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Christians Must Love Muslims Even When Society Is Expecting Us to Hate Them, Says Fmr. Muslim-Turned-Christian Pastor Afshin Ziafat

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - 6 hours 45 min ago
Afshin Ziafat, a former Muslim who's now a Christian pastor, said at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's Leadership Summit on racial reconciliation that Christians must reach out to others with love, even when society is expected to hate them.
Categories: Christian Post

Pastor Tony Evans: We Can't Use the Reality of Racial Divide to Condone Irresponsibility in the Black Community

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - 7 hours 38 min ago
In his final remarks during a Thursday panel discussing racial reconciliation in America and the importance of urban ministry, African-American pastor, author and syndicated radio broadcaster Tony Evans boldly stated that many of the issues surrounding race in America stem from the social irresponsibility of those within the African-American community.
Categories: Christian Post

Senator Harry Reid to retire

WGRC News - 9 hours 57 min ago

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says he will retire from the Senate at the end of his term next year. The longtime Nevada Democrat announced the decision in a YouTube video message. Appearing with bruises on his face from a recent at-home exercising accident, 75 year old Reid said the injury has caused him and his family to have a “little down-time,” giving him time to think about it.

Categories: Local News

Two year old shoots himself with handgun

WGRC News - 9 hours 58 min ago

A 2 year old boy was taken to the hospital after shooting himself with a handgun. The incident happened at a home along Broad Street in Montoursville as the boy’s mother and her boyfriend were in another section of the house. The child was watching television downstairs when he went upstairs into a bedroom, grabbed a loaded .45 caliber handgun and started playing with it. The gun went off shooting him in the leg. He is expected to recover.

Categories: Local News

Road Construction

WGRC News - 9 hours 59 min ago

Starting on Monday, The Route 15 reconstruction/resurfacing project will begin between Third Street in Williamsport and the Foy Avenue Interchange in Old Lycoming Township. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in both north and southbound directions. The right travel lanes will be closed and the left passing lanes will remain open. Beginning on Tuesday, the southbound on-ramp from Foy Avenue will be closed and will remain closed until June 1st. A detour will be in effect. Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in October.

Categories: Local News

Church of England Appoints First Female in Senior Bishop Position; Now 3 Female Bishops

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - 11 hours 1 min ago
A female archdeacon belonging to the Church of England will soon be promoted to the position of a senior bishop, breaking new ground in the prominence of women in the Church.
Categories: Christian Post

The Work of the Holy Spirit

Christian Post - Living - 11 hours 17 min ago
The Creator has a specific plan for each person's life, and He's arranged our talents, abilities, and circumstances to fit with these individualized goals (Eph. 2:10). When we connect with our God-given purpose, we feel deep satisfaction and great joy. However, it's important to understand that we can't achieve the Lord's goals on our own; only by His strength and direction are we able to succeed.
Categories: Christian Post

Singapore Megachurch Pastor, Colleague of Kong Hee, Claims Congregants Don't Feel Deceived in $19.2M Misuse Funds Case

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - 11 hours 17 min ago
City Harvest Church Deputy Senior Pastor Tan Ye Peng has claimed that the congregation of the Singaporean megachurch does not feel deceived in the ongoing case concerning $19.2 million of misused church funds that allegedly went into financing the popstar career of pastor Kong Hee's wife.
Categories: Christian Post

John Perkins Slams Creflo Dollar's Evil, Heretical Exploitation of Black Communities for $65 Million Private Jet Campaign

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - 13 hours 24 min ago
John M. Perkins, a civil rights leader and father of the racial reconciliation movement, criticized pastor Creflo Dollar's former fundraising campaign for a new $65 million private jet as "evil," "heresy," and "exploitation," as he explained the damage prosperity preachers have done to black communities.
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Voices of hope and healing

Mission Network News - 16 hours 45 min ago

(Photo Courtesy of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship)

