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Keys for Kids Radio launches

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:00am

Photo courtesy of Keys for Kids

USA (MNN) -- 25 years ago in a small closet studio in the back of Cornerstone University's radio station, His Kids Radio (then known as the Children's Sonshine Network) went on the air on October 23, 1989. It was a momentous day and just the beginning of many years of 24-hour broadcast ministry to kids and families. The kids' network aired classic programs like Children's Bible Hour and Ranger Bill, and played songs from the Music Machine and Psalty the Singing Songbook. Through the years, His Kids Radio has grown with the latest technology, shifting from SCA broadcast and satellite delivery nationwide to digital and internet-based listening. What better way, then, to celebrate 25 years than to mark a new beginning with a new name? His Kids Radio is now Keys for Kids Radio. Though the name is changing, the mission stays the same: to point children to Jesus through songs and radio drama. Many favorite programs will still be heard on Keys for Kids Radio, including Paws and Tails, Wee Kids, Karen and Kids, and Kid’s Corner. Kids for Keys Executive Director Terre Ritchie says, “They [Cornerstone Radio] have offered us the opportunity to take it over, and as a focused children’s ministry, we are more than excited.” Keys for Kids Ministries is an international Christian ministry based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, producing and distributing excellent media resources to evangelize and disciple kids and their families. Ritchie asks for prayer as there will be a lot of work shared among only a few people. Also pray that Keys for Kids will help more children and families grow in Christ. If you’d like to donate, click here.
Categories: Mission Network News

ISIS attacks create hunger for Scripture

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:00am

(Map credit YourMiddleEast.com)

Iraq (CAM) -- In Iraq’s northern areas, where Islamic State (ISIS) militants have extended their brutal campaign to establish a caliphate, coveted copies of the Bible are playing a key role in the lives of displaced people from a myriad of religious backgrounds. Supply is limited (some Bibles are available locally while others need to be shipped in), but the demand appears to be endless, especially among refugees and internally displaced people. “Every time we try to open a box or container to distribute Bibles, we get ‘attacked’ by people in their eagerness to get a copy,” the director of a locally-based ministry said. “We have never had a problem giving them away.” Nominal members of historic churches are seeking the Bible, as are Yazidis and Sunni and Shia Muslims. Yazidis practice a blend of Christian, Islamic, and Zoroastrian rituals. “The religious nature of the region makes faith matters of great interest and an important part of their lives, and the search for the truth has become one of the priorities of the Muslims,” he said, adding that ISIS militants’ religiously motivated murders of civilians have provided a golden opportunity to present the “loving and peaceful Christ.” The native ministry, which Christian Aid Mission assists, provides Bibles along with material aid such as food and blankets. While meeting their immediate needs is crucial, the knowledge of God found in the Bible provides refugees a more enduring benefit, said Christian Aid Mission’s Middle East director.

People of all religious backgrounds
and ages are eager to receive Bibles
in Kurdistan.
(Image, caption courtesy Christian Aid)

“Muslims come with a worldview that is full of fear, and the message of a God who gives Himself for you and cares for you as a child of God is new to them,” he said. “It gives them great hope, and as people who have lost everything, this hope is a thousand times more meaningful to them.” “The Bible is the preacher who can reach people, stay with them at home, and talk to them every day about Jesus, which is something we cannot always do due to lack of preachers,” he said. “We don't have so many in the area, and the nature of the ministry among thousands makes the Bible the #1 tool for salvation of people.” While acknowledging that ISIS atrocities, such as religiously motivated beheadings of non-Muslims, were committed in the early years of Islam, the Muslim refugees do not regard the militants as true Muslims. “All the displaced Muslims say ISIS is a criminal gang and that they are not true Muslims,” he said. “Some feel ashamed of such actions, especially as it occurred at the dawn of Islam and its expansion, while others are trying by all means to deny it is part of the Islamic religion and dismiss it as part of a plot by Zionists against Arabs.” Most Muslims who are committing their lives to Jesus Christ were already disillusioned with Islam, he said. “For this reason hundreds find their way to Christ today, in secret or in public.” Besides Muslims and people of minority religions such as Yazidis, displaced persons belonging to historical churches that discourage them from reading the Bible are also showing up to claim copies. The director said nominal members of the Syriac Orthodox, Catholic, and other churches have responded to the evangelical witness by putting their trust in Jesus Christ for eternal life. “They are becoming born again, attending churches, being discipled, and trying to adjust to the new way of learning and reading the Bible,” said the director, adding that the ministry strives to work with historical churches by building ties of friendship.

