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Robert H. Schuller's Daughter Starts GoFundMe Campaign to Pay for Late-Pastor's Funeral, Legacy Website

An online fundraising campaign asking for $30,000 to cover the costs for the funeral of Crystal Cathedral founder the Rev. Robert H. Schuller has been created by his daughter, who wants to use a portion of the funds to start a legacy website to honor her late-father.
Categories: Christian Post

SEND International North upgrades aircraft

Mission Network News - 9 hours 14 min ago

(Photo credit SEND North via Facebook)

North America (MNN)-- Jesus challenges His disciples in Mark 16:15 to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” One mission agency has stepped up its game in regards to this command. SEND International North, located in Anchorage, Alaska, recently upgraded its Bonanza aircraft, allowing it to fly higher, faster, and safer. This helps the organization expand its gospel outreach in the Far North. Led by Area Director Barry Rempel, Send North seeks to spread the good news to remote Native and First Nations communities 60-70 degrees north of the Equator. This area is known as the 60/70 window, which expands from Alaska to Greenland. SEND North is also heavily dependent on aircraft, as less than a quarter of Alaska and parts of northern Canada have highway systems. Flight is the fastest and least expensive means of keeping SEND North’s more than 30 missionary families in 19 villages connected. With the harsh cold and constant darkness the winter months offer, this region can be a depressing place to live. Drug abuse, alcoholism, and suicide are rampant throughout the remote villages in this region.

-15 Fahrenheit is the average temperature in Yellowknife during the cold, dark month of January. Pray for hardy missionaries who can live and thrive in these conditions.
(Photo, caption courtesy SEND North via Facebook)

Canada’s remote villages also pose a unique problem. Known for their tolerance, Canadians are likely to be open to the gospel message. They may find, however, the message of Jesus being the only route to salvation as intolerant of other religions. As SEND North seeks to reach these distant people, the organization can rack up a lot of expenses. SEND North pilots flew over 600 hours last year, while the cost for operating a small airplane is approximately $400/hour. The agency’s annual need is $150,000. Here are a few things you can do to assist SEND North in its Gospel mission:
  • Consider donating to the SEND North Aviation Fund to help the organization in its efforts to reach those unreconciled with God.
  • Pray for the safety of the pilots and the effectiveness of their mission as they carry out God’s work
  • Pray for wisdom on how to best reach the native people. Pray also for the hearts of the native people themselves, that their hearts would be open to new teaching.
Categories: Mission Network News

Nepal quake: in dire need of aid

Mission Network News - 9 hours 14 min ago

(Photo courtesy Asian Access/Survivor found in rubble)

Nepal (MNN) -- The glory of Kathmandu dates back to ancient times. More recent history connected conquering Mount Everest to the Himalayan kingdom. The mystery of the Hindus was stylized in cinema history, too. Today, much of that is gone. 96 hours ago, the area was hit by the worst earthquake the country has experienced in 80 years. By Monday afternoon (EDT), the death toll had soared past 4,000. Those numbers did not include the remote villages. More than 7,100 people were injured in the quake with tens of thousands of people left homeless. Joe Handley with Asian Access says after the major quake, there have been dozens of severe aftershocks. The scene, as described by A2 partners: "Buildings falling down, right and left; many churches have been destroyed. Many pastors' homes have been destroyed. They're just looking at their people, seeing the devastation roll out." Death tolls are expected to exceed 5,000. In an earlier MNN story, Gospel For Asia shared concerns that a great number of the victims could be Christians. Handley explains, "The Nepalese church meets on Saturday instead of Sunday, so the earthquake struck right as everyone was in the middle of church; so they rushed outside, only to see the devastating impact on their country."

