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As Severe Winter Storms Strike Israel, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Is Providing Critical, Lifesaving Care to Israel’s Most Vulnerable Citizens

JERUSALEM — Winter storm Carmel has ravaged Israel, and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), in collaboration with Israel’s Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs, has immediately responded to assist the vulnerable sectors of Israeli society – in particular, the elderly and people with disabilities living alone, the homeless, and impoverished families… Continue reading As Severe Winter Storms Strike Israel, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Is Providing Critical, Lifesaving Care to Israel’s Most Vulnerable Citizens

$3 Million for the Benefit of Thousands of Impoverished Israeli Families

JERUSALEM — The coronavirus crisis has greatly impacted many families in Israel. To alleviate the overwhelming need, Israel’s Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs, together with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), has decided to provide more than $3 million for the benefit of individuals and families needing additional support. This will… Continue reading $3 Million for the Benefit of Thousands of Impoverished Israeli Families

Christian Support for Israel Soars Ahead of the High Holy Days

Christian support for Israel soars ahead of the High Holy Days Photo Credit: © 2021 IFCJ, photo by Yossi Zeliger

JERUSALEM — The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) is launching a $10.9 million aid program to help over 260,000 people in Israel and the former Soviet Union during Rosh Hashanah and the High Holy Days. This is the largest program The Fellowship has ever launched for Rosh Hashanah and is more than… Continue reading Christian Support for Israel Soars Ahead of the High Holy Days

Israel: Caring for Orphans and Widows

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – The premature death of a spouse threatens the stability of a family and leaves a gaping emotional hole for the surviving wife or husband. An Israeli organization is reaching out to families, widows, and orphans using the Bible as their guide. Chris Mitchell, CBN News: Once a week this home is filled… Continue reading Israel: Caring for Orphans and Widows

Christian-Funded Charity Responds to Humanitarian Needs During Israel-Palestinian Conflict

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JERUSALEM — Due to continued rocket attacks across central and southern Israel, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), the largest Christian-funded provider of security and humanitarian aid in Israel, increased aid to affected citizens waiting out the conflict. “Last week, we immediately approved security measures like bomb shelters and protective vests to… Continue reading Christian-Funded Charity Responds to Humanitarian Needs During Israel-Palestinian Conflict

ICEJ: Our Ambassadors to Israel

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – It may come as a surprise to many Christians that we have an embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. Not the U.S. Embassy that was relocated to the capital of Israel in 2018. It’s the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, and it has been open for 40 years. The embassy was opened in… Continue reading ICEJ: Our Ambassadors to Israel

As the Threat of Terrorist Arson Attacks Looms, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Secures Vulnerable Israeli Communities

JERUSALEM — Security officers in southern Israel must fight the fires set by terrorist rocket, missile, and incendiary balloon attacks. These attacks from Gaza have become a near-daily occurrence in the region, especially in the summer. To guard against this threat, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) recently distributed 75 personal firefighting… Continue reading As the Threat of Terrorist Arson Attacks Looms, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Secures Vulnerable Israeli Communities

International Humanitarian Organization Partners with First Responders Ahead of Snowstorm in Israel

Yael Eckstein, President and CEO of The Fellowship, with staff delivering food boxes and blankets to elderly citizens in Jerusalem and the surrounding region. | Photo Credit: © 2021 IFCJ, photo by Avishag Shaar-Yashuv

JERUSALEM — On Wednesday, just ahead of the storm that covered Jerusalem and the surrounding area with a thick blanket of snow, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) together with United Hatzalah, distributed more than 200 packages of warm blankets, space heaters, and food supplies to elderly residents of the capital and… Continue reading International Humanitarian Organization Partners with First Responders Ahead of Snowstorm in Israel

Fellowship of Christians and Jews Gathers Emergency Aid for Israel

JERUSALEM — Against the backdrop of the severe economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Israel’s Ministry of Social Affairs and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) have set up emergency funds in 140 municipalities across the country. The funds will help local welfare departments provide immediate assistance to families and elderly… Continue reading Fellowship of Christians and Jews Gathers Emergency Aid for Israel

After COVID-19 Delay, 100 Olim Have Arrived in Israel

JERUSALEM – With the assistance of the Jewish Agency and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), 53 new olim (immigrants) from Ukraine landed in Israel on Monday evening. Two days earlier, 44 olim from Uzbekistan and Georgia also arrived in Israel. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish Agency and The Fellowship in… Continue reading After COVID-19 Delay, 100 Olim Have Arrived in Israel

IFCJ Donates $2 Million for Lifesaving Equipment in Israel to Fight the Coronavirus

JERUSALEM — As the number of individuals in Israel diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus rises, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) plays a critical role in Israel’s fight against the pandemic. On March 20, 2020, The Fellowship approved $2 million in special grants to 15 hospitals for respiratory equipment and other lifesaving machinery. Additionally, The Fellowship purchased 20 special testing… Continue reading IFCJ Donates $2 Million for Lifesaving Equipment in Israel to Fight the Coronavirus