Displaced people and refugees who
become Christians meet wherever they can.
(Image, caption courtesy Christian Aid)

The new Christians from varied backgrounds are mixing together as a new people in Christ, though living as displaced peoples means that some remain in isolated pockets. “According to their geographical locations, many would prefer to come to the local churches and the house churches if they could. But because of the difficulty of travel and making a living and the challenges of life--which predominantly are like those of homelessness, some remain in their places until the brothers reach out to them,” he said. Because of restrictions by countries in the Middle East to print and distribute Bibles, there is a continual need to purchase Bibles, he added. Whole Bibles in Arabic, Aramaic, and Kurdish languages are sought, as well as children’s versions of the same. Also needed are New Testaments in Kurdish, Sorani, and Bahdinani languages. The ministry also distributes Christian literature as well as illustrated Bible stories for all ages, designed for Muslims who know nothing about Jesus. The books of illustrated Bible stories and the children's Bible cost $5 each. A whole Bible costs $4, with hardcover copies going for $5 to $8. New Testaments printed locally cost $2. “For the hundreds of thousands of refugees in the tents in the fields everywhere, in the mountains and the Kurdistan area, it’s the right time for us to give Bibles.” the Iraqi ministry director said. “I strongly believe God’s hand is in this situation, and God brought all these people to us and wants us to act as fast as we can.” If you'd like to help provide Bibles, click here.
Categories: Mission Network News

ISIS education reform may stop Syrian refugees from returning home

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:00am

Current military situation as of October 20, 2014. The gray-shaded area signifies Islamic State territory.
(Map obtained via Wikpedia)

Middle East (MNN) -- When the school year began last month in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), extremists had adjusted the curriculum. We spoke with Vice President of Operations for Kids Alive International, Jed Hamoud, in Lebanon at their children's home. He explains, "Basically, arts are taken out of school; music is taken out of school; a certain degree of sports are taken out of the schooling system." It didn't stop there. "If you're going to higher education, topics like psychology, psychiatry, or counseling are being removed from the curriculum as well." Hamoud says they're already preparing for one possible outcome. "It's going to increase the duration of our involvement with ][refugees]. The duration of the services that we provide to them is going to increase." Why? Even if the political situation were to change tomorrow, refugees might choose to stay in Lebanon. Hamoud says parents are asking themselves this question: "'Do we want to take our children back to enroll in a curriculum that's a very highly Islamic-centered curriculum?'" Some refugees in Lebanon have enrolled in Lebanese schools and have been following the Lebanese curriculum, which, to a large degree, is modeled around French and English systems. However, others can't get into the schools because their kids have fallen behind due to the disruption of the civil war in Syria prior to the ISIS advance.

(Image courtesy Kid's Alive)

This is where Kids Alive is adjusting their outreach. "What we're doing initially is providing them with a literacy program, helping them to catch up. Many of those children have not been in school for a year or two or three years, in terms of their academic standard; [we're trying] to streamline them into the Lebanese system." Once they're up to speed, "We do have our current Lebanese curriculum that we teach in our school. We have a 35 [student] school setup here in Lebanon at Kids Alive: a registered school with the government that takes the kids up to sixth grade." That's just one aspect of what they're seeing in refugee kids. Hamoud adds, "The kids we're taking in: emotionally, physically, spiritually, psychologically, they're very tender because a lot of them have gone through experiences that no child should go through." Uncertainty keeps a lot of kids isolated, because "many of them are going to come to us wondering, 'Is this going to be the last stop, or just a stop along the way?' The prayer of many people could be that this may be their last stop."

