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BGR maximizes Nepal quake relief funds

Mission Network News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Baptist Global Response)

Nepal (MNN) -- Nepal's government estimated the cost for earthquake repair at $6.7 billion. Foreign donors have given more than $3 billion dollars, led by India promising $2 billion over the next two years. The Asian Development bank pledged $600 million, while China promised $483 million. These countries may have outgiven everyone else, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're making the biggest impact. Baptist Global Response has raised about $1.2 million for food, shelter, and other essentials, and has mobilized about three-quarters of it. It may not be billions, but BGR is ensuring every cent goes toward meeting physical needs. “Pledges, and the way that countries support international disasters, they translate into different things, not necessarily goods that get to people,” says Jeff Palmer, BGR’s executive director. “The good thing about BGR and several others like us that are in there responding is that even though we have the smaller amounts of resources, based upon the generosity and goodness of our donors, we’re really able to take those resources and put them out almost dollar-for-dollar to really help with things like food, like shelter, like getting people back into the normalcy of life,” Palmer says. BGR’s support comes in a timely fashion. The monsoon season, a time of heavy rainfalls, has already begun and is delaying rebuilding projects. But through BGR's help, victims are receiving temporary relief. “In the early days, we were providing food, because that was the need,” Palmer says. “Then it moved to some hygiene kits and some medicines and some things that people need to get back in their homes. The big thing that we’re moving to now is shelter, getting people out of the rain because the rainy season, which is called the monsoon season, has started, and folks just need a dry place to live." BGR workers are in the process of constructing over 10,000 tin-roofed structures in the next few months. They cost around $100 apiece, and several hundred have already been constructed. They aren't perfect, but they're better than nothing.

(Photo courtesy of Baptist Global Response)

“They’re not fancy; they’re holding up well because of the metal construction and the tin,” Palmer says. “A neat part is: everything can be gotten locally. We buy locally, stimulate the local economy. And it’s reproducible: anybody can do it.” But BGR isn’t just meeting physical needs. Palmer says that showing compassion and serving the suffering opens doors for more meaningful interaction. “Go back to the Bible,” Palmer says. “The love of Christ compels us to minister and take care of those who can’t take care of themselves. And in that, what a wonderful way that we, as followers of Jesus, can make Christ known around the world.” Palmer asks that you join BGR as it shares the hope of Christ through meeting temporary needs. Visit gobgr.org to learn more about the organization's work in Nepal and to find donation opportunities. You can also serve by praying. Pray that God would guide BGR workers toward the greatest needs. Pray also that the people of Nepal would realize their need for God.
Categories: Mission Network News

Food for the Hungry makes a lasting impact in Bangladesh

Mission Network News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 5:00am
Bangladesh (MNN) -- “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach him to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” That’s a philosophy Food for the Hungry follows in their various programs, and so far, they’ve been proven right. In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a community called Dumni has been continuing the work started by FH five years ago, including various savings and care programs. Since 2010, when the community was graduated from the program, locals have been able to sustain and expand each program within the community

(Photo Courtesy Food for the Hungry)

Currently there are 43 active savings groups that were started by FH. Savings groups work like banks for the impoverished members of the community. At each meeting, members contribute small amounts of money to the main fund. They can also take out small loans at low interest rates, and at the end of the year the funds are divided up among the members. However, savings aren’t the only way FH continues to impact the community. Before the organization intervened, women weren’t able to get involved in most aspects of community life. Most women were confined to their homes and never met together or contributed financially to their families. Now, that’s changed dramatically.

(Photo Courtesy Food for the Hungry)

Many of the community’s women found a new confidence to speak up. Now they’re leading savings groups, speaking to huge groups, and trying to promote the welfare of their families and their communities. Not only are women fighting such injustices as discrimination and child marriage, they are learning new skill sets to use in their very own businesses. Women can use skills FH taught them like sewing, as well as borrow money from the savings groups for tools like a sewing machine, to kick off their own small businesses to help support their families. Finally, women are being noticed within the community for their independence and positive impact. They’re becoming active members of society in surprising new ways. FH also taught communication, hygiene, youth education, and women empowerment through the eight years they were there. Issues like community communication, public restrooms, children skipping school, and child marriages were constantly being fought. As new challenges arise, a newly-united community is ready to take them on, thanks to the lasting impact of Food for the Hungry's message. They are working hard to fulfill FH's goal of working with churches, families, and communities to overcome poverty by living a healthy relationship with God and His creation.
Categories: Mission Network News

Red Rock Mysteries radio program trying to produce Series 6

Mission Network News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 5:00am
International (MNN) -- The past year for Keys for Kids Ministries has been eventful, to say the least. They’ve changed their name from CBH Ministries, adjusted their radio to a 24/7 program, and even gone international, developing an app for Chinese Sunday schools and translating their radio station into Albanian. It’s not over, either. They’re working hard right now to raise enough funds to translate material into Nepali, Greek, and Macedonian. “As these requests [for translated materials] kept coming in, we thought 'we just need to give this material to the countries that really need it because they can’t afford to buy or purchase it, and it’s such a valuable resource,'” says Terre Ritchie, Executive Director of Keys for Kids Ministries.

