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The cost of the manhunt for Frein

WGRC News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:27am

The 48-day manhunt for Eric Frein who is charged in the homicide of a state trooper in Pike County cost more than originally projected.
State police spent an estimated $11.7 million, about $700,000 more than the amount released in November, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune. State Police Commissioner-designate Col. Marcus Brown said the state police have absorbed the costs and is not seeking additional state funding. An ambush at the Blooming Grove Township police barrack in September resulted in the death of Cpl. Bryon Dickson and injuries to Trooper Alex Douglass. Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is facing first-degree murder charges in Pike County Courthouse.

Categories: Local News

Mosaix Leaders Summit Sets Ambitious Goal of Planting 1,000 Multi-Ethnic Churches in 10 Years

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 8:30am
A first-of-its-kind gathering of over 25 different influential Christian organizations and leaders, including the Southern Baptist Convention and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), convened this week to discuss and trade ideas on how to plant and grow multi-ethnic churches throughout North America, including strategies to establish 1,000 such churches over the next seven to ten years.
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Why Pray?

Christian Post - Living - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 7:51am
To be a growing Christian, you must have a prayer life. And what is prayer? Simply put, it is communicating with and listening to God.
Categories: Christian Post

ISIS threats in Libya ever increasing

Mission Network News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy of Voice of the Martyrs)

Libya (MNN) -- What if you couldn't leave your home for fear of being kidnapped and murdered? This is the reality for Egyptian Christians in Libya. After Islamic State (IS) murdered 21 Christians in January, Egyptian believers have faced ongoing threats, kidnappings, and killings. Voice of the Martyrs reports that as the fear increases, IS is offering money to Muslims who divulge which of their neighbors are Christians. Nearly one third of the residents in these areas are Coptic Christians. Many people living with Christians are afraid to be seen with them. Bus drivers are even wary of transporting them because of IS checkpoints. In the case that Christians are given a ride, they have to pay a higher fare to get where they are going. The 21 Christians who were murdered lived in the Samalout village in the rural province of Minya. They were abducted by IS in late December and early January near Sirte, Libya. The militant group confirmed their religious identity by reviewing their I.D. cards; they let the Muslims go and murdered the Christians. The number of Coptic Christians in Egypt is estimated to be about 11 million--about 15% of the country’s population. The Egyptian government has reportedly issued a payment of 100,000 Egyptian pounds (roughly $13,000) to the families of each of the executed men, also declaring that they should receive free education and healthcare. The government also called for seven days of mourning following the killings. In many instances, Egyptian Christians moved to Libya in search of work as their own economy collapsed in recent years. The Egyptian government is doing everything it can to help its citizens return to Egypt, but these citizens are now too afraid to leave their house to return home for fear of persecution. Open Doors USA reports that seven Egyptian Christians were killed at gunpoint on a beach in Libya. The murdered believers ranged in age from 17 to 25. As Christians face abuse and torture from Islamists, please pray that their faith in God would be strengthened and that His peace would replace the fear in their hearts.  
Categories: Mission Network News

Bible shipment bound for Cuba

Mission Network News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy International Mission Board)