(Photo courtesy Kids Alive International)

As refugees face the possibility of resettling long-term, Hamoud says the new "normal" won't change their mission. "We are Bible-centered, Scripture-centered. The Scripture is the core of everything we do here at Kids Alive in Lebanon." Pray that the ministry of Kids Alive makes a lasting difference in the lives of refugee children and their families. "They see the love of Christ here, they see that we are Christ-centered so that they desire the life that we demonstrate here, and they would want it for themselves as well."
Categories: Mission Network News

Unique image bearers of God

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:00am
USA (MNN) -- There's a reason we don't all have the same life experiences. It's through our experiences, good and bad, that we learn life lessons. Can you imagine having to learn all life lessons by yourself? That would probably be pretty painful, and even more confusing than life already is. The Body of Christ is an excellent example of how life lessons can be shared. For David and Sally Gallagher, a big life lesson was learning how precious individuals with physical or mental challenges are, and how they are unique image bearers of God.

(Image by The King's Table Ministries)

Sally's sister was born with developmental disabilities when Sally was three. As the two sisters got older, Sally developed a special bond with her sister. David Gallagher's oldest daughter, Katie, was born with Down syndrome. Sally Gallagher, executive director of The King's Table Ministries says, "My husband and I both, I believe, were sculpted by God over the years to love this people group and become an advocate for them." This advocacy is now a well-extended ministry. Gallagher explains, "We help churches to develop programming in their church for special needs children and adults so that when they're young ,then the parents have the ability to still be able to worship together and join a Sunday school class because now there's a place for their child to be able to learn about God also." Gallagher says a lot of times churches hesitate to institute these types of programs on their own. Why? She says, "I think sometimes churches feel like they're not adequately equipped as far as their staff, their volunteers." Other times, churches may feel they wouldn't be able to afford this kind of programming. "You need a few people who have a heart for it, and a few dollars, and that's about it," Gallagher explains. The King's Table Ministries exists to help equip churches and to let them know it is possible to carry these programs. This ministry doesn't stop in the church, however. King's Table Ministries also works within the local public school system and adult foster care homes. This is done through volunteers from the churches. For residents of adult foster care homes, Gallagher says, "They have a real need for having people to not only love them but just to be a part of their life, to be an advocate to them, and to be Jesus to them." And while public schools usually have a budget set aside to address the different needs for students with physical or mental disabilities, money is tight. The King's Table Ministries helps not only financially, but "when we come in, we bring the nuances that add special touches such as the staff/teacher luncheon that we do once a year, [and] the landscaping. We also do a carnival picnic for a welcome back to school for the families and the children," says Gallagher. The school can help connect families with the resources The King's Table Ministries has. Sometimes they provide a wheelchair or a shower chair, for instance. Families who have a hard time with insurance covering these supplies find it helpful to connect with The King's Table Ministries. The name "King's Table" comes from 2 Samuel 9, where King David invites Jonathan's son to eat with him at his table. As with any advocacy effort, The King's Table Ministries runs into some challenges with their audience. Gallagher says that "the most difficult thing to explain to them is the need for families and for children, and the fact that they're a special image of Christ." To learn more about The King's Table Ministries and how you can help, click here. Gallagher says this is how you can pray: "Pray for protection from the evil one. When you're moving a ministry like this, when you're looking at a special image of Christ in their uniqueness, the spiritual attacks can be really heavy because he doesn't want that to be able to move."
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Christians in Iraq have no place to call home

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:00am

(Photo credit Open Doors)

Iraq (MNN) -- As ISIS digs in their heels and grows their radical Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, hope grows evermore dim for religious minorities in the region. Al-Monitor reports 90% of Orthodox Christians in Iraq are displaced. Only 30 families out of 600 remain in Baghdad, and there are less than 10 families left in Mosul. "The return of those who have been displaced back to their homes is linked to the political and security situation. We cannot urge anyone to go back now, in light of this ongoing war in different regions in Iraq," Greek Orthodox Bishop Ghattas Hazim told Al-Monitor. "We are a main element in this region's culture; Christians and Muslims from all confessions are threatened." Christians in Iraq: a brief history Being forced to flee their homes is nothing new for Christians in Iraq. Emily Fuentes of Open Doors USA says over 75% of Christians have left the country since 2003.