(Photo Courtesy Keys for Kids Ministries)

Meanwhile, this year in the U.S., a new program called Red Rock Ministries has taken the place of Down Gilead’s Lane. The new stories revolve around a mom and her two teenagers as they cope with a father and husband who abandoned them. The series has 5 seasons so far. “Right now we’re in the process of writing, producing, recording, editing, all the things that have to happen so that we can produce series six of the Red Rock Mysteries coming up in the fall,” says Ritchie. However, despite growing support for the program, Keys for Kids needs help gathering the $50,000 that will make Series 6 possible. A few people are trying to support the program. “We got a large gift to our ministry, and we decided to put some of that toward the production of it. So we’ve got probably around $15,000 right now toward that $50,000.” This donor's support is greatly appreciated, but “we do need more to come in so we can continue producing content for our online radio station and for radio stations to carry our program.”

Photo courtesy Keys for Kids Ministries

Ritchie reminds potential supporters that “We’re a children’s ministry. Children don’t have a way to send in money, but their parents do. “We need and want and so desire to help kids grow spiritually,” and you can help make that possible. Pray for the ministry as it expands its horizons internationally while continuing well-loved programs like the Red Rock Mysteries, all with the goal of touching the lives of the youngest members of the kingdom of God.
Categories: Mission Network News

Rwandan village provided with clean water

Mission Network News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 5:00am
Rwanda (MNN) -- Across the world, over 748 million people suffer because they don’t have access to clean water. This doesn’t necessarily mean they have no water at all, but the water source may be a filthy stream. Such was the case of Dativ and her five children. Dativ live Nyamugari, Rwanda, and the closest water source they had access to was a dirty stream. The hike was miles long, consuming valuable time that Dativ could have been using to provide food for her family. Instead, she had to haul a bucket of water to and from the stream.

(Photo Courtesy Living Water International)

Not only was the water hard to come by, it was also dangerous to drink. Despite her best efforts, she couldn’t get rid of the dangerous bacteria. She couldn’t even afford firewood to boil the water with to keep it clean. And when her children got sick, the problems went even further than a physical ailment. She was forced to pay extensive medical bills, pushing herself and her family even further into debt. The only escape from a life of poverty for the children was their education. With a good education, they could move beyond the poor village, but they were so sick for so long that they couldn’t attend school.

(Photo Courtesy Living Water International)

That’s where Living Water International came in. They installed a safe-water well in the community, providing public access to clean water as well as educational hygiene training. Locals learned to wash their hands after eating or using the bathroom, to keep their dishes as clean as possible, and to cook balanced meals to keep their families healthy. Now Dativ is able to stay home with her strong, healthy family instead of trekking daily to a dirty stream. She’s even planted a brand new garden, using her newly-found spare time to grow vegetables for her family to eat. Clean water has affected every aspect of her life. Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately-needed clean water and experience "Living Water"--the Gospel of Jesus Christ--which alone satisfies the deepest thirst. This has been exemplified in the story of Dativ and her family, and you can help them work in the lives of even more families across the globe.
Categories: Mission Network News

Charleston Looked Like the Gospel and the Gospel, Like Charleston

Christian Post - Bible - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 10:32pm
This is what the Gospel in action looks like. Only through the power of God could such a response be possible.
Categories: Christian Post

A Blessed Nation

Christian Post - Living - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 10:13am
Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political thinker and historian wrote a book entitled Democracy in America. This book was published after his extensive travels in our country when it was still young.
Categories: Christian Post

Ray Comfort Believes His New Film 'Audacity' May Bring Peace Between the Church and LGBT Communities

Christian Post - Evangelism - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 9:56am
Ray Comfort, a well-known Christian evangelist who's preached the Gospel alongside actor Kirk Cameron in the TV series "The Way of the Master," hopes to bring peace between the church and the LGBT community with his new film, "Audacity."
Categories: Christian Post

'Homeless Jesus' Statue May Find Permanent Home in Indianapolis With Help of UMC Church, Charities

Christian Post - Missions - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 9:52am
A church in Indiana has joined several charity organizations to raise money to purchase a "Homeless Jesus" statue for the state capital.
Categories: Christian Post