Cuba (IMB) -- Three 40-foot containers packed with 83,723 Spanish-language Bibles to be distributed among Baptist churches in both Western and Eastern Cuba left South Florida during the week of March 15 and are expected to arrive in Havana March 25. The shipment is the third Southern Baptists have sent to the island nation since 1999, bringing the total number of Bibles sent to nearly half a million, said Kurt Urbanek, International Mission Board strategy leader for Cuba since 1997. However, this represents the first time Bibles were shipped directly from the United States. The extensive process of seeking permission from the Cuban government to ship Bibles required a great deal of negotiation with government officials and the Cuban Bible Society, explained Urbanek. Clearance for this effort was given late 2014. “We are grateful the Cuban government opened the doors for the Bibles,” said Urbanek. In 1992 the Cuban government officially changed its status from an atheistic to a secular society, helping pave the way for the Bible distribution. The shipment of the Bibles and Bible resources, coordinated by IMB, represents a collaborative partnership between IMB, LifeWay Christian Resources, Florida Baptist Convention, Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Florida, and other individuals and groups. LifeWay donated 60,000 Bibles. IMB provided $100,000 for the project. Florida Baptists contributed $2,000 from the Maguire State Mission Offering to purchase 600 leather-bound Bibles. Others provided funding for additional Bibles and resources, as well as the cost of shipment. In the past, the Cuban government required Bibles to be distributed to all evangelical denominations in the country. But this time, 75%--or 64,000--of the Bibles will be allocated to the Havana-based Western Cuba Baptist Convention and the Santiago-based Eastern Cuba Baptist Convention, resulting in each group receiving 32,000 Bibles. With the Eastern Convention reporting 29,063 professions of faith in 2014, the missionary noted that the Bibles potentially will cover the new Christians and only a few more. The eastern churches also will endure a logistical challenge getting the books across the rough Cuban terrain to Santiago, about an 18-hour drive from Havana. Urbanek reported the Eastern Convention added 1,300 new house churches and missions in recent years. “The growth is so incredible, that’s why Bibles are so important,” he said, noting Western Cuba churches have expanded likewise. The shipment also includes Bible commentaries, study Bibles, and giant-print Bibles for the visually impaired. Florida Baptists, who have an 18-year partnership with Cuba Baptists, have participated in other shipments of Bibles to Cuba, said John Holloway, team strategist with the Convention’s Partnership Missions. He is asking for prayer to have “unhindered delivery; no problems at customs in Cuba; immediate distribution; and the salvation of many.”
Categories: Mission Network News

Of fish, hope and a future

Mission Network News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 5:00am

(Illustration Wikihow)

International (MNN) -- There's a saying that goes "give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." It's a proverb that contrasts the benefit of helping this man now versus helping him learn how take care of himself for the future. The implication is that someone taught him how to do it. Children's HopeChest CEO Ken Sparks explains, "We approach our ministry through what we call a 'community-to-community' partnership model that brings the U.S. church--a given church congregation--in partnership with a community overseas that we call a 'carepoint.'" Here's a little back-story: The ministry was founded in 1994, following the fall of the Iron Curtain. It was one of the earliest glimpses into the hardship faced by orphans in Russia. Many had serious basic needs for clothing, food, medical attention, and facilities, but more compelling was their need for love, human interaction, care, and future hope. Children’s HopeChest developed a holistic approach, which helps meet medical, physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs of orphaned children and youth. It didn't stop there. In late 2006, CHC expanded to orphaned and vulnerable children. Then, in 2007, CHC partnered with Adventures in Missions to begin working in Swaziland. By that time, the aftermath of war and famine were better known. Two years later, CHC launched ministry in Uganda and Ethiopia, where they maintain NGO status. By 2010, further opportunities opened with partners in Haiti, Moldova, India, South Africa, and Guatemala joining active partnerships in Russia, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Uganda, and the United States.

(Photo courtesy Children's HopeChest)

What does that partnership do? Through the indigenous church, it resources a local congregation so they can do the teaching.   For example, if a U.S. church congregation takes on a congregation in Uganda, "They provide child sponsorship within their own community here in the U.S. So, a given church would agree to sponsor the vulnerable children in that community. That engenders a one-to-one relationship that is developed between the sponsor and the child." Beyond individuals sponsoring children for $38/month (which helps them go to school and have regular meals), the church then agrees to take on a development plan for that sister community in Uganda. What does that look like? Sparks says, "They might agree to drill a well so that there's a clean water source for the children and the community. The church (in the U.S.) would raise the funds, and then we would execute the plan to drill that well. Then, in the following year, they might put in a latrine or a community center building." What about that one-on-one relationship? "The third element is that the church agrees to make mission trips each year over to the carepoint to develop those relationships further. It helps the local church leadership utilize the partnership model that exists to help transformation in their own pews here in the United States."

