When Chinese parents send their child to an American university, they expect her to return home with a degree and the opportunity to begin a career. But one student from central China returned home with much more.
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Five golden retrievers made their way around Boston Wednesday, visiting some of the 176 wounded victims and others suffering trauma after Monday’s Marathon attack. Maggie, Addie, Luther, Ruthie, and Isaiah are part of the LutheranChurch’s K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, which is dispatched to various communities in the aftermath of tragedies. They are trained like service dogs, but focus on providing emotional support.
“The dogs work for about two to three hours at a time, then we make sure to give them a break,” said Lizzie Brose, a handler for the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs.. “They really do absorb the feelings of the people around them.”
Ying’s story: A Scholar and Family Transformed by Christ
Ying, one of over 200,000 Chinese students and scholars seeking degrees, success and material gain every year at American universities, came to the U.S. as a visiting scholar. Like many others, she returned to China as a new creation in Christ.
Shortly after she arrived at her host university, a Chinese colleague invited her to a Friday night Bible study and English class. “Why not?” Ying thought. “I need to improve my spoken English.” Cindy, a kindly staff member from China Outreach Ministries (COM,) picked her up for class that first night. The class’s loving, joyful atmosphere impressed her. She returned week after week, joined in other COM activities and began attending the local Chinese Church. Continue reading
The Kurdish news agency, Rudaw, reported on April 1, that a Muslim leader had converted to Christianity in Dohuk. Confirming this news, an official in the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs of Iraqi-Kurdistan said that the Fatwa Committee in their ministry do not execute those who convert from Islam to any religion. This report was reflected in the Iranian media as well.
The news website “Bultannews,” affiliated with the Iranian Intelligence services, reported that a daughter of another Muslim leader in Erbil, Iraqi-Kurdistan, also converted to Christianity with her husband. The news site wrote: “For some time now through the work of the missionaries in Iraqi-Kurdistan, a number of people are changing their religion in exchange for material gifts, and convert to Christianity”.
The report continued, “The government of Iraqi-Kurdistan is not reacting to the activities of missionary organizations, and as a result Christian converts have been able to hold four conferences in that area”.
In an effort to increase awareness and to end the plight of the persecuted church, Blaine Scogin of Persecution Watch is using conference calls as a means of praying for tortured and imprisoned believers.
Few are aware there is a lack of religious freedom for 73% of the world’s population, with 200 million Christians living in restricted countries.
Scogin would like to change that. Two years ago, when he did a “Google” search for a conference call prayer group for the persecuted church, he found nothing. Then the Lord impressed on his heart, What are you going to do about it?
by Tess Rivers
This is not your father’s Southern Baptist Convention.
That’s a message SBC President Fred Luter wants an increasingly diverse generation of young evangelicals to hear.
challenge as Southern Baptists is to let young believers know that you are welcome at the table,” said Luter, who met recently with International Mission
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By Eric Metaxas
Forty-one years ago today* two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon. But what happened before Buzz Aldrin (pictured in the LM, left) and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it.
I’m talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon. Some months after his return, he wrote about it in Guideposts magazine. And a few years ago I had the privilege of meeting him myself. (See photo below.) I asked him about it and he confirmed the story to me, and I wrote about in my book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask).
The annual Global Leadership Summit (2013) convened Monday night in Los Angeles with some of the worlds’ prominent Pentecostal leaders under the invitation of Rev. David Andrade. They came from North, Central and South America, the Middle and Far East, Africa and India, representing all races.
By Don Milam
It was June 3, 1975 and I was at home having lunch with my family when there was a knock at the door. As I got up to answer the urgent rapping, I did not realize that when I opened that door the course of my life would change forever. The man on the other side of the door was a detective from the secret police of Mozambique. He confirmed my identity and then told me I would have to come with him to the police station.
Faith and godly compassion are guiding principles in the life of Dr. Hannah Gay, the University of Mississippi Medical Center Pediatrician at the forefront of the reported cure of HIV in a 2-year-old girl born with the disease in rural Mississippi.
Gay and her husband Paul served as Southern Baptist representatives in the Horn of Africa 25 years ago as HIV was taking root there, but Gay’s interest in the disease is driven more by a desire to achieve the best for children, rather than a desire to find a cure, her husband told Baptist Press.