(Photo credit Open Doors)

"That's the ones who've actually had to leave the country, not just the ones who've been displaced," she clarifies. "It's increasing more and more as ISIS continues to target Christians. "We've actually been working in Iraq for more than 20 years, as persecution has been increasing, and it's increased the most in the past 10 years." It's not just Christians in Iraq facing trouble from ISIS; all religious minorities, including moderate Muslims, are at-risk. As Fuentes points out, Islamic State militants are "putting down roots" in Iraq. "That affects everyone," she explains. "It turns countries that once [had] religions living side-by-side peacefully… [and takes] that away, and it changes the face of Iraq." How to help Christians in Iraq While statistics can be overwhelming, there are ways you can help Christians in Iraq, whether they're taking refuge in Iraq's Kurdistan region or in a neighboring nation. Open Doors works with indigenous Christian leaders to provide for every need of persecuted Christians in Iraq, Syria, and surrounding countries affected by ISIS. By providing refugee care, Bibles, Christian training, trauma counseling and other resources, we aim to meet all of the refugees' needs "There's one pastor in particular who's made it his mission to create a church [that's] not labeled as a 'refugee center,' but more of a 'safe area,'" Fuentes shares. The pastor had pools and games for refugee kids during the summer season to help take their mind off of the ISIS crisis. He made it a point to share the love of Christ with kids and their families, no matter what background they came from. As believers respond to the ISIS crisis with the love of Jesus, other religious minorities take note. Suddenly, a new interest in the Gospel develops. "Not only were there doors opened [for the Gospel], but they were caring for all [the children's] needs: physical, emotional, and spiritual needs," says Fuentes. "It's been a great way to reach people with God's love in this region, in spite of all the atrocities going on."

Info graphic created in July 2014 (Courtesy Open Doors)

Stories like these aren't being shared just to keep you informed -- there are ways you can help Christians in Iraq. Fuentes says the first thing those of us in the West should do is pray. "Many of them are just absolutely surprised to know that…they're not alone, that the Body of Christ is surrounding them in prayer," Fuentes shares. "From a practical standpoint, you can give to help not only Christians in Iraq, but in surrounding countries, too." See how you can help Christians in Iraq through Open Doors.
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The Holy Spirit Empowers

Christian Post - Living - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:58am
Our heavenly Father has called us to live a supernatural life—one that is contrary to the world's thinking. In our own strength, it is very difficult to say no to ungodliness, because our flesh yearns to say yes. To live the Lord's way takes His divine power. In order to draw on His strength, believers need to develop attitudes of humility, trust, and perseverance.
Categories: Christian Post

Mars Hill Pastor Dave Bruskas Defines 'New Values' for 'Broken, Repentant' Church; Acknowledges 'Unhealthy Culture'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:43am
Mars Hill interim preaching pastor Dave Bruskas, who may take over as lead pastor, has promised localized governance, financial clarity and cultural change in the Seattle-based megachurch, whose founder and former head pastor, Mark Driscoll, resigned last week due to his admitted "divisive" leadership style.
Categories: Christian Post

Southern Baptist Convention to 'Disfellowshipped' Church Pastor: Denomination's Failings Regarding Divorce Are Not an Opportunity for Gay Marriage

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 11:02am
The Southern Baptist Convention's official news service turned to the writings of the denomination's lead ethicist Thursday to criticize an op-ed asking that the blind eye the church has long given divorced and remarried Christians be given LGBT couples as an apple to oranges argument.
Categories: Christian Post

When God Overrules

Christian Post - Living - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 9:38am
I'm so glad that God will overrule my prayers at times, because I have prayed for things fervently, believing they were the will of God, and they were flat-out wrong. I am so thankful that God said no to those prayers.
Categories: Christian Post

Pastor Bobbie Houston Explains Why Hillsong Church Does Not 'Sideline the Girls'

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 9:08am
Hillsong Church co-founder Bobbie Houston recently explained why she believes "the church needs to come of age sometimes and just grow up" when it comes to fully embracing women in various roles in Christian ministry.
Categories: Christian Post

Tim Keller to Christian Leaders at Movement Day: Call Out City's Sin Without Boasting, Help Bring Peace

Christian Post - Church & Ministry - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 2:33pm
Pastors and Christian leaders should be unashamed to call out a city for its sin while at the same time working towards peace, said Tim Keller, the lead pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, at the Christian leadership conference called Movement Day.
Categories: Christian Post

Couple gets jail time for animal abuse

WGRC News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 1:42pm

90 days in jail is the punishment for a Northumberland County couple found guilty of animal abuse.
John Loar and Chasity Shutt were charged with animal cruelty in March after one horse was found dead and others were malnourished in Jordan Township. The couple waere each fined $750 and were ordered
to pay $3,400 restitution to the SPCA.