IFCJ Creates $5 Million Emergency Fund to Help Elderly, Holocaust Survivors in Israel Cope with Coronavirus

UK PM at the Holocaust Educational Trust 25th anniversary, September 16, 2013. Photo by Number 10, Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

JERUSALEM— The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) has created a $5 million emergency fund to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This fund will primarily support elderly Israelis, some of whom are Holocaust survivors, with packages of food, hand sanitizer, and other essential items. The Fellowship is uniquely positioned to… Continue reading IFCJ Creates $5 Million Emergency Fund to Help Elderly, Holocaust Survivors in Israel Cope with Coronavirus

Israel Hosts Our Crowd Conference to Showcase Innovation

JERUSALEM – Israel’s reputation for groundbreaking technology is one reason it’s described as the “Start-up” nation. Much of that new technology was recently on display in the “Our Crowd” conference in Jerusalem, displaying solutions for everything from coronavirus infection to the wildfires in Australia. Our Crowd is an annual event that showcases Israel’s innovations from… Continue reading Israel Hosts Our Crowd Conference to Showcase Innovation

Could Israel Save the World from the Coronavirus?

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – The Jerusalem Post has reported that Israeli scientists are “on the cusp” of delivering an effective vaccine to prevent the new coronavirus. The good news comes while the country itself is contending with its first cases of the influenza. The bad news is that the WHO has labeled the risk of the… Continue reading Could Israel Save the World from the Coronavirus?

IFCJ Provides Freedom Flight to Nearly 200 Ukrainian Jews, Airlifting Them to Israel

JERUSALEM — One year after the sudden passing of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is hosting a Freedom Flight in memory of their late founder. The Fellowship chartered three planes arriving from Ukraine with 186 Ukrainian immigrants to Israel (olim) on February 24. Fellowship President and CEO Yael Eckstein and… Continue reading IFCJ Provides Freedom Flight to Nearly 200 Ukrainian Jews, Airlifting Them to Israel

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UN Targets Israel – Ignores World’s Worst Abusers of Women’s Rights

GENEVA — The U.N. Economic and Social Council approved 40-2 a resolution that targets only Israel for alleged violations of womens rights, yet does not include other countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Pakistan, all notorious for often misogynistic policies and denying basic rights to women. The United States and Canada were the only… Continue reading UN Targets Israel – Ignores World’s Worst Abusers of Women’s Rights

American & Canadian Christians Help European Jews Immigrate to Israel

TEL AVIV – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed 121 new olim (immigrants) from Ukraine on Monday morning at a special reception ceremony held at the foot of their plane. The olim, who arrived on a special flight organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, were filled with excitement at the welcoming ceremony… Continue reading American & Canadian Christians Help European Jews Immigrate to Israel

Ahead of U.S. Visit, Yael Eckstein Tours Security Projects in Israel Funded by The Fellowship

JERUSALEM — Throughout much of its existence, The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) has stood in the gap between the support people feel they need in the vulnerable parts of Israel and what the government has had the capacity and capability to provide. “No government in the world protects its people as… Continue reading Ahead of U.S. Visit, Yael Eckstein Tours Security Projects in Israel Funded by The Fellowship

Fire Destroys 40 of 50 Homes in One Israeli Village

MEVO MODI’IM, Israel —Yael Eckstein and Dari Carlebach have something in common. They are both the daughters of noted rabbis. Carlebach’s late father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, was known as “The Singing Rabbi” for his unique, lyrical style of prayer which became famous throughout the world. His songs drew many to Mevo Modi’im, the idyllic Israeli village… Continue reading Fire Destroys 40 of 50 Homes in One Israeli Village

Rockets Barrage Southern Israel – IFCJ Responds with Eight Mobile Shelters, Work on Fifty-Three More

JERUSALEM — When Hamas and Islamic Jihad began to barrage southern Israel with over 600 rockets in less than 24 hours, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews immediately began to assess the effects of the attack on its program recipients and to enact their broader emergency response plan only deployed when Israel teeters on the brink of… Continue reading Rockets Barrage Southern Israel – IFCJ Responds with Eight Mobile Shelters, Work on Fifty-Three More

India Leading in Solving Plastic Pollution Problem: New Israeli Invention May Help

DELHI – The invention and introduction of plastic were hailed as a major development in the realm of scientific research that would impact the entire world. There is no doubt that it has, but the impact has not always been beneficial. Decades later, we face a major unintended consequence of this miracle product. It won’t… Continue reading India Leading in Solving Plastic Pollution Problem: New Israeli Invention May Help

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President-elect to Move Brazil’s Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem

