is actually carried out by a Muslim woman.
Meet Dr. Sarah Ahmed, an Iraqi dentist who for the past few years has devoted her time to traveling all over Iraq to bring clothes, medicine, food, hygiene supplies and just about any other need imaginable to the Christians, Yazidis, Muslims, Shebeks and others who have been thrown from their homes, tortured and raped at the hands of the Islamic State.
"She is there protecting all of the Iraqi Christians. You never hear anything about it in the news but you hear about the work I am doing. The work that I am doing is being done by a Muslim caring for the Christians," White, the former chaplain of St. George's Church in Baghdad, asserted last December during a lunch visit in Washington. "We think and hear about Islamic terrorism all the time. What about Islamic people working for the protection of Christians?" more >>