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Category: Missions

chinachurch

A missionary from Manmin, a Korean Megachurch, spoke about challenges that face Christians in China (name is not published for her safety). She said that in communist China, there are two churches: one is underground and consists of believers who are persecuted, and the other is the official church which is recognized and controlled by…

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jessicabuchanan

Jessica Buchanan, the woman rescued from Somalia bandits by U.S. special forces, is so dedicated to helping others that she sold all of her belongings to become a missionary in Somalia. Buchanan, 32, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Valley Forge University, a Christian college in Phoenixville, Pa., in 2007. She was a…

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asiamission

Jane was in the middle of explaining how God had called her family to one of the toughest areas in Central Asia when the Skype connection went dead. A few minutes later their backup generator kicked on, the couple called back and the conversation resumed. Jane and Jack, who are unable to use their real…

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david-archuleta

At a concert in Salt Lake City last week, pop star David Archuleta of American Idol fame made an unexpected and emotional announcement. After a couple of years of skirting questions about it, he revealed that he will indeed serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, though he hasn’t…

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RevVincentNichols

Winston Churchill knew that there comes a time in any military campaign when playing safe and exhibiting caution simply won’t work. This is why, he later confided, he’d lost confidence in General Claude Auchinleck, the man in charge of the North Africa campaign in 1942: to rout Rommel, only all-out aggression would do. So Churchill…

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gleaning

Forbes Magazine has just recognized Gleaning For The World, a faith-based humanitarian organization, as the most efficient charity in the United States. This marks the third time that Gleaning For The World has been honored by Forbes. More than 200 charities were evaluated in Forbes’ annual study, including World Vision, the American Red Cross, Campus…

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megachurchpakistan

Pakistan’s tiny and downtrodden Christian community thought big when constructing its latest church — a domed, three-story building that towers over the sprawling slum it serves and is the largest yet in the violent, Muslim country. St. Peter’s of Karachi, which opened its doors this month and can fit around 5,000 people, is a sign…

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personhood mississippi

Pro-life advocates were dealt a hard blow last night after Bible Belt voters in Mississippi defeated the so-called “personhood” initiative. But abortion opponents appear undeterred, saying that they’re still pursuing life-at-fertilization ballot initiatives in six other states following the major loss. While aired prior to yesterday’s polling results, the following NBC video provides an overview…

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Shorter University

Shorter University and Mercer University are institutions of higher education in Georgia, and both have been historically related to the Georgia Baptist Convention — the state’s largest Baptist group. Both schools have been in the news in recent days over the issue of homosexuality. Seen together, the actions taken by the schools point backwards to…

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interreligious

The Special Council for America of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops celebrated its sixteenth meeting from 27 to 28 October. According to a note published Friday, the meeting reflected upon such themes as the new evangelisation, inter-religious dialogue and the situation of the Church and society in various parts of the continent,…

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sudanchild

For more than two centuries, Sudan has attracted an unusual level of attention beyond its own borders. This international interest converged in the last decade of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first century as four independent forces met. First, there is the rebellion in Darfur, which has generated greater international concern…

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sfpilgrims

Representatives of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism gathered to speak of peace at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in San Francisco at the same time that Pope Benedict XVI was meeting in Assisi, Italy, with representatives of world religions as well as with atheists. Both meetings were held Oct. 27 and…

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Arab-Spring

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said the Arab Spring and the Muslim campaign against Catholic University are symptoms of a growing anti-Christian climate, and pledged to defend religious freedom around the globe. Speaking at a South Carolina fundraiser Saturday, Gingrich criticized the Obama administration’s involvement in the Arab Spring – the Middle East grassroots uprising…

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mormon temple

A number of years ago, I was on Larry King Live and was asked point blank if I had a problem with the appointments of Justices Roberts and Alito (both are Roman Catholics). My answer was very clear that I did not, as long as they shared my own conviction of upholding the Constitution —…

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davidlivingstone

They are words that have been hidden for 140 years – and may just be about to change the way we think of one of Scotland’s most famous historical figures. Scots explorer David Livingstone had run out of ink and paper after famously witnessing the massacre of hundreds of slaves in Africa. He was forced…

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