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Shelter home: more than four walls and a roof

Mission Network News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

Bangladesh (ODM/MNN) -- What would you do if neighbors constantly harassed your kids while you were at work? Muslim-background believers (MBBs) in Bangladesh don’t have many options. But thanks to a shelter home provided by Open Doors USA, they’re praising God anyway. “He provided a place where they [our kids] can practice their Christian life,” one parent states. What is a shelter home? At first glance, a shelter home seems pretty self-explanatory. But within the context of Muslim-majority Bangladesh, it provides more than four walls and a roof.

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

Bangladesh is approximately 89% Muslim and 0.66% Christian. The country is ranked #43 on the Open Doors World Watch List--a compilation of the world's 50 worst persecutors of Christians. According to Open Doors, MBB parents experience pressure from their Muslim neighbors for leaving Islam, and they lack confidence in defending their faith. “Why do people mock me by calling me ‘son of a Christian?’” 11-year-old *Nur asks his mother. His question goes unanswered. In other instances, Open Doors’ shelter home provides the reassurance MBB parents need to sleep at night. “After I received Jesus, I could no longer keep my daughter in the house,” shares Bristi’s mom.

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

“Our neighbors would assault her every time I left for work. She’s better off at the shelter home where she can study and live in safety.” Open Doors' shelter home, which is operated through a local church, offers sanctuary to 36 children ages 6 to 14. Thirty-four of these children come from MBB families, and the other two are from a tribal background. At the home, kids receive proper education, nutritious food, and spiritual training to develop their faith in Christ. Why does it matter? Along with discipleship, the shelter home provides better care for the children’s physical needs. Due to poverty, many children in Bangladesh have a future of illiteracy, malnutrition, poor health, and stunted growth to look forward to. This is especially true of children from MBB families. MBBs are often denied access to community health facilities because of their faith in Christ.

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

“Without this shelter, our children may end up illiterate like us. Worse still, they may have to start working or run away from home,” parents tell Open Doors’ partners in Bangladesh. “Their peers may morally corrupt them. They may not learn who the true God is. They may die for lack of food or shelter. This is happening to other children in Bangladesh. “But we praise God that He has provided our children with studies, food, and shelter.” Learn how your gift can help Open Doors bring more persecuted Christian kids into the shelter home.
Categories: Mission Network News

Microsoft's 'Surface Pro 4' rumored to have Intel's latest processor, Skylake

Christian Post - Living - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 8:40pm
Microsoft will launch its Surface Pro 4 in October this year and it will be made available to the public sometime in November. Intel has just showcased its new Skylake processor and it shouldn't be a surprise if Surface Pro 4 comes with the Skylake processor.
Categories: Christian Post

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Slim makes an impression

Christian Post - Living - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 4:05pm
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Slim was meant to be a notable competitor for Apple's iPad Air 2. This has certainly been the case as there is no doubt that the tech giant has come out with an excellent tablet.
Categories: Christian Post

Charles Colson's 'My Final Word' Warns of 'Long Bloody Clash' in War Against Radical Islam

Christian Post - Bible - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 11:27am
Imagine that a loved one dies, and years later you receive a letter they wrote before they passed. That's how writer Anne Morse describes My Final Word, the new book she co-authored posthumously with the late evangelical figure, radio commentator and former Nixon aide Charles Colson, which shares Colson's uncanny foresight and words of wisdom regarding many of today's critical issues — most notably religion.
Categories: Christian Post

Charles Colson's 'My Final Word' Warns of 'Long Bloody Clash' in War Against Radical Islam

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 11:27am
Imagine that a loved one dies, and years later you receive a letter they wrote before they passed. That's how writer Anne Morse describes My Final Word, the new book she co-authored posthumously with the late evangelical figure, radio commentator and former Nixon aide Charles Colson, which shares Colson's uncanny foresight and words of wisdom regarding many of today's critical issues — most notably religion.
Categories: Christian Post

Harvest Crusade Anaheim: Evangelist Greg Laurie Warns Against the 'Unforgivable Sin'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 10:24am
In his second nightly message at the Southern California Harvest Crusade on Saturday, Pastor Greg Laurie warned a crowd of tens of thousands in Anaheim's Angel Stadium that it's possible to reach "a point of no return" if they consciously reject God's forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Categories: Christian Post

5 Questions to Consider When Leaving a Church

Christian Post - Church Growth - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 10:14am
Here are a five questions to consider before leaving a church or discarding fellowship.
Categories: Christian Post