USA (InterVarsity) -- [EDITORS NOTE: These are thoughts shared by Alec Hill, President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.] Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking on the same platform with former Madison Chief of Police, Noble Wray. A strong African American leader with a thoughtful and kind demeanor, he was asked if there had ever been a police shooting of an unarmed Black man in Madison. As far as he knew, there hadn’t been. The next week, I spent four days at InterVarsity’s Multi-ethnic Staff Conference in Orlando, meeting with 320 staff members of all ethnicities and hearing stories of reconciliation from campus. Together, we experienced apologies and forgiveness, listening and lament, celebration and hope. As I was flying from Orlando back to Madison--still processing the conference’s content, a young Black man, Tony Robinson, was shot and killed in my hometown. The juxtaposition of these three events stunned me. The death of another college-aged Black man moved my soul back into a state of sadness. Akin to a night of lament I had experienced in Orlando, I was mournful and confused. As such, I can barely imagine the depths of pain that my African American brothers and sisters have experienced this week. A contemporaneous incident at the University of Oklahoma--racist slurs being chanted by students on a bus--only compounds the sorrow. The life--and dignity--of every Black staff member and college student matters deeply to the Lord and to our InterVarsity community. Liberal Madison prides itself on its enlightened racial practices. Yet, as former InterVarsity trustee and local pastor Alex Gee has reminded us, Madison lags behind the state of Wisconsin and the nation on nearly every indicator of Black well-being. This includes unemployment, incarceration, healthcare, and high-school graduation rates. This week, I have been diligently praying for Alex as he has served as civic leader, pastored his congregation and others, advised local police, and appeared on numerous media outlets. At a vigil for Tony Robinson, he reminded a gathered crowd, “We have to pray.” It is an honor to know someone who models prophetic-like resolve balanced with grace. Alex possesses a remarkable blend of truth, peace, and integrity. The prophet Jeremiah is another exemplar in times of pain. Labelled “the weeping prophet,” he lamented while listening for the Word of the Lord. He wept even as he warned the Israelites to return to the Lord and practice the justice God’s law demands. And so, we act even as we lament. Our office staff in Madison spent our weekly chapel time walking in our neighborhood. As we moved out in pairs, we prayed for the Robinson family, for Madison police officers, for our Black staff and students around the country, for our churches, and for peace internationally. Weeks ago, current Madison Chief of Police, Mike Koval, was invited to speak to our local office staff as part of our ongoing efforts to engage in issues of multi-ethnicity and racial reconciliation in our community. Little did we know of the tragic events that would intervene. Yesterday, more than 50 staff gathered to engage with and pray for him. On campus, our 150 students at the University of Wisconsin are raising awareness of the need for reconciliation. At the University of Oklahoma, InterVarsity students are hosting conversations about Jesus and race. And students and staff in the St. Louis area continue to engage campuses and churches in the shadow of Ferguson. So, while deeply saddened, I am encouraged by young leaders who are rising around the country--leaders who, like Jeremiah, are wise beyond their years and willing to be voices of hope and healing. Tomorrow, my wife Mary and I will join many others in attending Tony Robinson’s memorial service here in Madison. Echoing the words of the psalmist, we will keep hope even as we mourn: “Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.”
Categories: Mission Network News

Life in Liberia after Ebola

Mission Network News - 16 hours 45 min ago

(Photo courtesy Global Aid Network)

Liberia (GAiN) -- [Editor's Note: This Global Aid Network story gives insight into the effects of Ebola in Liberia.] From July to September, 2014, while the earth continued its usual breakneck pace around the sun, life in Liberia came to a standstill. The Ebola crisis had reached its peak, causing schools to shut down and large companies to move away. Staple foods like rice and vegetables could no longer be imported, and hospitals had to close as more and more medical staff contracted the disease and died. And because Ebola spreads through personal contact, a lively and sociable people accustomed to handshakes and hugs became increasingly isolated, forced into suspicion and caution. Liberians who lived through the crisis say the outbreak landed like a bomb: dead bodies in the streets, pervasive fear, a scrambled response even in the midst of shock. It came out of nowhere and found the health system overmatched and underprepared. But instead of exploding in an instant, this bomb went off slowly, over a period of months, and no one knew when the blast would end. Instead of leveling buildings, it decimated the economy. Instead of scattering masses of debris, it sowed paralysis and distrust. From the air, Liberia might not look any different than it did a year ago, but the devastation on the ground has been massive. Now, the long-awaited recovery is underway. Schools and international borders have just reopened, albeit with many precautions. The large companies that employ so many Liberians are gradually moving their operations back in. Ebola Treatment Units, so crucial in providing care and helping to contain the virus over the past six months, are starting to close--they’re no longer needed. This is all great news and cause for hope, but the big-picture reality remains sobering. The United Nations, for example, predicts that it will take years for Liberia’s economy to stabilize, and a full decade to reach pre-Ebola norms. Children have lost parents and precious months of education; parents have lost children and the means to provide for whatever family remains. Meanwhile, the virus continues to ravage neighboring countries like Guinea and Sierra Leone. Even as Liberians embrace the prospect of recovery, they can’t relax because the threat of a new outbreak still looms. These are immense challenges, but with challenges come opportunities for God’s people. Ebola did not surprise God, and the crisis did not paralyze God while it ran its course. From the beginning He mobilized His people to bring relief, hope, and healing to the people of Liberia. He has been at work, and He continues to redeem brokenness and bring about good. Help GAiN as they continue to be the hands of Jesus and bring healing and relief to people who have suffered so much. Donate here to help their cause.
Categories: Mission Network News