(Photo courtesy Children's HopeChest)

Obviously, it's a huge commitment. What difference does it make in the scheme of learning how to "fish?" Sparks answers, "We want to restore dignity and value to the individual children. A lot of that is accomplished by the fact that somebody here in the United States cares about them." For these kids, having an education is one way they break the cycle of poverty. Literacy sometimes makes the difference between being able to get a job and begging. There's spiritual investment, too, via the carepoint of the local church, through school. "During that afternoon session, we will utilize Christian materials for discipleship building for the children. Of course, it's tailored to the age of the children that are there. Oftentimes, we have 15-250 kids at the carepoint every day." Plus, Sparks adds, "On Saturdays, we typically run a full day program. They are there to be fed as well as go through a discipleship programing that we provide. It's a six-day a week operation, and the Gospel is clearly communicated." Community development on every front brings hope. It's because people were willing to invest long-term to teach others how to care for themselves…who, in turn, teach others…who teach others. See the difference? $38/month can make a big difference. "Share with the church leadership the opportunity for this innovative and unique model that allows for a church to rally around and make an enormous impact with the gospel message into a community over a long-term partnership model." Think about what $38, multiplied by hundreds (in a partnering church), could do. That's a lot of fish. Click here to get involved.
Categories: Mission Network News

When pro-life is more than saving a baby

Mission Network News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 5:00am
Canada (MNN) -- Sometimes ministry can get lonely and overwhelming. That's why it's important for individuals in ministry to get regular support. Tom Lothamer, president of Life Matters Worldwide, spoke to us about the need for encouragement for pregnancy center ministries.

Tom Lothamer, president of Life Matters Worldwide.
(Photo courtesy of Life Matters via Facebook).

Pregnancy Centers The pregnancy centers that Life Matters partners with offer women more than the means to keep their child to term. Their vision of pro-life goes beyond saving the life of the child. Lothamer explains, "In every one of these ministries, every day, it's a question of life and death. And it's not just about 'Oh please spare your baby and then have a good day.' "These ministries, all around the world even, are more than just encouraging them to save a life: they're talking about spiritual life. They're talking about how they can help the women and men through these difficult days." Like other ministries, pregnancy centers take care of the practical, physical needs as a way to reach people with the Gospel. Conference… or oasis? April 14-17 marks the 2015 Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services (CAPSS)  national conference (Learn more about that here). This year's theme is "Strength that Endures" based on Colossians 1:11. This conference is a meeting of various pregnancy care center ministries, mostly from Canada but from the United States as well. The conference combines a presentation of useful information as well as much-needed rest. "It's a time of networking and encouragement, and prayer and worship and learning--all these kind of things--really encouraging the centers and the directors there," Lothamer says, explaining how often ministries can get discouraged without encouragement from the outside. Sometimes when leaders of these ministries arrive, they're not sure how they can keep going simply because their job is hard, and they're not sure of the impact they've been having. The conference plays a role in straightening their slumped shoulders and refocusing them so that they're ready to get back to their work. "All these ministries are Gospel-based," says Lothamer. "One of their core values is sharing the Gospel. And so when they come in, they're given workshops on clients' services, on fundraising, on all kinds of areas. But especially they're blessed and encouraged through the worship and the prayer, and they really focus again on what's our real purpose, what's our real mission. And so they now go back: they're emboldened, they're encouraged."  Life Matters as a partner Life Matters has been at this sort of work since 1984, starting with the Alpha Women's Center in Grand Rapids, MI. They maintain many partnerships with Christian-founded centers. "We are there to help offer support in governance, in strategic planning, fundraising counsel, and just pure encouragement," says Lothamer. At these conferences, it becomes very obvious how they are all doing the same work and ministry. This is the first time Life Matters has been involved with the CAPSS conference. Lothamer expects it to be an oasis and refreshment for many ministry leaders. What does this have to do with you? Maybe you've never been touched by the work of a pregnancy resource center, and you've never considered getting involved in the work they do. Lothamer points out that the work they do is saving lives in many ways. He offers some suggestions on how to get involved. First of all, he suggests, you can research local pregnancy centers. Learn what they're about, and if you agree with their mission, consider supporting them financially or by volunteering. You can also partner with Life Matters or CAPSS in their extensive service to pregnancy centers. Click on their names to learn more. "These centers are having a phenomenal impact in their communities to give women a better choice," Lothamer says. There are also some ways you can be in prayer. First of all, there is another conference happening the first part of April with Heartbeat International in Missouri. Pray that this conference will also be a good time of encouragement for many ministries. Lothamer says there should be over 1000 people: leaders, volunteers, board members, directors, and so on. He asks that you also pray for the CAPSS conference. "Be praying there, too, that God would superintend...in the lives of the people." He adds, "Our prayer is that they will come in, be refreshed, and return to their ministries with much more intentionality, much more encouragement and enthusiasm."
Categories: Mission Network News

