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Corporate Freedom Climb 2015

Mission Network News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Operation Mobilization)

Tanzania (MNN) -- We've talked about Freedom Climbs before with Operation Mobilization. They are mountain climbing events that symbolize the struggle women and children face in other countries each day. Not only that, but the climb raises money to help oppressed and enslaved women and children. Operation Mobilization is putting a little twist on the event this year, however. They're getting ready for the Corporate Freedom Climb 2015. Tina Yeager fills us in: "The Corporate Climb was created in order to get more organizations (churches and businesses) to rally with Operation Mobilization against these issues." The climb offers a way for these people to come together and raise funds and awareness in their organizations and communities regarding human exploitation such as human trafficking. Yeager says, "We actually go to Mount Kilimanjaro. February 26 we start the actual climb, and it's a seven day trek. And we have about 20 participants that will be trekking up the mountain with us." For the first time with a United States initiated Freedom Climb, men are invited to come along and help raise awareness. Each sponsor has the goal to raise $50,000 toward projects around the world. "We have 55 projects as a whole around the world that are addressing prevention, rescue, rehabilitation, and development," Yeager says. "OM really believes in a model looking at the whole need, from development issues to how do you share the Gospel with the family if they're not even able to provide food for their children?" Situations like this put children at a higher risk of being trafficked. One church has already raised funds to open a second rescue home for girls in India to help them leave a life of sex slavery. To find out more about the Corporate Freedom climb and how you can get involved, click here.
Categories: Mission Network News

Sierra Leone lifts Ebola quarantine mandates

Mission Network News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Crossroad Bible Institute)

Sierra Leone (CBI) -- Although the Ebola crisis has faded from news headlines, Crossroad Bible Institute campuses in West Africa continue to reel in the wake of the devastating epidemic. The numbers alone are staggering: so far, over 8,000 people have died in West Africa, with 3,083 of those deaths occurring in Sierra Leone. These statistics hit close to home when CBI recently received an update from CBI Sierra Leone’s campus director Lahai Kargbo. “Since the outbreak of the Ebola virus, life and situations have been really difficult on us here,” Kargbo said. “I am thankful that the Lord has kept me up until this day to serve Him in whatever opportunities He has for me.” Moreover, Kargbo reported that the crisis has left his country at a standstill: the government has temporarily shut down public services, businesses, and Internet cafés, which complicates everyday tasks like visiting family or accessing e-mail. However, Ebola’s tragic impact has been far more irrevocable. With great sadness, Kargbo reported that four CBI Instructors have died of Ebola since the outbreak, as have three members of Kargbo’s family. This heavy news comes on the heels of an update from CBI Liberia’s acting director Jacob Vambo, who likewise noted Ebola’s dire effects at both the national level and the local level of CBI’s prison ministry. “As members of the body of Christ, our hearts lament over the hardships and the deaths of loved ones that CBI Sierra Leone has experienced,” said CBI’s international coordinator Jacob Busscher. “Even though updates on the Ebola crisis may not be on the front page of our newspapers, the CBI family around the world cannot forget to pray for Kargbo, Vambo, and all of the West African students and instructors still immersed in this crisis.” As you pray, explore ways you can help Crossroad Bible Institute from your own home. Click here.  
Categories: Mission Network News

Teamwork leads to Gospel opportunities

Mission Network News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy 드림포유
via Flickr)

Peru (MNN) -- Teamwork is the name of the game when it comes to spreading God's Word. Faith Comes by Hearing (FCBH) knows this firsthand. FCBH is dedicated to getting Scripture to everyone, everywhere, in a form they can best understand. They know teamwork and partnership are vital for achieving this goal. "By working together, we can overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of people receiving the Scriptures in a form they can understand," explains FCBH Americas Director, Gil Moreno. Case-in-point: Peru. A three-strand cord In Ecclesiastes 4:12, King Solomon writes, "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." In August, three groups came together to help a people group in need. On the evening of August 24, 2014, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck southern Peru. "People's homes were destroyed; there were 8 fatalities, many injuries," Moreno recalls. One of FCBH's indigenous partner organizations, Bible Society of Peru, sprang into action. They contacted ATEK, another indigenous group committed to the Great Commission. ATEK works among one of the Quechua-speaking communities that was heavily-affected by the August earthquake.