Saving the souls of child brides

Mission Network News - 16 hours 46 min ago

(Image courtesy Kids Alive)

Guatemala (MNN) -- Child brides in Guatemala are learning how to be kids again. It's all part of the "saving souls" effort underway at the Kids Alive International Oasis Center. "This type of trauma...it's 'soul murder,'" says Corbey Dukes with Kids Alive. "Jesus said that the devil comes to 'steal and destroy,' and that's what this is all about: it's the devil trying to kill and destroy the soul and hope and future of this child." Child brides in Guatemala The problem of child marriage is a global one, but it's especially rampant in Guatemala. World Bank defines "maternal mortality ratio" as the number of women ages 15-49 who die from pregnancy-related causes while pregnant, or within 42 days of pregnancy termination, per 100,000 live births. Guatemala is pegged at 140 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. But, that's the ratio for a wide spectrum of ages. For every 1,000 girls aged 15-19 years old, the ratio jumps to 92. According to Guatemala's Population Council, 13% of girls were married before the age of 15, and more than half of women ages 20-24, were married before they turned 18 years old.

Guatemala is located in Central America.

"When we say child brides," Dukes clarifies, "we're talking [about] girls who were 'married' at 10, 11, 12 years old. "We're not talking about a 16-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl, like some 'Romeo and Juliet' thing. It's pedophilia. It's men in their 30s preying on girls 11 and 12 years old." One of the former child brides at Kids Alive's Oasis Center was "married" before her 12th birthday, and then had a baby. Another was pressured to marry an older man by her mother, the man, and the man's mother. "A lot of times [that's] to cover up a crime, because the authorities are far less likely to prosecute a pedophile who says he's married to this girl, than somebody who just sexually abused an 11 year old," Dukes explains. "A family will make an economic decision to allow this to happen, oftentimes because it happened to the mother of the family and her grandmother. You have generations of abuse." The shadow of this evil is dark, but it serves to prove the Light of Christ. Discovering new life at the Oasis At the Oasis center, Kids Alive staff doesn't just restore the safety and future of exploited girls: they introduce them to the love of Christ. "We see resurrection," Dukes shares. "Seeing a 12-year-old, 13-year-old girl holding her baby and worshipping God is one of my favorite experiences."

(Photo courtesy of Kids Alive International)

As stated on Kids Alive Web site, "Kids Alive's Guatemalan staff works with government authorities to provide a safe haven for girls who have been forced into child labor, experienced physical and sexual abuse (often all three), and have either been abandoned or have fled for their safety and lives." Along with introducing girls at the Oasis to Jesus and helping them grow in their faith, Kids Alive staff members teach the 'tweens how to balance motherhood, their education, and similar responsibilities. The girls also have an opportunity to receive trauma-focused therapy, and access legal support and protection. Learn more about the Oasis Center, and find ways you can come alongside it. "We just see incredible spiritual fruit in the lives of the staff, the lives of these girls," reports Dukes. "We're not good enough to produce the fruit that we're seeing, so it has to be [from] God."
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ISIS, kids, and Indonesia

Mission Network News - 16 hours 46 min ago

(Image Indonesia Seal courtesy Wikipedia)