(Photo courtesy Asian Access: Road damage, Nepal)

Tens of thousands are homeless. Makeshift tent cities have sprung up, although stormy weather forecasts and dropping temperatures adds misery to equation for survivors. Nepal's government is begging for help. "They're worried about water shortage, food shortage, and electrical shortage. Many of the hospitals have fallen apart, so medical care is a huge problem." Handley adds, "Doctors in the city estimate that they need a thousand more beds just for the initial needs in Kathmandu." Early recovery estimates are rolling in long-term economic costs in excess of $5 billion -- around 2% of Nepal's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) -- which, in a word, is "devastating." The A2 church network is mobilizing, even though many of the leaders are experiencing loss, themselves. "The pastor who was talking to us was from a village halfway between Kathmandu and Mount Everest. He said his village was completely leveled. He lost his home." However, this isn't the first time A2 has dealt with natural disaster. "We just went through this with the huge disaster that hit Japan and how we were able to see churches mobilized to be the body of Christ," Handley explains. That experience taught the ministry how leadership training and personal investment in relationships in the name of Christ come together to make recovery real, on a timeline no government organization can match.

(Photo courtesy Asian Access/Damage, post-quake)

Under the Pray, Give, or Go banner, Handley says prayer is key. "We're praying that this disaster could have profound spiritual impacts. We know that that starts from meeting physical needs--just being the hands and feet of Jesus." Giving and Going are connected right now. "Right now, all the reports I get [indicate] that they just need the experts in. We're holding back from sending people, at this point, trying to get aid and supplies and funding into the churches to be able to be those 'hands and feet of Christ.'"  
Categories: Mission Network News

Venezuela asking for New Testaments

Mission Network News - 9 hours 14 min ago
Venezuela (MNN) -- Gas prices have fallen compared to levels a year ago. While that's good news for the West, it doesn't bode well for people in countries like Venezuela. This oil-dependent nation's inflation rate could soar to 200% by the end of the year. The 50% drop in oil prices in the past year has created an economic collapse and forced the nation it to reduce imports, exacerbating shortages of everything from shampoo to beef. President of World Missionary Press Harold Mack says Venezuelans are "very desperate and hurting, and they're just extremely hungry for God's Word." World Missionary Press prints and sends Bibles all around the world for free. Mack says, "In our 53+ years of ministry, we've sent [Scripture] into 210 countries and islands around the world. And we've printed Scripture in 343 different languages." Mack tells us this can be a challenge. "We have so many requests from around the world for large quantities for Scripture booklets; we're always several months to a year behind from being able to supply all of those Scriptures around the world." Mack says because of the economic issues in Venezuela, their country coordinator is requesting two container loads of New Testaments. "Each container of New Testaments would include 76,800 New Testaments. A contribution of $26.40 would sponsor a box of 30 New Testaments for Venezuela." Your financial support is more than physical. "Giving people God's Word...has an eternal effect on them. It changes their lives forever. We get testimonies all the time from all over the world about how people's lives are changed because of God's Word. It's so powerful." Click here to make a difference in the lives of Venezuelans who need God's Word.
Categories: Mission Network News

Newest ISIS franchise: Boko Haram

Mission Network News - 9 hours 14 min ago

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

Nigeria (MNN) -- The dictionary defines a "franchise" as "the right or license granted by a company to an individual or group to market its products or services in a specific territory." By that definition, Nigeria's Boko Haram has entered a franchise. They are now calling themselves the Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP). Last month, ISIS accepted a pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram leader, giving the group its first foothold in sub-Saharan Africa in its efforts to create a global caliphate. Open Doors USA CEO David Curry isn't really surprised. "These are two groups--Boko Haram and the Islamic State--that believe the same thing. Their ideology calls for them to persecute Christians, push Christians out, to restrict freedom of religion, and other freedoms, as well, for the general population." Slick marketing made the message of ISIS palatable. Still, the overt destruction of Christians and others wasn't quite as obvious. Curry says, "Now they're admitting to it. It really calls for our government and the NATO government to pull together and have some sort of plan and strategy for how to attack this kind of radical Islamic movement." Boko Haram is a nickname, given to the group by Nigerians when it was formed in 2002. In Hausa, it is roughly translated, "Western education is forbidden." Originally disorganized, they weren't taken very seriously until 2009. Suddenly, they had money, strategy, and power. On their own, they sowed terror in Nigeria. The move to come under ISIS means Boko Haram, now ISWAP, will be more deadly, estimates Curry. "They're going to use those weapons to try to attack churches, to try to restrict freedoms, to try to gain a caliphate in northern Nigeria, in Niger, and in that entire region." The group's tactics could change and give the conflict in Nigeria a new dimension, Curry adds. "Boko Haram has access to the tens of millions of dollars in resources and weapons that have been captured and developed by the Islamic State."