Pakistan shows double-standard

Mission Network News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 5:00am

(Image courtesy Forgotten Missionaries International)

[UPDATE: Please pray earnestly for our Pakistani brothers & sisters in Christ! Some people are urging their neighbors to kill anyone involved in this week's protests. Read the full update on MNN's Facebook page.] Pakistan (MNN) -- Protestors of Sunday's double church bombing in Pakistan will be tried in military court. Government authorities have reportedly decided to take legal action against demonstrators involved in the lynching of two men earlier this week. Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan calls the murders an "act of terrorism." The deplorable crime deserves punishment, Bruce Allen of Forgotten Missionaries International says. But, he also notes an obvious "double-standard" when it comes to justice in Pakistan. "It's a difficult situation for Christians," Allen observes. "They see a 'mob mentality' that will go and burn hundreds of Christian homes in a neighborhood, and no one is arrested. "Then, after a terrorist incident against two churches, when the Christians protest in the streets, they're getting arrested [and] tried in a criminal court, if they're found." Christian anger

(Photo courtesy کراچی برنامج No Real Name Given AKA دانلود سكس
via Flickr)

Following the bombing, many believers took to the streets in a mix of grief and anger, Allen says. They were mourning the loss of loved ones and were further upset by apparent government negligence. "Two days before the incident, there were [chalk] writings on walls that were supporting terrorist activity--specifically, ISIS," Allen reports. "There was just a sense of 'boiling over' [that] was going to occur here soon, and the authorities just were not prepared to deal with that; or, [they] turned a blind eye to it." Protecting Pakistani Christians FMI operates three safe houses in Pakistan for persecuted Christians. This week's Muslim-Christian tension has caused one of the safe house landlords to abruptly cancel FMI's lease. "He didn't want to have a Christian as a tenant. He just didn't want to deal with that kind of risk," shares Allen. Allen and FMI leadership in Pakistan are scrambling to find an alternative for Christians living in the now-terminated safe house. Pray that the Lord will provide an opportunity quickly. Help FMI maintain their safe house ministry here.

An elder of a Pakistani village church. It is estimated that only about 2% of the nation's population claim to be Christian.
(Photo, caption courtesy FMI)

"There's a lot of consumables every month: from groceries to medical supplies, training materials, all sorts of things that just go into making up a household," Allen shares. Furthermore, FMI has received an abundance of new church planters and evangelists, freshly-trained and ready to enter the mission field: they just need financial support. "As much as terrorism is increasing, so is the level of people stepping up to the plate," says Allen. "[These are] people who've been trained at very good evangelical seminaries that operate inside Pakistan. They've graduated, and they're saying, 'We'll be church planters. We'll be the next generation of evangelists and disciplers.' "We would love to come alongside and propel them into ministry, have them fan across the nation; but that takes $100 a month for each supported church planter." You can help by sponsoring a Gospel worker here.
Categories: Mission Network News

