The United Methodist Church has raised $68 million to fight malaria, meeting 90 percent of its goal for the year.
In a campaign officially running through 2016, UMC leaders stated earlier this week that the denomination's Imagine No Malaria fundraiser is in its final stretch.
Bishop Thomas Bickerton, chair of the UMC's Global Health Initiative, told The Christian Post that Imagine No Malaria raised the $68 million via " ... numerous means that primarily include grassroots fundraising through local United Methodist congregations." more >>
At first, all is calm along the White Salmon River in Washington State, its roughly 100-year-old Condit Dam doing its job to maintain a reservoir.
Then blaring sirens sound, signaling that the dam has outlived its purpose and river restoration is on the agenda.
With a shout of "fire in the hole" the thundering noise of explosives is heard followed by a cloud of dirt and a rush of water as the reservoir is broken. more >>
In the life of a cat, certain mortal enemies exist. These include dogs, water, and human beings who pet them too much.
Yet who would have thought that one of the greatest menaces to the well being of a feline creature would be the common cucumber?
The folks over at Link-wall.com posted a video to YouTube on Sunday showing numerous times when cats jumped in fear at the mere sight of a cucumber. more >>
During a conversation about the Syrian refugee crisis on Tuesday's episode of ABC's "The View," co-host Whoopi Goldberg criticized Republican politicians' calls for a Christian-only Syrian refugee resettlement program and asserted that Christians can be dangerous because "Hitler was a Christian."
Goldberg, a 60-year-old actress and comedian, began the conversation by stating that Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush have called for the United States to only accept Syrian Christian refugees into the country.
"Is this really going to help root out ISIS?" Goldberg asked. more >>
Due to reliance on the United Nations, the United States' Syrian refugee resettlement program unintentionally discriminates against Christians fleeing from the Islamic State, as Christians comprise less than three percent of the nearly 2,200 Syrian refugees resettled in the United States since the beginning of the Syrian conflict.
CNS News reports that State Department statistics compiled from the start of the Syrian civil war in the spring of 2011 until now, show that 96 percent of the approximately 2,184 Syrian refugees that have resettled inside the United States have been Muslim, with over 2,057 of the resettled refugees being Sunni Muslims.
While President Barack Obama has chastised Republican candidates for suggesting that the U.S. should focus more on granting asylum to Syrian Christian refugees, the U.S. has taken in only 53 Syrian Christians (four Catholic, five Orthodox and 44 other Christians) since the start of the civil war. more >>
For wounded American veteran Ian Parkinson, the military and skateboarding were always his two greatest passions.
As a result of the surprise attack of a U.S. installation in Afghanistan, the Phoenix, Arizona native lost both of his legs. Many would assume that with such a horrific injury, skateboarding would no longer be an option.
Yet, after years of physical therapy in San Antonio, Texas with his wife by his side, Parkinson decides to return to skateboarding with the help of specialized prosthetics. more >>