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

ISIS has been trying to recruit from Africa. Propaganda reveals a focus on Tunisia, Algeria, the Sinai Peninsula, and West Africa, or the “Libyan Arena.” Two mass murders involving Egyptians and Ethiopians were recorded and circulated around the world. Many of those victims were Christians. "Our call is really just to draw attention to this, to try to help Christians wherever they [are, and to try to rally Christians here in the West to support their brothers and sisters around the world," Curry adds. The North American Church has been surprisingly silent on this issue. Accompanied by the lackluster government response, Curry says, "We need to be people of prayer. We should be talking about the persecution of Christians from every pulpit on Sunday morning and lifting them up in prayer." Open Doors supports Gospel workers in the middle of it all. Why? "Because," answers Curry, "the Church of Jesus Christ is right in the middle of it. So, we're doing a lot of trauma counseling with these people who've been attacked by Boko Haram, who've lost family members." Open Doors encourages you to get involved, too. Aside from talking to your elected representatives on Capitol Hill, he says you can give. Also, "Let's pray that God would protect His people, and also that the minds and the strategy of Boko Haram [and] the Islamic State would be foiled."
Categories: Mission Network News

Prayer needed for persecuted pastor

Mission Network News - 9 hours 14 min ago
Senegal (MNN) -- A persecuted pastor needs your prayer. According to Voice of the Martyrs USA, an important court ruling is coming down soon in Senegal. A final verdict is expected soon for Pastor Jose Dilson, who is allegedly connected to the conversion of a Muslim leader's son. This persecuted pastor and his family are asking you to pray they will not be fearful, and for God's will to be done. Rewind

Pastor Jose Dilson
(Photo courtesy VOM)

Dilson is a Brazilian missionary who has served the Lord in West Africa for the past 25 years. In November 2012, he and another missionary were arrested for "Christianization" and imprisoned for five months without a hearing. But, as He often does, the Lord turned hardship into something beautiful. While in prison, Dilson was able to distribute 350 Bibles. The persecuted pastor also "witnessed to many fellow prisoners," VOM reports. Technically, Senegal is a secular state that allows for freedom of religion. However, reality on the ground is a bit different. According to VOM, Senegalese Christians face discrimination in the workplace and the educational system. Believers from Muslim backgrounds are shunned by their families, and sometimes they're even beaten and poisoned. Churches in Senegal have been attacked in various ways, and many have been closed. In addition, Pastor Dilson and his cohort aren't the only ones who've been targeted by police. Other pastors and congregation members have been arrested, too. Fast-forward In April 2013, Dilson and his fellow missionary were released from the Senegalese prison on bail. They have been waiting for the final ruling on their case since then, as it keeps getting postponed and pushed to a later date. However, it appears judgment day is finally approaching. At VOM's request, more than 100 believers worldwide have been interceding on Dilson's behalf at icommittopray.com. "Lord Jesus, lift Pastor Jose Dilson to new heights with Your love, grace, and mercy, bringing him the strength and endurance he needs to continue to share and bring Your good news to the lost." Cindy S - Vietnam

(Photo courtesy Leland Francisco via Flickr)