The Japanese Church: change is the key

Mission Network News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 5:00am
Japan (MNN) -- Change is hard, but without change, it's easy to get stuck. We spoke to Gary Bauman of Asian Access about changes taking place in the evangelical Japanese Church. Leadership from within

Photo courtesy By そらみみ (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. (http://goo.gl/msD7iD)

Traditionally, leadership in the church has come from within. While this has been effective, it's become more difficult to motivate members in the church to become leaders. Bauman says, "In Japan, the Church is so small that there just aren't very many people to come up into leadership." The existing leaders are older, many of them having started in ministry after WWII. The younger generation of men is more concerned about their careers in the business world. Pastors and leaders are saying there is a different future for how leadership is raised for the Church--one that will help the Church ultimately grow. When Bauman met with the general director of the Japan Evangelical Association, the director said, "The leaders of the Church community in Japan need to come outside of the Church community." When Bauman asked him what he meant, the general director explained that leaders coming from the outside not only provide more possibilities, but they would also have the potential to bring the outside community in to the Church. Japan is seeing some interesting trends outside of the Church that go against centuries of tradition, says Bauman. "Japan has built right into the culture the whole sense of apprenticeship, and historically in the working world there would be an understudy." While this still takes place within the church, many younger leaders are taking charge in the workplace, in relief efforts, and the like. Dangers of the Christian subculture If new leaders are not found for the existing churches in Japan, growth could halt. There is also a disconnect between the Church and the world around them. While it's true Christians are called to be set apart from the world, they are also called to go and make disciples and share the Good News of Jesus. They can't effectively do that if they are not involved in their community. Bauman puts it this way: "We need the new leaders coming in from outside because there is very definitely a Christian subculture in Japan. In many cases, it can be disjointed from what's happening in the general Japanese world." This disconnect has forced a sort of paradigm shift when it comes to the way new leaders are found. Many churches are realizing the benefits of getting involved in community events. Bauman says there are some dangers of getting in a strong groove within the church. "As a Christian community, we become comfortable with each other, and we start losing connections to people that we knew and enjoyed and had a lot of good times with before we became a Christian." If people could stay more connected in an effort to share the new life they've found, it could in effect bring many more people to Christ. After all, as Bauman reminds us, often new Christians are the most effective evangelists. Background on A2 training in Japan For the first year of their pastoral ministry, pastors meet up with a network of pastors every three months for a few days to discuss relevant topics and ways to implement useful knowledge. These meetings are a seminar-workshop combination. Throughout every area of their ministry, Asian Access is very careful about one thing. Bauman says, "The key thing is that we aren't coming in as an outside organization telling the Japanese churches and pastors what to do." He says the motto of Asian Access today is that of the ministry's founder almost 50 years ago: "My vision is to help you fulfill your vision." In other words, "In partnership, we serve together," Bauman says. Asian Access therefore becomes a catalyst, not an organization asking churches to be modeled in western styles. Bauman says the greatest challenge for them in Japan is learning patience. When new ideas are brought up, there is usually a long period of discussion and re-discussion. He says this can be frustrating for a westerner accustomed to fast-paced decision making. How should we pray? "The main way to pray is that there would really be a movement of God to impress upon any younger people within the church the need to do Kingdom work-- to be involved in full-time ministry, so to speak, and to really commit themselves to that."
Categories: Mission Network News

Netanyahu party wins re-election

Mission Network News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 5:00am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Twitter)

Israel (MNN) -- Benjamin Netanyahu has been re-elected prime minister of Israel as his Likud Party won the majority of the seats in the Knesset, Israel's parliament. Many thought exit polls had the race at a dead heat, but that wasn't accurate. The future is bright for talking about Jesus in Israel--not because the prime minister's party won re-election, but because of the issue that's probably responsible for his re-election. Middle East expert with E3 Partners Tom Doyle says Netanyahu won because of one issue: security. "The issues with ISIS, Iran, and its nuclear capability around the corner: it just shows that that is the #1 issue that's on the minds of people in the Middle East and here." Peace doesn't look like it's coming any time soon. According to Doyle, "The real stormy issue here is that Netanyahu is saying, 'We will not have a two-state solution unless the Palestinians recognize us and unless it can be built on peace."

