When most college students plan to spend their spring break enjoying the warmth of the sun on an island in the Caribbean, Haiti is not the location they have in mind. The poorest nation in the western hemisphere, Haiti's difficulties extend far beyond the earthquake which struck there in 2010, as systemic poverty and leadership crises have plagued the nation for decades.
The average Haitian lives on less than $1.25 a day — most subsist on far less. There is no electricity, plumbing system or clean water accessible to a majority of the country, and most of the population is starving. With sweltering tropical temperatures and mosquito infestations that are a constant 24-hour buzz, disease is rampant.
Despite these difficulties, dozens of U.S. college students recently chose to spend their spring break helping us here in Haiti, working to alleviate some of the suffering they encounter here, rather than join the party scene on some tropical beach. more >>
Wycliffe Associates, a Bible-translation nonprofit that's sharing the Gospel with people who live in the most remote regions in the world, has said it will carry on its work despite the extreme dangers its workers face, including a violent attack earlier this month where four people were killed.
"Even when tragedy strikes, as in this case, the testimony of Christ is loud and clear," Wycliffe Associates President Bruce Smith told FoxNews.com. "Yes, there is a tremendous cost. But as Tertullian, an early Church father, said — the blood of martyrs are the seeds of the church."
Wycliffe Associates reported on the murder of four of its workers earlier this month, though it has not released the names of the victims or even which country in the Middle East the attack took place, due to the extreme dangers associated with the work. more >>
The British Pakistani Christian Association, one of the groups helping victims of the Easter suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan, are organizing a protest in London calling on world governments to stand up for religious minorities and protect innocent lives.
"The horrors of the Easter massacre, deliberately targeting children enjoying the high-point of the Easter celebrations, have shocked the globe," wrote Wilson Chowdhry, BPCA chairman.
"Jesus resurrection from the tomb will be a focus of this event and will be prayerfully reflected upon. We will also have speakers from various religious backgrounds calling for the unity of mankind against oppressors," he added. more >>
Chaplains and relief workers for the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team have shared the many ways they're helping victims of terror in Brussels, Belgium, where 32 people were killed in an attack last week, along with conversations they've been having about Jesus Christ and eternal life.
Jeff Naber, one of the crisis-trained chaplains with the RRT, talked about the emotional and spiritual care that is being offered to the shaken-up citizens and victims of the bombings at the Brussels airport and metro train, for which the Islamic State terror group has taken responsibility for.
While looking for lighters to give to people lighting candles at a memorial set up for the victims, he met a Spanish man by the name of Jorge, who was walking by with his dog. more >>
An evangelical author and former feminist recently stated that Christians who support socialism and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders are "lazy."
Chelsen Vicari, author and Evangelical Program Director with the Institute on Religion & Democracy, told the Daily Caller in a recent interview that these "lazy Christians" expect government to take care of problems that Christians and the Church should address.
"Young Christians are confusing individual Christian compassion and the Church's role and responsibility in public life with the government providing entitlements and expanding welfare programs," said Vicari. more >>
The upper house of the British Parliament shot down an amendment this week that would have forced the government to decide whether or not the Islamic State's persecution of Christians and other religious minorities is a "genocide."
According to the Catholic Herald and the Catholic News Service, the House of Lords voted down an amendment that would have required a High Court judge to determine if IS (also known ISIS or ISIL) is committing a genocide in the Middle East.
The proposal, which was an amendment to immigration legislation introduced by Lord David Alton, was shot down by a vote of 148 to 111. more >>