'Homeless Jesus' Statue May Find Permanent Home in Indianapolis With Help of UMC Church, Charities

Christian Post - Bible - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 9:52am
A church in Indiana has joined several charity organizations to raise money to purchase a "Homeless Jesus" statue for the state capital.
Categories: Christian Post

Imprisoned Sudanese Pastors Must Be Proven Innocent or They Will Face the Death Penalty

Christian Post - Pastors - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 9:40am
A Sudanese court has ruled that there is enough evidence to move forward with the trial of two imprisoned South Sudanese Presbyterian pastors facing "trumped-up" espionage charges, which are punishable by death. The pastors' attorney will have only two weeks to prove their innocence without access to his clients.
Categories: Christian Post

Freedom in Christ

Christian Post - Living - Sat, 07/04/2015 - 10:31am
Throughout this day, Americans everywhere will celebrate freedom, as well they should. It's one of the defining principles of their nation. Yet one might ask, Of those celebrating freedom, how many are truly experiencing it?
Categories: Christian Post

US Episcopal Church Approves Same-Sex Marriage; Replaces Terms 'Man and Woman' With 'Couples'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sat, 07/04/2015 - 10:10am
The U.S. Episcopal Church has voted to change the church's rules governing marriage and to authorize their clergy to perform same-sex weddings, days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage for all Americans.
Categories: Christian Post

'Duck Dynasty's Si Robertson Says There's No Such Thing as an Atheist; Talks New Film 'Faith of Our Fathers'

Christian Post - Bible - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 5:18pm
'Duck Dynasty' star Si Robertson, who's known for being outspoken Christian faith, told CP Voice earlier this week that as a Vietnam veteran he knows there's no such thing as an atheist because when people find themselves in a life-threatening situation, they cry out to God, saying, "please help me."
Categories: Christian Post

Protestant Radio Program 'Day1' Celebrates 70 Years of 'Preaching the Word of God' on Stations Across the World

Christian Post - Pastors - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 2:44pm
A Georgia-based radio program centered on promoting the perspectives of mainline Protestant denominations has turned 70 this year.
Categories: Christian Post

Protestant Radio Program 'Day1' Celebrates 70 Years of 'Preaching the Word of God' on Stations Across the World

Christian Post - Missions - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 2:44pm
A Georgia-based radio program centered on promoting the perspectives of mainline Protestant denominations has turned 70 this year.
Categories: Christian Post

Protestant Radio Program 'Day1' Celebrates 70 Years of 'Preaching the Word of God' on Stations Across the World

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 2:44pm
A Georgia-based radio program centered on promoting the perspectives of mainline Protestant denominations has turned 70 this year.
Categories: Christian Post

Episcopal Church Calls for Removal of All Confederate Flags; Says It's a Symbol 'at Odds With the Love of Jesus Christ'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 1:40pm
The Episcopal Church, a theologically liberal denomination that has strong historic ties to the former Confederacy, voted at their General Convention in favor of a resolution calling for the removal of Confederate battle flags from public display.
Categories: Christian Post

Governor Wolf vetoes three more bills

WGRC News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:43pm

Governor Wolf continued exercising his veto powers in Harrisburg yesterday. The governor who just a day before vetoed the entire state budget, yesterday vetoed three more bills. One of those bills is to privatize the Pa State Liquor system with Wolf saying that the state can support and bolster consumer convenience without selling the system and risking higher prices and fewer selections for consumers. Wolf also vetoed a public schools bill which contains a new formula to distribute state aid to districts and one that guides how money from the budget is spent. He has not decided yet what to do with legislation which would change the state’s pension system.

Categories: Local News

Embattled Megachurch Pastor Kong Hee Selling $10 Million 'Lavish and Opulent' Penthouse; Kong Calls Report 'Misleading and Exaggerated'

Christian Post - Pastors - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:17pm
City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee has put up for sale a co-owned $10 million luxury penthouse in Sentosa Cove, Singapore, amid an ongoing trial concerning the possible misuse of $19 million in church funds to finance his wife's music career. Kong has hit back against a report describing the penthouse, calling it "misleading and exaggerated."
Categories: Christian Post

Lakewood Church Is Not 'True Religion,' Claim Six Men From Controversial Church Group Arrested for Heckling Pastor Joel Osteen at Sunday Service

Christian Post - Bible - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 11:04am
The six men arrested on Sunday for heckling pastor Joel Osteen at his Lakewood Church in Houston appeared in court on Friday and now face trespassing charges. The defendants, who are members of a controversial East Texas church, said they heckled the pastor during the Sunday service because they don't believe Lakewood Church is practicing "true religion."
Categories: Christian Post