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Jersey Shore tax increase

WGRC News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:42pm

It’s a tax hike for property owners in the Jersey Shore School District. The School Board voted 7–0 last night to approve a budget of a little over $39 million dollars for the upcoming school year, and despite the fact that the district will save money by eliminating two teacher positions, as well as cutting into some benefits, the district’s technology equipment budget and basic education funding, a tax increase of a little over 2.6% will occur. Property owners in Lycoming County who are part of the district will see their tax rates go up about $1.64 for every $100 of assessed value of property.

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Probation and Restitution for Northumerland man

WGRC News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:41pm

Its four years of probation as well as paying back restitution for a former manager at a Sunbury Auto Dealership accused of stealing from his employer. An investigation got underway back in January against Steven Kremer of Northumberland who worked at Sunbury Motors Lincoln/Hyundai dealership and who is accused of keeping deposits for vehicles and vehicle sale funds over at least a three year period there. It’s believed that Kremer stole around $28,000 dollars over that time. While serving probation he has also been ordered to make $500 monthly payments to the company in order to pay back the money he stole.

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Donald Trump faces the heat

WGRC News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:41pm

NBC ended its relationship with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump Monday, because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants when he announced his campaign. Mexican media giant Televisa also says it will no longer broadcast the Miss Universe Pageant or engage in any other projects with Trump. Nearly 700,000 people have signed a petition calling on Macy’s to fire Donald Trump.

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Video Shows Man Being Delivered From 'Homosexual Demon' That Refused to Release Him at T.B. Joshua's Church

Christian Post - Pastors - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:47pm
A young Nigerian businessman who reportedly got possessed by a "homosexual demon" after going swimming with a group of men in Nairobi, Kenya, is seen on video being delivered from the "evil spirit" in a powerful swoop at The Synagogue Church of All Nations led by popular African preacher, T.B. Joshua.
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School opens to Iraqi refugee children

Mission Network News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Voice of the Martyrs)

Iraq (MNN) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates there are around two million Iraqi refugees forced from their homes because of the terror hailing from ISIS. About half of them are children. While fleeing from their homes, families had to leave everything behind, including school. Schools in host countries don’t have the capacity for refugee children, and many schools in Iraq aren’t in operation. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi kids haven’t been to school for about a year. They have become known as the “lost generation.” But, Voice of the Martyrs refuses to let children be lost or forgotten. Recently, a local church leader and VOM partner started dreaming of opening a Christian school near a refugee camp because they “believe education is so important to the children.” After searching for a place to hold the school, leaders found a house with a big backyard. “Though it would need many renovations before it was safe, church leaders discovered that it would accommodate four classrooms with enough space for at least 20 students in each classroom,” a VOM post said. Church leaders shared the idea with Iraqi parents in the middle of June, stating that they wanted to hit educational goals, and since it would be a Christian school, they wanted to “bring the love of God to every house through the children.” There was a starting goal of 25 kids. But, a miracle happened. The parents were so thrilled and eager with the opportunity that the school got many more student applications than they expected. “We had around 100 kids register,” a VOM partner said. “This is a big challenge, but God is good.” The school has kicked off and children are enjoying their time playing, participating in classroom activities, and learning in a safe environment. VOM hopes that the school will spark encouragement and the love of Christ with the Iraqi refugees. Pray that Iraqi refugees will to look to Jesus while they start their new lives in foreign area. Pray also that VOM will be able to establish more schools for refugee children. Click here to help VOM come alongside more Iraq refugees in tangible ways.
Categories: Mission Network News

Deaf Bible making a change to help 75% of deaf community

Mission Network News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 5:00am

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International (MNN) -- There are over 400 different Sign Languages worldwide, but less than 1% have a complete translation of the Bible. Millions are part of the deaf community, and yet, more than half remain illiterate. It’s fair to say the Deaf community is one of the largest unreached people groups in the world. But, Deaf Bible Society is making a change to address nearly 80% of the community by the year 2025. Why So Many Are Illiterate In certain cultures, deaf people are looked at negatively. They are seen as slow or even demon-possessed. Parents will often times cut them off from society, keep children from school, and hide them from sight. In some cases, they will abandon the child altogether. In other cultures where deaf people are seen as equal, they still remain at a disadvantage. “Like you and [me], we were in a home; we could hear our parents speaking around us, speaking to us, about us, and we entered school with about a 5,000-word vocabulary,” explains J.R. Bucklew of Deaf Bible.

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“This deaf child never hears a thing. They don’t hear you speaking to them, about them, for them, around them. And, they pick up very few gestures. You might create some home signs, but they enter into school with about a 50-word vocabulary.” Bucklew says in the US, 65% of deaf Americans are illiterate. Hearing people don’t understand that Sign Language is a separate language. “People misunderstand and assume that it’s just a hand motion or a gesture for every English word, and you do it in the same order: kind of like we’re doing...charades or something,” Bucklew says. “And it’s not that at all. American Sign Language is it’s own language. It has its own syntax, so grammar structures, language rules, everything, is completely different from English.” Deaf Bible Reborn Several years back, a Faith Comes By Hearing Regional Manager went to visit a listening group, ironically, at a deaf school. “All of the sudden, that night, about 20 deaf children showed up at this gathering and were insisting that they were told what that box was telling the people.” Bucklew says they were able to find an interpreter for the 20 children, but “this manager realized, ‘We were talking about getting God’s Word to every person and we’ve completely forgotten about the deaf.’”

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Since Faith Comes By Hearing creates audio Bibles, it seemed there was no way to reach out to the deaf community. But, they found a solution by launching a Deaf Bible App in 2012. “The Deaf Bible App, today, has about 16 languages in it, over 500,000 users worldwide--just tremendous distribution,” Bucklew says. In 2013, Deaf Bible was born as a part of Faith Comes By Hearing. Since the deaf community was in such desperate need of help and interpretation, the division grew rapidly. “Through that process we began to realize that one of our biggest complications in engaging deaf communities with the Scripture was going to be the fact that there were very few amounts of translation projects going on. There wasn’t enough content to engage deaf communities around the world,” Bucklew explains. “Faith Comes By Hearing is not involved in Bible translations, but we’re seeing an increasing need for us to be involved in translation when it comes to Sign Language.” That’s why Deaf Bible is now separating from Faith Comes By Hearing and becoming it’s own ministry. They’re partnering with ministries like DOOR International, Deaf Mission, Asia Pacific, Sign Language Development Association, and Wycliffe Bible Translators for help with the translation. “We figure any support we can give them, the better--whether that’s fundraising, promoting, building awareness, and making the reality of the deaf community known among our hearing brothers and sisters,” Bucklew says.

(Photo courtesy Deaf Bible)

Deaf Bible is also working on educating the hearing church. “We’re taking the role for the Bible translation organizations to say, ‘We will do four things. We will work on deaf awareness, education, access, and funding – so D.E.A.F.’” They want to have translation projects for 75% of the Deaf population by 2025. “Right now we see about 34 sign language projects going on in the world. And we’ve identified 10 languages that if we could start projects in those 10 people groups, these 44 languages...could represent about 80% of the world’s deaf population.” As this dream is turning into a reality, Deaf Bible could use your help. Pray for the projects to reach millions and give them hope in Jesus. Also, you can become a financial partner to sponsor projects around the globe.
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