More than 200 teenagers and pre-teens living on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota have planned, attempted, or died by suicide between December 2014 and March of this year, and now religious leaders are getting involved, claiming that there's a spiritual battle that needs to be fought and won in order to save their youth.
"This is beyond anything we've ever seen; it's almost like 'serial suicides.' This is not just a psychological issue: this is a spiritual battle with spiritual forces. The thief — speaking of the devil — 'comes to steal, kill, and destroy,' and this is the result," Ron Hutchcraft of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, told Mission Network News.
Hutchcraft is calling on Christians both in South Dakota and across the country to come together to help the at-risk teenagers as Christian leaders are gathering with leaders on the reservation to mobilize prayer warriors. more >>
Strength, courage, and character are qualities we look for in our sports heroes. For this 14-year-old boy, sports are everything. He loves sports and dreams of being a professional hockey player. Jonathan Pitre, is just like any other teenage boy, but has to deal with a very rare skin condition. But, that doesn't hold him back from chasing his dreams!
This rare skin condition causes him constant pain, but if you met him and spoke with him, you could never tell. He is a strong young boy, and holds qualities that most kids his age haven't even acquired yet. There is no cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa, and unfortunately he is unable to take part in any physical activity. Instead of being down in the dumps because of this, Jonathan's spirit and determination is inspirational. His outlook on life and words are very motivational for all to hear.
Sports players and organizations use his words as encouragement for the future. Please keep Jonathan and his family in your prayers! One day, hopefully, there will be a cure for this horrific disease. more >>
Sadie Robertson of A&E's popular reality TV series "Duck Dynasty" attended the Women of Faith conference held in Columbus, Ohio, where she spoke about her Christian beliefs over the weekend.
The 17-year-old reality star attended the non-denominational Christian women's conference alongside her mother, Korie Robertson, as well as Christian speakers Luci Swindoll, Marilyn Meberg, Thelma Wells and Steve Arterburn, the founder of New Life Ministries.
Robertson, who has also appeared on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," is outspoken about her faith and offered a quote from Scripture while at the Women of Faith conference. more >>
Megachurch pastor Tony Evans has issued a call to Christians across the nation to rise to the challenge of bringing solutions to some of the issues he believes are apparent in the violence that recently gripped parts of Baltimore city amid protests over the police killing of a young black man.
"It is with deep regret and sadness that I have joined the rest of America to see the carnage, the pain and the anguish taking place in my hometown, Baltimore, Maryland," said Evans in a video released the night after rioting and looting erupted in Baltimore.
"To see what can emanate from hopelessness is a reminder of two things. First of all, the damage that hopelessness can do, the wrong that can be expressed by people in their frustration so that they wind up doing the very thing that they're complaining against. At the very same time, I recognize this demonstrates the need for the Church of Jesus Christ to offer the hope that is missing in so many people's lives." more >>
Almost 60 percent of millennials "disapprove of the Obama administration's management of the rise of ISIS," and support sending U.S. ground troops back to Iraq to fight the terror group, according to a recent poll by the Harvard Institute of Politics.
The Harvard Public Opinion Project's spring survey found that 57 percent of 18 to 29 year olds said they "support the U.S. sending ground troops to participate in a military campaign against ISIS;" while 40 percent of millennials polled said they oppose increasing military intervention.
The survey also reveals that in just one year, "support has grown by 10 percentage points for the U.S. to 'take the lead in solving international crises and conflicts,' (35 percent in March 2015; 25 percent in March 2014)." more >>
Amnesty International claims Paraguay's abortion laws are too restrictive and "tantamount to torture" after a woman was denied an abortion for her 10-year-old daughter who was reportedly raped by her stepfather.
The mother, whose daughter showed up at a hospital six months pregnant complaining of stomach pains, is being charged as an accomplice in her daughter's rape. more >>