Indonesia (ODM/MNN) -- As brutal as the Islamic State terror group is, it might be surprising to note that children are joining their clubs in Syria called "Cubs of the Caliphate." The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the social groups are being used as a means of recruiting and training new members. Indoctrination into the ISIS ideology at such an early age is troubling. It seemingly lays the foundation for the next generation to carry ISIS forward and send down deep roots. David Curry, President and CEO of Open Doors USA, explains, "In countries where there's a Muslim population that dominates, you have a theology that is present. Sometimes, people don't even know that it's present; but underground, there are sects, there are extremists." How do you set down deep roots quickly? ISIS is turning to the schools, says Curry. "They're trying to push their extremist theology through the schools, through textbooks. By and large, the message that these children are getting in Indonesia--[students] who see this textbook--is that it's okay to kill people who are not Islamic." There are unsettling reports that ISIS has set up shop in the radicalized parts of Indonesia.

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

Open Doors' contacts confirm reports of an Islamic religion textbook being used in a senior high school in an East Java province. It carries a statement that “people who worship other than Allah [non-Muslims] should be killed.” It's not a huge leap to wonder if ISIS' presence and the change in curriculum are connected. This question was echoed by local media, which reported that this might be a sign of deeper infiltration of the Islamic State into the Indonesian education system. Some suspect that identical books have been distributed to other provinces. This was also reported when ISIS took territory in Iraq and Syria.

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

The method is thorough, taking over the judicial system (Sharia), the executive system (ISIS), and the education system. Curry says, "The extremists begin to use textbooks, begin to use the laws and the government when they're put in charge, to codify their theology." Open Doors sources add that while fundamentalist teachings are common in Islamic boarding schools, it is the first time they have reached Indonesian government-run schools, where a majority of Indonesians attend. Why East Java? The region is one of the most hostile places for Indonesian Christians to live. It has witnessed assaults of believers, such as the multiple stabbings of an evangelist while he was asleep. The presence of literature hostile to Christians could further justify violence in the name of religion. "People being chased out of their homes for converting to Christianity--these kinds of things are happening in episodes around the country," notes Curry. The impact? Gospel work can get very tricky. "What you can have is a very chilling effect; and eventually, what you can have is a very hostile effect." Pray for the followers of Christ in the region, that they would be wise but also not be intimidated into silence. Pray for opportunities for Christians to share their faith stories. Believers are hoping the government would step in and ban the textbooks, so would you join them in praying that the government would take firm action? Indonesia is ranked #47 on the Open Doors 2015 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians. Last year more than 30 churches of various denominations were forced to close and/or were attacked. Approximately 87% of Indonesia is Muslim and over 8% Christian.  
Categories: Mission Network News