A quechua woman, wearing a tall, brimmed hat and carrying woven belts on her back in a colorful, cloth sling, walks the streets of Cusco, Perú, selling the hand-crafted belts to tourists.
(Photo, caption courtesy of Nathan Gibbs
via Flickr) cc2.0

"Atek was able to respond to the Bible Society and give them specifics about what was going on," explains Moreno. "The Bible Society gathered their friends and partners together and were able to mobilize food and clothing, medical assistance, and psychological help for those experiencing loss." In turn, the Bible Society of Peru contacted FCBH. Audio Scriptures were needed in the Quechua language, as many of them were illiterate. Quechua is in the same language family as Cusco, the mother tongue of over 1 million people. "Because we already had this partnership in place, we were able to respond quickly and ship the units so they could arrive in time with the other supplies," Moreno says. FCBH sent 20 Proclaimers with God's Word in Cusco to the communities being helped by the Bible Society and ATEK. As a result, hundreds of people were able to hear in their heart language about the God who created and loves them. "These Cusco speakers, particularly in this area, had never had access to the audio Scriptures before. So, this was new to them and they were very grateful," shares Moreno. It's still unknown whether anyone is following Christ as a result of hearing God's Word through the Proclaimers. Pray for the Holy Spirit to keep softening hearts. Pray for understanding of God's Truth. FCBH works in Peru with 12 other ministries in over 30 languages. But Peru isn't the only place where teamwork results in Gospel opportunities. Taking God's Word global

FCBH wants to reach every person with the Gospel.
(Photo courtesy of FCBH)

On the world stage, FCBH partners with groups in more than 200 countries to make Scripture accessible. If you're passionate about making God's Word easy to get and easy to understand, click here to team up with FCBH. "The poor are everywhere, and people need the Scriptures in their heart language."
Categories: Mission Network News

Prayer: A Conditioned Reflex

Christian Post - Living - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 10:48am
Have you ever been gripped by fear? You know the feeling. Your blood goes cold. You get a shiver down your spine. Your stomach sinks. Your hair stands on end (in my case—that is singular, not plural). All of these are emotions associated with fear.
Categories: Christian Post

Popular Christian Rapper Talks Race, the Church, and Why It Could've Been Him

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 9:38am
It is an "irresponsible argument" for critics of the claim that police officers are biased in their targeting of and interactions with black men to point to so-called black-on-black crime, according to Christian rapper, pastor, author, and thought leader Trip Lee. That only deflects from the real issue, he said in a recent interview in which he comments on race, the church, and how he identifies with Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Categories: Christian Post

Columbia County Fire leaves family homeless

WGRC News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:22pm

A fire in Columbia County has left a family homeless. The fire broke out around 5am yesterday at the home on Mountain Road in North Centre Township. Firefighters had a tough time getting to the home due to icy roads, and when they arrived they found flames shooting through the roof. The family made it out without injury. It’s believed the fire started in an attached garage in the rear of the more than 100 year old home and quickly spread. The home is a total loss. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Categories: Local News

March For Life

WGRC News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:22pm

Up to a half a million people from across the United States and abroad gathered at National Mall in Washington DC yesterday for the annual March for Life.
The walk has become the largest ongoing civil rights march in American history. The March for Life began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since 1973 is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, abortion.

Categories: Local News

Jesus Revealed by Jason Nelson

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:00am
Worship leader, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and soulful contemporary singer/songwriter Jason Nelson burst onto the scene in 2005 with his independent albums, I Shall Live, Brand New Day, and Place of Worship in 2008. As his ongoing ascent to the forefront of Gospel music continued, Jason penned the title track "Thirsty" for Marvin Sapp's #1 album release of the same name. In 2012 Jason signed with Verity/RCA Inspiration and released Shifting The Atmosphere, which debuted at #3 on the Gospel Album chart and featured two Top 5 Gospel Radio hits, the title track Shifting The Atmosphere and Nothing Without You. His major[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

North Point Music: Beginnings by North Point Music

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:00am
North Point Music continues its tradition of creating accessible, innovative worship music with the label's latest project, North Point Music: Beginnings. The double disc, available Jan. 20, 2015, showcases the best worship offerings from popular North Point Music albums and artists. Produced by two-time GRAMMY Award-winning producer Nathan Nockels (Matt Redman, Laura Story, Passion) and Steve Fee, Beginnings comprises 21 total tracks. The compilation is North Point Music's first, designed to bring together fan favorites from both past and present. Disc one, titled "Then," highlights music from previous North Point Music live releases, including North Point Live, North Point Live: Awake,[...]
Categories: Christian Music News