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Greece debt adds to refugee crisis

Mission Network News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:00am

Syrian refugees have found Greece less than welcoming.

Greece (MNN) -- The number of Syrian refugees continues to mount in neighboring countries. According to the United Nations, the number of refugees passed the four million mark. Many have sought refuge in Europe. That's putting incredible pressure on countries who are having great financial difficulties on their own. Steve Van Valkenberg with Christian Aid Mission says, "They will go through places like Greece, which is a gateway for them to get into Europe. There are tens of thousands every month going through places like Greece. So, it's a great opportunity for Christians there to reach out to these people and meet their physical and emotional needs, but also to share Christ with them."

Syrian refugees can still be seen living on the streets of Athens.

Can Greece handle the influx of refugees? They continue to be plagued with staggering debt. "When you have the financial crisis in Greece with people coming with nothing and they have great needs, then the ministries there need to have resources to be able to help people," explains Van Valkenberg. Unfortunately, "they can't get resources because of the financial crisis." Christian Aid Mission is providing as much assistance to their partners in Greece as they can, but the demand is much greater than their supply. Van Valkenberg says in one instance they ran out of funds, but God worked. "The refugees themselves pooled money together because they saw the need to provide food for the others." The uncertainty that plagues refugees can't help but force people to think about their future. "There's a lot of openness to the Gospel and a great desire to read New Testaments and get together with Christians to find out what the Bible says and what Christianity is about," Van Valkenberg says. "Many ...are becoming Christians." Van Valkenberg says the challenge is follow up. As these refugees fan out around the world, helping them grow in their faith will fall upon ministries where they establish their homes. "We have people who have just become believers in Christ, and they know very little. They have a New Testament, they know they are believers in Christ; but they don't know much else." Prayer is urgently needed. Donations are also needed. "The resources just aren't there. You can't get jobs. Everything's getting more expensive." Support Christian Aid Mission through a link here to help reach more refugees with the love of Christ.
Categories: Mission Network News

LIFE International speaks up

Mission Network News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Students For Life via Facebook)

International (MNN) – As crises clash in Greece and Turkey attacks Kurdish militia on its border with Syria, the Planned Parenthood scandal is entering its third week in the U.S. Following the release of a third undercover video, pro-lifers rallied in more than 50 cities yesterday as part of the #WomenBetrayed movement. According to CBN News, demonstrators were urging government officials to “investigate, prosecute, and defund Planned Parenthood.” “This issue is one that will never go away, in the United States or around the world, because it has to do with ‘Who is a human being?’” says LIFE International’s Melinda Delahoyde. LIFE International partners with churches and pastors in 83 nations to answer that question from Scripture. As they do, “We have over 18,000 decisions for Christ,” Delahoyde shares. “That’s the amazing thing here: it’s the combination of the Gospel, so that hearts are healed, and the sanctity of life message, so that lives are saved. Those two always go together.” LIFE International Ever since God created humans in His own image, Satan has been finding ways to destroy them. As LIFE International explains on its Web site, “all people--from the unborn to the elderly--face mistreatment, bondage, marginalization, and criminal attacks in countless forms.”

Counselor training in Kenya.
(Photo courtesy LIFE International)

That’s why LIFE International teams up with Christ-centered, life-giving ministries and individuals around the world. As they teach leaders about God’s design and purpose for life, those leaders spread the message to their congregations, families, and friends. The initial message--that God loves unborn lives--catches many overseas by surprise. “Most of them have never heard that message,” Delahoyde shares. “It’s not uncommon for us to be working with church leaders and have one of them come up and say, ‘We’ve never heard this before. We’ve never understood that God the Father loves the little babies. I’ve helped my wife have an abortion – is that wrong?’” Around the world, 42 million unborn lives are aborted every year. You can partner with LIFE International here to help save some. “We have 3 things that we say you can do to be involved,” says Delahoyde. Pray “You can join the LIFE International Global Prayer Shield,” Delahoyde explains. “Be praying for Christians around the world who are involved in helping bring life to their countries.” Join the Global Prayer Shield here. Sow

Training session for church leaders in Ukraine.
(Photo courtesy LIFE International)

When you partner with LIFE International financially, your gift puts life-giving materials in the hands of Christians worldwide. “We need help taking this message to countries around the world where it is not, and where there are 42 million abortions taking place every year,” Delahoyde says. You can share this story on Facebook to help LIFE International spread the Gospel and sanctity of life message. Go By becoming an International Training Specialist with LIFE International, you’ll have an opportunity to share your unique expertise and experience with other ministry leaders around the world “We have a wonderful training program with people from churches and schools who actually go with us on trips to India, Nepal, Zambia, go with us and take that message,” says Delahoyde. Learn more and sign up here.
Categories: Mission Network News

Using history to inspire Iranian house churches

Mission Network News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:00am
Iran (MNN) -- Iran’s Christians face persecution daily, and choosing to accept Jesus Christ means living a life of secrecy and constant fear. That’s why SAT-7, a Christian satellite television to the Middle East and North Africa, created "God and the Persecuted." SAT-7's goal is to equip Iran’s house churches to persevere through persecution and develop techniques of endurance.

