Source: CBN News
The harsh treatment of Christians in Iran is fueling church growth. Despite the threats, one television channel is beaming the Christian message directly into the Islamic country.
This article discusses the story that North Koreans travel to China to seek for food, but find Christ. The North Korean government has found that many North Korean get food and shelters at Christian churches close to the Sino-North Korean border and some became Christians when returning North Korea. Out of fear, the North Korean regime has eliminated the traveling permits for its citizens to visit China and warned the citizens not to contact Christian missionaries who reach out to North Koreans in China. Last month, North Korea even publicly blamed Christian missionaries for what they called “internal problems and human rights issues.” An ICC contact on the ground said "the border is very tense right now."
Source: Raw Story
By David Edwards
A McDonald’s restaurant in New York fired a worker after 8 years because she “opened a whole bee’s nest” by buying food for firefighters after they put out a house fire, she said this week.
Heather Levia, 23, told WIVB that she was working as a manager when the group of firefighters came in and ordered 23 breakfast sandwiches after fighting the blaze. It was a cold day so Levia covered the $83 cost of the meals herself.
The Huffington Post | by Eleanor Goldberg
To the unfamiliar passerby, Dobri Dobrev, 99, may come off as a haggard beggar who depends on the kindness of strangers to get by in life.
But, for the residents of Sofia, Bulgaria, Dobrev is nothing of the sort. Rather, the area’s fixture has been called a "saint" and a "divine stranger," according to a website dedicated to Dobrev.
Dobrev lost most of his hearing during World War II, according to Yahoo News Canada. He lives more than 15 miles outside of Sofia, a distance he used to trek by foot, but he now relies on the bus, according to SaintDobry.com. He spends his days asking people for money, but he doesn’t keep a cent.
Source: Baptist Press
by Amy Jacobs
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (BP) -- The land of bright sunshine and snow-white sand can be a spiritual dark spot each and every spring break. Rowdy weeks of partying often bring with them a spirit of recklessness and outright rebellion into Panama City Beach, Fla.
While locals brace for the invasion and disruption they've come to expect with spring, quiet forces determined to share the hope of Jesus Christ make their way south. Retirees who serve with the Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief Team link arms with college students from churches and collegiate ministries across the country for BeachReach.
BeachReach is a mission trip experience in the heart of Panama City Beach. Servant evangelism takes the form of free van rides and free pancake breakfasts. College students provide simple acts of service that open the door to life-changing conversations about the hope and love of Jesus Christ.
Source: Charisma News
“Let’s just go for fun! We’ll see how much we can push their buttons,” Amy teased her girlfriend, who didn’t like the idea of hanging around a bunch of Christians.
“Come on,” Amy insisted. “I hear their motto is ‘Come as you are.’ I just want to prove that they’re ‘come as you are ... unless you’re gay.'”
Source: Breaking Christian News
"[Terrorists] persecuting Christians and then coming to know Jesus and becoming [like the Apostle Paul], arguably, the greatest missionary whoever walked on the earth — that is exactly the pattern that we're seeing in these Boko Haram terrorists. As they give their lives to Jesus, they become some of the greatest witnesses for the Gospel." -Greg Kelly, World Mission Executive Director
(Nigeria)—The terrorist group Boko Haram has been responsible for the murder of numerous Christians, one of the most recent being an attack on a church in Waga Chakawa that killed 22. (Photo via MNN)
By Matt Pearce
Original Article: LA Times
Some traumas end up borne privately, but this was not one of them. At her memorial service in Denver on Wednesday, Araphahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis' father stepped to the stage, and in a gentle voice, with cameras and a large audience watching, ended up thanking everybody in increments.
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