"Lord, thank You for Pastor Dilson's faithfulness in being a light even in prison. May his testimony and his bold witness bear much fruit. Protect him and allow him to be released to continue his ministry. Comfort and strengthen his family as well. Bring about a speedy positive result to this case, and let it not continue to drag on or discourage them." Sunita J - Japan "Dear Lord, I pray for Pastor Dilson, that he and his family will not be afraid but will be a powerful witness and testimony for our Lord Jesus. Please bless them and keep them in the shadow of Your wings of protection and blessing. I pray that many will become saved because of his life and witness. Amen." Carrie P - USA You can add a prayer here. Along with prayer, you can help a persecuted pastor like Dilson by supporting the work of VOM. The ministry provides a safe house and distributes Bibles in Senegal. Learn more about VOM's work in Senegal.
Categories: Mission Network News

The Worship Initiative by Shane & Shane

New Release Tuesday - 9 hours 14 min ago
Much more than a praise worship album, The Worship Initiative represents a bigger project near and dear to Shane Shane: a worship resourcing website where musicians and worship leaders can get both musical training and spiritual teaching. It was a vision to merge musicianship and mentorship. For this undertaking, they recorded covers of 100 popular worship tracks played by A-list musicians, videotaping each instrument in detail. They then added inductive Bible training, devotions to accompany each song and a scripture search function to put the word of God in leaders mouth's as they are using these songs corporately. This new[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Let It Be Jesus by Christy Nockels

New Release Tuesday - 9 hours 14 min ago
Whether in arenas for Passion Conferences or in the auditorium of Passion City Church, Christy Nockels is known for leading thousands in heartfelt worship, and April 28 will mark the release of her first ever live worship album, Let It Be Jesus. Recorded live at Passion City Church in Atlanta, the album captured a night full of praise to God.[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Live Forever by Matthew West

New Release Tuesday - 9 hours 14 min ago
Live Forever came together by West digging deeper into more than 40,000 stories shared with him from people all over the world stories that six years and three albums later have had a profound ripple effect beginning with 2010's The Story of Your Life then followed by Into the Light in 2012. While preparing for the new album, West's greater goal was to create songs full of joy and life, not just life on earth but life that is to come. "It was important this time around to say that there is joy in this life," West[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Still After by Foreverlin

New Release Tuesday - 9 hours 14 min ago
Most of the songs on this album are themed around a search for worth and a search for love. As I wrote lyrics, I was in a spot where I found myself asking God for words that would speak life into my existence. Two of my favorite songs on the album are Speak and Rest. They are two songs that go together, both musically and lyrically. The lyrics joyfully express a thankfulness in being found and called "son", while asking for words that speak worth in the midst of loneliness and guilt. The final song on the album, Sanquine, is[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Southern Lights: Overexposed by Alex Faith & Dre Murry

New Release Tuesday - 9 hours 14 min ago
This album intends to hold in tension the harsh realities of Alex and Dre's cultural realities—from upbringing to modern day—while purposely shining the light on Jesus in the darkness. This does not mean that each song will be a sermon, nor does it mean that each song on the album is trying to hide Jesus either, but rather like John Piper said, "stay in step with the gospel," even if you don't hear it explicitly in each song. There is a tension, but this album is "in step with the gospel." The album is meant to be heard in one[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Pray Now by Karen Peck & New River

New Release Tuesday - 9 hours 14 min ago
New River sets a new standard for musical perfection with rich vocal harmony that is shaded with the sophistication of Southern Gospel, country and progressive musical sounds. New River today stands not only as a talented and successful recording artist, but more importantly, effective messengers presenting the Gospel, through Jesus Christ.[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Zie'l (Pronounced Zy-El) by Zie'l