Mobile Member Care Team: a ministry to missionaries

Mission Network News - 16 hours 46 min ago
Int'l (MNN) -- Missionaries traditionally have been viewed as benevolent, strong persons who cross barriers of culture and language to bring the lifesaving message of the Gospel of Jesus. And, most of the time, this is true. We often forget, however, the hard work that it takes not only for the missionary to establish their mission field but also to deal with the daily stresses and deeper tragedies they face. We forget all the threats facing their calling. Darlene Jerome of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA says the organization partnered with many others in order to establish the Mobile Member Care Team (MMCT), an organization that addresses the needs of missionaries around the world. The organization has recently been planting seeds in more hostile areas of the world including North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Jerome says, "In the late 90s, several missions, including Wycliffe, were sensing the need for there to be a service that would help with crisis response for missionaries." The response to this was MMCT. In the past, says Jerome, missionaries were often left out of political and cultural violence. Now, "Missionaries are often targets these days." Trauma and missionaries Research in the last decade has shown a severe difference between the life experiences in the United States and for those in missions. Jerome says the research resulted in the following: "65% of missionaries in high-risk situations had experienced three or more traumas, while in North America only about 10% of the population experiences three or more traumas. So it's quite a difference. And since even our research back then, the high-risk areas of the world have increased in number for sure." MMCT began in west Africa and expanded into east Africa. "As you see on the news, there's often political unrest in Africa, and we can get caught up in the middle of that," Jerome says, explaining the types of situations missionaries face in Africa. She says trauma includes violence that calls for evacuations, armed robbery and assault, kidnappings, car jacking--and the list goes on. MMCT is there to listen and help coach missionaries through these hard times. They also express the importance of training peers to respond to situations immediately. This is necessary, Jerome says, because their small team cannot walk through every situation with the number of missionaries they serve. These trained peers become "first aid" responders, available for their community of missionaries. They can help assess the situation, and if higher leadership is needed, they get back to the leadership of MMCT. The violence that continues to grow worldwide is a major reason MMCT desires to expand their reach. Making difficult decisions "One of the primary things we do is to train people," Jerome says, "We train leaders and we train peers.... But right now, there are a lot of leaders in missions in those three regions who are trying to make decisions about whether to keep people in places or maybe to withdraw certain categories of people; and those are tough decisions." The decision is difficult because of the time and commitment it took to place a missionary initially. They've very likely had to learn the language, adapt to the culture, or at the very least, establish relationships with the community. But missionary leaders don't want to put their missionaries to risk. Some of the training leaders receive to address these questions involves theology of risk, and assessing stress levels. They also encourage leaders to establish trusting relationships so when tough decisions are made, people are willing to follow. Preventative measures in missions Jerome explains that in recent times, there has been attrition in missions. Many times, missionaries give up due to preventable stress and inability to cope with some of the things they've dealt with. "If there's anything we can do to help people be resilient and keep going," Jerome says, "that's what we want to see happen. That's the big picture, in my mind, to be able to keep people in place as long as it's possible." MMCT isn't just to keep missionaries surviving, however. Jerome says, "Our vision: resilient communities of cross-cultural workers caring for each other and equipping them to thrive in the midst of life's challenges, of the traumas that they're encountering." We can all give a hand Jerome encourages you to pray for missionaries you know who are in difficult situations. "It's a tough time for mission leaders right now in those regions, that's for sure. They need our prayers," she says. Pray for them to be connected in a loving and caring community of believers. Pray that these connections will help sustain them when trouble comes. If you are someone involved with counseling, trauma consulting, pastoral care, and any related sort of training, you may be able to become a part of the MMCT team. If you feel called, contact Wycliffe Bible Translators here. You can also help sponsor missionaries so they can attend workshops with MMCT. If you're interested, click here. Jerome says in closing, "We just feel tremendously privileged to come alongside missionaries in tough spots. They are special, special people. They need our prayers, they need our help. "When you see the news come across, let that be a prompt to pray for them. They are there--you might not even know they're there. Many of them are there, kind of undercover. But they are there in all these countries you're seeing on the news. So pray for them and their communities that they could stay strong and be strong and courageous in the Lord."
Categories: Mission Network News

Church Members Brawl After Voting to Remove Allegedly Spendthrift, 'Money Hungry,' Disrespectful Pastor

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:01pm
Normal worship service at a Jackson, Mississippi church was halted Sunday after members erupted in an ugly brawl over their allegedly spendthrift, "money hungry" and disrespectful pastor who refused to relinquish his pulpit after they voted him out a day before for reportedly abusing his role.
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Garbage collectors charged with theft by deception

WGRC News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:18pm

Williamsport Police said they will be charging an alleged garbage contractor with theft by deception. They say they have been taking complaints from residents who say they are paying to have garbage picked up and then the contractor is not returning for pick up after the payment is made. They say they also have complaints of illegal dumping. Police say they have identified one of those alleged garbage contractors and are reminding residents to hire competent garbage service.

Categories: Local News

New York Congregation Is the First to Leave Presbyterian Church (USA) Following Vote to Approve Gay Marriage

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:42am
A small congregation in New York state has voted unanimously to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) following the mainline denomination's recent vote to approve gay marriage.
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Pray about It

Christian Post - Living - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:02am
Have you ever stopped and thought that maybe there are things in your life that haven't happened because you have simply failed to ask God for them?
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Nigeria shut down ahead of election

Mission Network News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 5:00am

Open Doors assists Nigerian orphans.
(Open Doors USA photo).