Tom Doyle, author of the book "Killing Christians." Get your copy at our Web site. ( Facebook photo)

This is opposite of what the Obama administration is advocating. It's just another reason for the stormy relationship between Obama and Netanyahu. Doyle says, "When there's no peace talks coming, then there's going to be terrorist attacks." Because of that uncertainty, the Gospel is key. "30% of all people who live in Israel suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The possibility of suicide bombings, war with Iran, instability, desperation, and hopelessness can be an open door." Doyle adds, "People are questioning, they're looking for hope. And the hope that Jesus can bring is just a game changer. These are the times where there's such a great harvest [of souls] because people are open." Doyle says the hope Christ brings is what changes hearts. E3 is looking for people to pray and share that hope. Sign up to join e3's 8-thirty-8 prayer effort, or their next trip to Israel.
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Diamonds by Hawk Nelson

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 5:00am
What does a real relationship between real-world people and a real-world God look like? This is what Hawk Nelson explores in their seventh studio album: Diamonds. "Diamonds talks about how God can use pressure, struggle, trials and stress in our life and make it into something stronger and more beautiful," lead singer Jon Steingard said. "Just in the same way that diamonds are made. It's a big comfort to me when I'm in those times to remember that hardships have a purpose and aren't without meaning. A diamond is strong. It reflects light. It doesn't have any light of its own, but[...]
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Science Fiction by Jonathan Thulin

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 5:00am
With a new album Science Fiction, which comes out March 17th, JT really pushes the envelope on his creative passions mixing hip hop, pop, adult contemporary and many other genres into an amazingly epic mixture of music. "This album was different for me. I didn't strategically write songs as I usually would, I just wrote what I felt in complete honesty. My hope is that this music will transcend beyond people's ears and into their hearts. God is a big part of who I am and all I want is for that to shine through my music." Jonathan says of his new[...]
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The Remixes by Britt Nicole

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 5:00am
Following the blowout success of her latest album, Gold including the TOP 40 radio single of the same title, comes Britt Nicole's first ever full-length remix album. With over 1 million career tracks sold, Britt delivers some of these same songs delivered in a new way including "Gold," "Ready or Not," "Lost Get Found," and more! Get ready to start your day from dance-filled beats to impressive new arrangements of Britt Nicole's biggest hits.[...]
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Even So Come by Passion Worship Band

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 5:00am
Featuring some of this generation's most acclaimed worship leaders Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and Brett Younker the new Passion album was recorded in front of over 30,000 college students at three separate Passion gatherings in Atlanta and Houston.[...]
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Who You Say I Am by Among The Thirsty

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 5:00am
Who You Say I Am was recorded in Atlanta with Daniel's longtime friend, acclaimed producer Scotty Wilbanks (Third Day, 7eventh Time Down). Wilbanks had his eye on Among the Thirsty since they were teens, playing shows before they were even out of high school, so working with him at the helm felt like a natural partnership. "The recording process was a lot of fun. It's basically like summer camp because you're living in the studio," Daniel shares. The pop-centric album oscillates between the fun and the painfully honest, anchored by strong piano melodies and authentic, exposed lyrics.[...]
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Saints and Sinners by Matt Maher

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 5:00am
Saints and Sinners, the newest release from award-winning artist Matt Maher, is a collection of songs aimed at the heart of the church. Derived from the Oscar Wilde quote, "Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future," Maher expertly explores themes of inclusion, unity and grace. Includes the hit song "Because He Lives (Amen)."[...]
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