Categories: Local News

NYC Doctor diagnosed with Ebola

WGRC News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 1:41pm

A 33 year old doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus. Doctor Craig Allen Spencer, a Harlem resident who worked with Doctors Without Borders, tested positive at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, where he is being treated. The doctor had a 103 degree fever and gastrointestinal symptoms when he was taken to Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital yesterday.

Categories: Local News

ISIS imposes new education rules on Iraq, Syria

Mission Network News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Flickr/CC/Quapan)

Middle East (MNN) -- There's a cultural revolution going on. Words like that bring to mind Iran, Russia, and China…but it's underway right now in territories controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Todd Nettleton, a spokesman for the Voice of the Martyrs USA, explains, "They want to be a state. They want to be a nation. They established a court system there, government structure. They established a way to hand out food to the needy, and now they're establishing an education system." Last month, ISIS declared the start of the academic school year under new rules and a new curriculum. They abolished classes about history, literature, music, and Christianity. The new rules also declared patriotic songs blasphemous and ordered certain pictures torn out of textbooks. Nettleton says that the indoctrination "is really the next step in the Islamic State setting up the structure and the culture--a permanent society that they want to exist in the areas that they control." What this means is a permanent shift. The Islamic State is trying to change the face of Iraq and Syria for good. However, the "Islamic State Education Diwan" stipulates that pictures that violate its ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam must be ripped out of books. Anthems and lyrics that encourage love of country are now viewed as a show of "polytheism and blasphemy" and are strictly banned. Scientific research has stopped because of funding disruption due to the war, too.

(Photo courtesy Flickr/CC/Quapan)

Sounds a lot like what happened during the uprisings that changed the face of France, Russia, China, and Iran--and not for the better. Nettleton agrees. "These movements typically don't move a country forward. We've already seen Christians being kicked out of the areas that Islamic State controls. We've seen backwards movement on religious freedom, on freedom of expression. I think we'll see that in this educational reform, as well." Although ISIS is called a terrorist group, the path they've carved out for themselves looks like one that's meant to be generational. It also means Christians who've been displaced are probably not going to be able to return home. That's not to say the light of Christ has gone dark. It's more that it's in a dark lantern--very much alive, but concealed so it can be revealed later. "There are Christians in the area, there are Muslim converts who are there. They're lying very low, at this point in time, trying to stay out of sight and keep their faith very secretive." For them, says Nettleton, it's a matter of life or death. "If they are exposed as a Muslim convert, they would be executed." Gospel work has been disrupted with the exodus of believers from the region. VOM comes alongside the refugees. "We are in contact with people who have been displaced from the areas of the Islamic State. We are providing aid and help to them. The challenge is trying to provide help and encouragement back to Christians in the areas that the Islamic State controls." What's happening is changing the face of the nations. It's spiritual warfare that requires as many soldiers to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and resist. "The other thing that I would encourage people to pray for is for the Lord to move supernaturally in these areas where all the Christians have been kicked out, where any Christians who are there are keeping a very low, underground profile. God is moving in the Muslim world through supernatural means, through dreams, through visions."
Categories: Mission Network News

Disaster recovery updates

Mission Network News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:00am

Severe Tropical Cyclone Phailin lurking just off the northeast coast of India at peak intensity.
(Image courtesy NOAA, caption courtesy TheSurvivialPlaceBlog.com)

India (GFA/MNN) -- Last October, India's eastern coast experienced the worst cyclone it had seen in 14 years: Cyclone Phailin. The storm damaged or destroyed 800,000 homes, and many people lost every earthly possession they owned. Recovery efforts, initiated and carried out by believers in the affected areas, are putting Christ's love into action. Phailin Recovery Right after Phailin struck, Gospel for Asia (GFA) teams responded with the compassion of Christ and cared for survivors' basic needs. Ministry leaders also initiated a reconstruction program. As they monitor progress in each affected area, local pastors and other ministry leaders pray over the houses as they're being built.