Nigeria (MNN) -- The world is watching the African nation of Nigeria as presidential elections draw near. The Saturday March 28 election is a rematch of sorts from the 2011 election. Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathon is vying for another term against his main opposition challenger, Muhammadu Buhari. As Nigeria prepares for the election, it's also bracing for election violence. In 2011, post-election violence in the north claimed the lives of 800 people. Particularly hard-hit was the city of Kaduna. Residents there are preparing for similar violence by stocking up on food and closing down businesses. The rest of the country is also taking precautions. The Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday, March 25, that Nigeria has closed all land and sea borders. They'll be effectively closed until midnight Saturday, March 28. Why? Secretary Abubakar Magaji says the borders would be closed "to allow for the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming national elections," reports the Premium Times. Nigeria Immigration Service has been directed to ensure that non-Nigerians do not participate in any part of the election process. According to other media sources, there are signs that violence could erupt again. Religiously, Nigeria is divided between the Christians (or non-Muslims) in the south, and the Muslims in the north. The terrorist group known as Boko Haram has a strong presence there. They want to create a separate Islamic State, adhering to Islamic (Sharia) law. Boko Haram has attacked villages, schools, and churches to force this upon society. According to Open Doors, these attacks have left more than 1.5 million internally-displaced Nigerians refugees in their own country. Many Nigerians have been killed, injured, or kidnapped. More than 1,000 children have been orphaned. There are already signs that the contest between Jonathan--a southern Christian, and Buhari--a Muslim northerner, might provoke another wave of religious violence in a city characterized by its fractured identity. Organizations like Open Doors is providing for the needs of orphaned children physically and spiritually. They are providing food, bedding, and clothing, and they also want to put a children's Bible in the hands of each child. Pray that God will intervene to allow peace to prevail in Nigeria during the election. Pray, too, that the Holy Spirit would move the hearts of Boko Haram members to seek after Jesus and find Him. If you'd like to support the work of Open Doors among these orphaned children, click here.
Categories: Mission Network News

Hope is another name for summer camps in Greece

Mission Network News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy of AMG International FB page)

Greece (MNN) -- Too many children around the world have lost their childhoods due to tragedy, abuse, violence, and many times, financial issues. When money is bad and the world is falling apart, the importance of childhood for kids is forgotten. AMG International is especially passionate about helping children in Greece. That's one reason why they run summer camps each year. It's an opportunity for the children to be kids again. Tasos Ioannidis of AMG says, "Everybody in Greece--including the children because their families have been affected by the economic crisis that is going on--is feeling it. So there is a general attitude of despair in a lot of families because there have been so many that have lost, really, everything." When families are devastated, the children are, too. It's more than that the children can't play games. Ioannidis puts it this way: "The crisis has killed the young people's dreams. They cannot dream of a better future. "They kind of have lost hope that things can get better, and it's important to be able to come alongside them and tell them about Christ. [We want to] love them in the name of Christ and tell them that no matter what happens, Christ always loves them." The camps are an opportunity for the children to feel loved, have fun, and forget about the hard things in life for a little while. Financial strain As a whole, Greece has few resources to support ministries like summer camps. "When you look at the economic situation in Greece, income for local ministries and local churches has decreased by 40-50% since 2009," Ioannidis says. As most families cannot afford to send their children to summer camps, contributions from the outside world are necessary. Depending on what type of camp, admission is $80-100. If you'd like to support the camp, click here. Make a note that you want to support children going to Grecian summer camps. Beyond Greece The impact of these summer camps is much greater than you might expect. Ioannidis says, "What is so neat about this event is we have people from Greece and also from different foreign nationality groups that have migrated to Greece over the years. Greece is like a hub of people coming from Asia, the Middle East, from Eastern Europe." For years AMG has ministered through summer camps and through their Cosmovision Center. The Center serves as a family and youth outreach through sports. They have various programs for groups of people who speak a different language. Where the Gospel comes in Ioannidis says telling the children about Jesus is one of the main reasons they run the camp. "A big component of the activities is to share stories from the Gospel." And the results they've seen have been amazing. Children who entered the week hopeless left with the best and truest hope there is. "We have seen many kids come at the beginning of camp not knowing Christ and being in a place where they are resentful and they are angry. And we have seen them leave camp with Christ in their hearts and completely changed. It's amazing to see how God uses camp to change the lives of those kids," Ioannidis explains. This summer, pray for wisdom for the camp counselors. Ask God to work in the hearts and lives of the children who go to the camps, and in their lives of their families as well. Ask God to give them strength and encouragement and hope in Him.
Categories: Mission Network News