Christian Students at Duke University Refuse to Read LGBT Porn Novel

Christian Post - Bible - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 4:54pm
A group of students in Duke University's freshman class are speaking out publicly about their refusal to read a novel that was selected as the freshman summer reading book because the book's pornographic content violates their Christian beliefs and moral principles.
Categories: Christian Post

Pastor's Family Struggles Take Center Stage in the Screen Adaptation of 'Let the Church Say Amen' (Interview)

Christian Post - Pastors - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 3:57pm
Preachers deal with the same struggles as the rest of the world once they step away from the pulpit, and the BET premiere of the new movie "Let the Church Say Amen" showcases many of those challenges with the help of an all-star cast.
Categories: Christian Post

Massive Swarm of Bees Create 10 Feet Tall Hive Inside Historic 95-Y-O Colorado Church (Watch)

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 2:17pm
A swarm of bees have made an unlikely home inside a 95-year-old Colorado church, creating a hive inside the sanctuary's rafters that's close to 10 feet long and 3 feet wide.
Categories: Christian Post

Kierra Sheard Remakes Beyoncé Song for Single Christian Women Waiting for Love

Christian Post - Bible - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 10:34am
Gospel singer Kierra Sheard recently remade Beyoncé Knowles' 2008 hit single "If I Were a Boy" from the perspective of a single Christian woman.
Categories: Christian Post

Nearly 30,000 Harvest Crusade Angel Stadium Attendees; Pastor Greg Laurie Says Happiness Is Not a Lost Cause

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 10:28am
As tens of thousands of Californians filled Anaheim's Angel Stadium for the Southern California Harvest Crusade 2015 on Friday night, pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie delivered the event's first nightly message, sharing how happiness can be experienced through our creator, who is "a happy God."
Categories: Christian Post

Christians in Hong Kong feeling pressure from mainland China

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:18am
Christians in Hong Kong are now feeling pressure from authorities in China after the city has enjoyed freedom from the mainland for quite some time.
Categories: Christian Post

Moto X Style to be rebranded as 'DROID Turbo 2' – Rumors and Specs

Christian Post - Living - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:10pm
Everyone is expecting a high-end DROID phone from Verizon before the winter holidays. Rumors have it that Verizon's full-priced flagship will be called DROID Turbo 2 and will be based on Motorola's Moto X Style/Moto X Pure Edition.
Categories: Christian Post

Hurricane Katrina Was a 'Test of Our Faith,' Says Former SBC President Fred Luter on 10-Year Anniversary

Christian Post - Church Growth - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:37pm
Ten years after church denominations and emergency agencies were first on the scene in response to the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, help still trickles in to rebuild the communities affected along the Gulf Coast.
Categories: Christian Post

Hurricane Katrina Was a 'Test of Our Faith,' Says Former SBC President Fred Luter on 10-Year Anniversary

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:37pm
Ten years after church denominations and emergency agencies were first on the scene in response to the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, help still trickles in to rebuild the communities affected along the Gulf Coast.
Categories: Christian Post

PA now has online voter registration

WGRC News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:05pm

It is now easier to register to vote in the state of Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf announced yesterday that the state of Pennsylvania is now the 23rd state in the nation to provide online voter registration. To register to vote online you can go to the website www.register.votespa.com and complete the form. Once completed the form is forwarded electronically to the person’s county voter registration office. If the information matches the person’s PA ID, the signature on file will become the signature used for voting.

Categories: Local News

Williamsport street party

WGRC News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:04pm

There are no games at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport today, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of activity on the other side of the river. The city of Williamsport and the Williamsport Lycoming Chamber of Commerce is throwing a big street party today from 5 to 9pm with Williamsport Welcomes the World. Dozens of vendors with many different types of food as well as crafts will be on hand. Former Major League reliever and Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter will be on hand to sign autographs.

Categories: Local News

'War Room' Director: 'Prayer Is Not a Spare Tire, It's the Steering Wheel'

Christian Post - Bible - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:37pm
If you knew your enemy was using a strategic plan to try to defeat you, wouldn't you adopt a battle plan of your own? You might be surprised to find that the most lethal weapon in your arsenal isn't a vengeful act, a firearm, or a lawsuit — it's prayer. That's the premise behind the dramatic new film "War Room," which director/producer duo Alex and Stephen Kendrick say is a "call to prayer."
Categories: Christian Post

Adorable Little Children Teach Us the Power of Prayer

Christian Post - Bible - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:08pm
These little children are such a blessing. Listening to them explain the power of prayer, and who they thank in prayer, will light up your soul.
Categories: Christian Post