“Now I understand the deep love of Jesus for me and my family,” said one house recipient.
(Photo, caption courtesy GFA)

So far, GFA teams have rebuilt 141 homes for Phailin survivors, with plans to rebuild at least 1,000 homes over the next three years. In addition, GFA-supported nationals are providing education for affected children through the Bridge of Hope program. "Jibu" and his family lost their house and all their belongings when Cyclone Phailin swept through Odisha. After receiving a home as part of GFA’s Phailin Housing Project, he said in tears, “We are a very poor family. No one was there to help us when we lost everything during Phailin. Even our own relatives did not help us. But I am so happy that GFA helped me. I am so grateful to the church.” Click here to help GFA reach their goal of 300 rebuilt homes by December 31. At the same time, GFA Compassion Services teams are bringing help to families who were affected by the most recent storm, Cyclone Hudhud. Hudhud Recovery

All the food packets were prayed over before being given to those in need.
(Photo, caption courtesy GFA)

On Sunday, believers and GFA pastors packed up a truck with food packets for 400 families living in three areas hit hardest by Cyclone Hudhud. Each food packet contained 22 pounds of rice, 2 pounds of dal, 2 pounds of sugar, 1 quart of oil, and various cooking spices. Hudhud left hundreds of people homeless, seeking shelter in relief camps or under plastic tarps issued by local authorities. About 95 houses belonging to believers have been damaged. Forty families of children attending a Bridge of Hope center in Andhra Pradesh and at least 28 pastors have been affected. These efforts and actions have led to a lot of curiosity and questions about the Gospel message. Pray for the immediate and eternal impact of GFA's disaster recovery projects. More India stories here.
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Paradise Bound seeks to purchase airplane and multiply ministry

Mission Network News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:00am
Guatemala (MNN) -- The average person doesn't replace their car every two years. But the average vehicle used by Paradise Bound Ministries in Guatemala only lasts two to three years because of bad road conditions. Because of the immense growth Paradise Bound has seen in Guatemala, they have an extensive network of lay pastors to serve. No longer is traveling by road sufficient or efficient.

(Image by Paradise Bound Ministries)

Since April, the staff of Paradise Bound has been asking for your prayers regarding an aviation program. Dan Smith of Paradise Bound shares some exciting updates with us. "God has led us to a specific aircraft," he says. A man from Minnesota is selling this aircraft to Paradise Bound. The ministry knows that it's a little more complicated than buying a plane. It's a transition to a whole new way of operating. Smith says, "The first step for us was stepping out in faith. God called us to it, and so we step out in faith, and we know that. It's been confirmed through prayer, it's been confirmed through many, many doors that have been opening for us." Not only is the cost of replacing and repairing vehicles becoming a bigger problem, the accessibility to villages leaves something to be desired. Smith explains that during certain times of the year, they cannot reach some villages at all. Right now, if all goes well, Paradise Bound can visit three villages in three days and share the Gospel with them. That's the best-case scenario. A plane would change that. Smith says, "If we were to fly to those same three villages, we could do all three villages in the same day going from one village to another village, to another village, and still be back home in time for supper. "And we will have presented the Gospel to hundreds more people than what we would have over the course of three days." Smith says that this will end up costing half the amount of money with all factors considered. "So you begin to see real quickly that there is an efficiency factor that far outweighs the cost factors of the aircraft in the time savings alone." The initial cost to get the plane into operation for Paradise Bound is $250,000. This includes the cost of the plane, the first years of flying, and more. This is a large number for such a small ministry. Smith says they have a current matching grant for $50,000. That will bring their raised funds to $100,000 if donors match that amount. The gifting will determine how soon Paradise Bound can raise the rest of the funds. Smith says, "I know even now that there are listeners today that could write a check for $250,000, and it would not hurt them financially. If anything, it would actually bring gifts into their lives as you cannot out-give God. But there are also those who are listening today that couldn't even do $2.50 without hurting them right now." Smith says that traditionally, their ministry has been sustained financially through small gifts. He wants potential supporters to know that this is an incredible opportunity for anyone to partner with a ministry that will share the love of Christ with people who have never heard about Him before. He also assures us that they are more than ready if a generous donor would cover all the costs. They are leaving it up to God and how He moves your hearts. If you'd like to contribute to this cause financially, click here. Pray that Paradise Bound would be successful in getting this program off the ground and that they would be able to minister to many more souls. Also, if you're in the Holland, Michigan area, check out information here about an Open House on November 6, 2014 where you can learn more about this aviation project.
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