Rev. Albert Aslan
(Photo Courtesy SAT-7)

The hosts are two well-known Iranian pastors, Rev. Albert Aslan and Rev. Edward Hovsepian. They use the Gospel and stories from church history to encourage underground believers in Iran through the television program. Each episode focuses an a certain topic relating to modern-day persecution, using stories from centuries of church history to show that this isn’t the first time that Christians have faced severe persecution, nor will it be the last. Although there have been 2,000 years of persecution, "God and the Persecuted" notes there have also been 2,000 years of church growth. SAT-7 is coming alongside Iranian house churches and helping them to face adversity in a godly way; getting hope, grace, and strength from a God more powerful than anything their enemies can throw at them. But that’s not all: "God and the Persecuted" will also help outsiders become aware of the severe persecution facing Iranian believers.

(Photo Courtesy SAT-7)

SAT-7 is asking for your prayer and support for their programs and for the Christians struggling in Iran. Over 80 believers are known to be imprisoned in Iran simply because of their faith. Any Christian applying for a job has to specify his or her religious affiliation on the job application. That means they either deny their faith or admit their belief in Jesus Christ and go jobless at the very least. With all the horror facing Iranian house churches, "God and the Persecuted" directly addresses the hopelessness that’s so easy to fall into, and encourages believers to persevere through the storm. Want to make a difference? Your gift of $10 supports 10 viewers for 1 year. Click here to help.
Categories: Mission Network News

Chaos continues in Central African Republic

Mission Network News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo Courtesy Open Doors USA)

Central African Republic (MNN) -- It’s easy to assume that when a country struggling with violence disappears from the headlines, things are going well and the crisis is passed. The assumption is reinforced when the last news was that of a peace agreement between both sides. Such is the case with Central African Republic. In the spring of 2013, Muslim Seleka rebels took the capital city of Central African Republic. A few months later, the Seleka leader resigned because of international pressure, and a transitional government was put in place to try to restore order and stability. Ongoing Muslim-vs-non-Muslim violence finally resulted in a peace agreement between Selka and anti-Balaka rebels this year. Yet Open Doors says the suffering is far from over, especially for Christians. Violence and destruction continues, especially in the northeast part of the country. Rebels are targeting church leaders, killing them to hurt entire churches with one bullet. Pastors are hunted and killed to keep them from ministering to their congregations. Communities are one gunshot away from chaotic violence, and local Christians believe only the hope of the Gospel can bring healing to the lands.

(Photo Courtesy Open Doors Ministries)

In areas around Kaga Bandoro, Fulani migrants have profited greatly from human trafficking, kidnapping locals to serve as sex slaves or laborers. They’re also invading local towns and chasing out the inhabitants, slaughtering Christians and setting fire to homes and churches. Refugee camps are high-risk areas where food and shelter are in high demand. Resources are spread thin, and the supplies that arrive every three months often only last for one month. Shelter is a huge issue as the rainy season approaches, and refugees are trying to build tents out of leaves to protect them from the weather. The church in Central African Republic is desperate for prayer. Believers are concerned for their brothers and sisters, as well as their local communities. Many say it will be impossible for the country to pull through without the guiding hand of God.
Categories: Mission Network News

Georgia School Disctrict Forced to Pay Atheist Group $22,500 in Lawsuit Over Coach-Led Team Prayers

Christian Post - Bible - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:37pm
A public school district in Georgia will have to pay a humanist organization $22,500 through its insurance carriers after the organization sued the school system over allegations that local high school coaches led their teams in prayers and included biblical passages on official team log books and promotional banners.
Categories: Christian Post

'May God Have Mercy on Us,' Says Christian Cape Town Student Forced Out of Leadership Role for Facebook Comment Opposing Gay Marriage

Christian Post - Bible - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:15pm
A Christian student at the University of Cape Town was forced out of her position at the institution after she posted a message on Facebook deemed "anti-gay marriage."
Categories: Christian Post

Mark Driscoll Says Lord Convicted Him of 'Sin Against' Joel Osteen; 'I've Lost Any Right to Criticize Another Pastor'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 6:42pm
After publicly criticizing the ministry of megachurch pastor Joel Osteen, former Mars Hill Church lead pastor Mark Driscoll says the Lord has convicted him about his "sin" against the popular preacher and he's now seeking to make amends.
Categories: Christian Post

Planned Parenthood Hacked by Shadowy Pro-Life Group

Christian Post - Missions - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:30pm
A pro-life hacktivist group has stolen confidential data from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, claiming that they will release the information soon.
Categories: Christian Post

Rick Santorum’s campaign stragedy

WGRC News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:43pm

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is not changing his campaign strategy by pressing to raise polling numbers to ensure he’s part of the campaign’s first major debate, August 6 in Cleveland. A spokesman says his TV appearances in recent days have been timed more to take advantage of his time in New York this past week. Santorum is not expected to be part of the debate.