New Release Tuesday - 9 hours 14 min ago
Pronounced Zy-el is the sophomore album from Dream Gospel's two-time Stellar nominated female group Zie'l. The mega-talented group gained notoriety with remakes of The Clark Sisters' "Is My Living In Vain" and the James Cleveland favorite "Surely He's Able" from their debut project GENESIS (2006). Pronounced Zy-el produced by multiple Stellar Award winner and GMA Dove Award recipient Anthony "Tonéx" Williams (Kierra Sheard, Shirley Caesar, Virtue), ASCAP Award winning Drathoven (Tyrese, Yolanda Adams, Zacardi Cortez), and Pierre Medor (Mary J. Blige, Joshua Rogers, Ciara) takes the listener on a musical journey.[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

New Hope Christian College by New Hope Christian College

New Release Tuesday - 9 hours 14 min ago
Born out of a dream of a school that would make an eternal impact on the world, New Hope Christian College exists to equip emerging leaders for the advancement of God's Kingdom. NHCC announces its first album release with DREAM Worship in another important step toward fulfilling that mission. Here, the students and staff of NHCC use their God-given gifts to offer a collection of songs that expresses the heartbeat of the school as well as all who declare Jesus as Lord to live for the glory of God and to shine His light in the world.[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Drowning In Love by Lexi Elisha

New Release Tuesday - 9 hours 14 min ago
6 months ago Lexi released Rope, a lyrically intense album that reflected the emotional truths she was dealing with at that time. In 2 weeks, her newest project, Drowning In Love will be released. If you like opposites, this album is for you. It's fun, imaginative, and POP. It's filled with love, His love.[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Tomorrow We Live by KB

New Release Tuesday - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 5:00pm
In life, everyone deals with struggle and hardship, but KB's hope is that Tomorrow We Live is a soundtrack of inspiration. The theme stems from the idea that one day the battle will end and Tomorrow We Live. "On a grand scale, that's along the belief that God is going to wrap up history with a grand finale that will make sense of all the suffering throughout human history," explains KB. "It will show that good overcomes evil where we'll be in perfection throughout eternity, but also the title works thematically in a practical sense. Nothing is devastating. Hope is bigger."[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Alive and Free by Matt McCoy

New Release Tuesday - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 5:00pm
We're just a couple of guys from Chicago who love God and write music together. In 2012, we started traveling together leading worship for youth conferences, camps and churches around the country. We love to meet new people, hear their stories, drink coffee, and worship with new friends.[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Come In by Children 18:3

New Release Tuesday - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 5:00pm
Since 2008, Children 18:3 has been a staple in the Tooth Nail catalog, having toured with nearly every band on the roster during their tenure. Having landed 5 Top-5 Singles at Rock Radio, Children 18:3 has always managed to craft a fresh sound in the midst of an incredibly busy touring schedule. The band averaged nearly 150 shows per year over the last four years, known by their peers as one of the hardest working bands in the scene. Come In will be Children 18:3's farewell album as they close out what has been an amazing run with 11 new[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

Carry The Fire by Dustin Kensrue

New Release Tuesday - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 5:00pm
Singer, songwriter and guitarist DUSTIN KENSRUE will release his new album, CARRY THE FIRE, on April 21, 2015 on Staple Records/Vagrant Records. The new album is the long anticipated follow-up to his 2007 solo debut, Please Come Home. Kensrue, known for his dynamic solo performances and as frontman for Southern California rock band Thrice, engineered and produced the record on his own while mixing duties were handled by Brian Eichelberger and the album was mastered by Howie Weinberg. "This record is a study in contrasts; light and darkness, flame and flood, true love and senseless hatred," commented Kensrue. "What does[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

For Every Curse by Daniel Bashta

New Release Tuesday - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 5:00pm
Daniel Bashta has written songs that have been recorded and sung all over the planet by the Newsboys, David Crowder, Passion Band, Jesus Culture and Bethel Music. Perhaps best known for penning the worship anthem Like a Lion(Gods Not Dead). "For Every Curse" is a collection of songs for the global church. "For Every Curse" is his newest offering it's message is simple yet unending, "All Hail King Jesus."[...]
Categories: Christian Music News