Categories: Local News

Lyme Disease Awareness

WGRC News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:43pm

With Pennsylvania leading the nation in reported cases of Lyme disease, The state Department of Health has called for increased awareness about this serious disease and outlined the department’s efforts to combat tick-borne diseases in Pennsylvania. When detected early, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. Left untreated, the disease can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system. Early diagnosis is important in preventing late-stage complications.

Categories: Local News

Missing Florida Boys

WGRC News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:42pm

The Coast Guard is continuing what it calls an aggressive search for two 14-year-old boys who have gone missing off of Florida’s east coast. The boys’ capsized boat was located about 60 miles offshore from Daytona Beach on Sunday. The boys were apparently trying to make it to the Bahamas on their 19-foot boat.

Categories: Local News

Possible heatwave

WGRC News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:42pm

The heat is here. Temperatures are expected to continue in the 90’s for the next few days, with the humidity making it feel like it’s over 100 during the peak time of day. Susquehanna Health and other health officials are reminded residents to drink plenty of water, especially if they are going to be outside for any long periods of time. Also to make sure your pets have plenty of water, and shaded areas if they are outdoor pets. Elderly persons are reminded to stay inside with the air conditioning on if possible, and you are reminded to check on neighbors who may not have air conditioning.

Categories: Local News

Joel Osteen Brings Seventh Annual America's Night of Hope and Generation Hope Project to San Francisco

Christian Post - Pastors - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:14pm
Joel and Victoria Osteen will hold their ministry's seventh annual America's Night of Hope and Generation Hope Project in the city of San Francisco in less than two weeks.
Categories: Christian Post

Joel Osteen Brings Seventh Annual America's Night of Hope and Generation Hope Project to San Francisco

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:14pm
Joel and Victoria Osteen will hold their ministry's seventh annual America's Night of Hope and Generation Hope Project in the city of San Francisco in less than two weeks.
Categories: Christian Post

Senate to Vote on Removing $500 Million Funding for Planned Parenthood

Christian Post - Missions - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:07pm
The U.S. Senate will soon vote on a piece of proposed legislation meant to defund the controversial abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
Categories: Christian Post

In Tearful Interview With Brian Houston, Mark Driscoll and Wife Reveal How God Told Them to Resign From Mars Hill Church

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 9:17am
In perhaps the most humbling reaction to his controversial exit from Mars Hill Church less than a year ago, co-founder of the now defunct Seattle-based megachurch, Mark Driscoll, revealed in a tearful video interview with Hillsong Church's Brian Houston that it was God who told him and his wife, Grace, to resign from the church because a trap had been set.
Categories: Christian Post

Bishop T.D. Jakes Aims to Help Others Find Their Purpose in Life by Revealing His Life Experiences in New Book, 'Destiny'

Christian Post - Pastors - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 7:47am
Bishop T.D. Jakes, the head of The Potter's House megachurch in Dallas, will release a new book titled Destiny next month in which he shares his personal experiences in an effort to help others to find their purpose in life.
Categories: Christian Post

Bishop T.D. Jakes Aims to Help Others Find Their Purpose in Life by Revealing His Life Experiences in New Book, 'Destiny'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 7:47am
Bishop T.D. Jakes, the head of The Potter's House megachurch in Dallas, will release a new book titled Destiny next month in which he shares his personal experiences in an effort to help others to find their purpose in life.
Categories: Christian Post

A Part of Everything

Christian Post - Living - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 7:46am
When Jesus laid out for His disciples what it really meant to follow Him, many of His so-called disciples left. Then Jesus turned to Peter and the others and said, "Are you also going to leave?" (John 6:67).
Categories: Christian Post

​'In Vain They Worship Me'-How Can We Avoid Vain Worship?

Christian Post - Pastors - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 7:05am
Sadly, many confuse false worship with genuine worship. According to numerous theological resources, false worship is when an entity, person, or object is worshiped instead of God—our passion for "something" outweighs our passion for Him; it draws us away.
Categories: Christian Post