Brazil President-elect Jair Bolsonaro

SÃO PAULO – Four days following his election, Brazil’s President-elect, Jair Bolsonaro confirmed that he will keep his campaign promise to relocate the country’s embassy in Israel from its current location in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel is… Continue reading President-elect to Move Brazil’s Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem

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Oman Recognizes Statehood of Israel

Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah

BAHRAIN – Oman’s Foreign Minister, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, issued a statement at a security summit recognizing the statehood of Israel this week following a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman. Israel is a state present in the region, and we all understand this . .… Continue reading Oman Recognizes Statehood of Israel

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Eye on Israel: Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

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Is the Israel/ Hamas problem our problem?By and large, it is reasonable to say that many Americans – and, perhaps, many Christians – do not stay abreast of news in Israel. Whether that is a result of a preoccupation with our own personal concerns, the American political scene, or any other number or equally legitimate… Continue reading Eye on Israel: Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

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More Crop for Every Drop: Israel Shares Precision Agriculture with India

NEW DELHI – India is among the most inefficient agriculture producers in the world – and all major crops – wheat, sugarcane, cotton – consume large quantities of water. Agriculture consumes 83 percent of India’s water resources, leaving only 17 percent for domestic and industrial use, according to a recent report in The Hindu Business… Continue reading More Crop for Every Drop: Israel Shares Precision Agriculture with India

Israel Facing Water Crisis but Willing to Share

The Sea of Galilee - where the crisis is looming

JERUSALEM – Drought and water shortages are plaguing nations all around the world. Blame it on whatever you choose, the need to provide adequate amounts of clean, sweet, potable water must be addressed before the local and regional water crises become a global, life-threatening crisis. Israel faces a potential crisis as the Sea of Galilee,… Continue reading Israel Facing Water Crisis but Willing to Share

Paraguay Becomes 6th Nation to Say It Will Move Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem [Update]

Paraguay President Horciao Cartes with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet

ASUNCION – Paraguay has become the sixth nation to indicate plans to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. It is the fifth country to do so since U.S. President Trump publicly recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017. Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes announced the plans to move the country’s embassy sometime before his… Continue reading Paraguay Becomes 6th Nation to Say It Will Move Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem [Update]

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Romania May Move Israel Embassy to Jerusalem

BUCHAREST – The Romanian government has approved a proposal to relocate the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The move was announced by Liviu Dragnea, the Speaker of the Lower House and leader of the Social Democratic party. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila confirmed that the measure has been approved, but there are still some hurdles… Continue reading Romania May Move Israel Embassy to Jerusalem

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Anti-Terror, Pro-Israel Rally in India Attracts 70,000

CALCUTTA – A crowd of an estimated 70,000 attended an anti-terrorism, pro-Israel rally in Calcutta on February 15th. Speakers discussed a range of topics that centered on the problem of recent Iranian terrorism against Israel, citing is as an indication of things to come as Islamic terrorists are increasing acts of aggression in India, especially… Continue reading Anti-Terror, Pro-Israel Rally in India Attracts 70,000

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Guatemala Follows United States in Declaring Jerusalem the Capital of Israel

Guatemala followed the US in declaring Jerusalem the Capital of Israel.

On Christmas Eve, Guatemala’s president announced they will follow the United States in declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel and moving their embassy to Jerusalem. There is some speculation that Guatemala will be the first country to move their embassy. Guatemala refuted these speculations, saying they will follow the lead of the United States. Per… Continue reading Guatemala Follows United States in Declaring Jerusalem the Capital of Israel

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President Trump Declares Jerusalem Capital of Israel

Jerusalem was declared the capital of Israel by President Trump on December 6.

On Dec. 6, President Trump declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel. He also ordered the US Embassy in Israel to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The New York Times reports, “President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion… Continue reading President Trump Declares Jerusalem Capital of Israel

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U.S. Ministry Readies for ‘Marathon’ of Aid to Ukrainians

This Slavic Gospel Association-supported church in Rivne, Ukraine, has welcomed scores of refugees from war. SGA leaders find migrants often need crisis counseling as well as food and fuel. One family reached the Rivne church after surviving 19 days in a cellar stuffed with 90 people, who had to melt snow and drain radiators for drinking water.

LOVES PARK, IL — Ukrainian refugees lodging at evangelical churches across Eastern Europe are reporting atrocities scarring psyches, crucial needs for water and food, and desperate attempts to escape the war zone by car and foot. Julia reached a seminary that Slavic Gospel Association aids in Warsaw, Poland, only after a harrowing escape from the… Continue reading U.S. Ministry Readies for ‘Marathon’ of Aid to Ukrainians

Kyiv Jewish Messianic Congregation Continues Services Despite War

KYIV, UKRAINE — When Rabbi Boris Grisenko took the bold step to continue their services at Kyiv Jewish Messianic Congregation, despite the war due to the Russian invasion, he had no idea of the global impact it would have. Since the conflict began more than a million people have joined their Shabbat services online. Despite… Continue reading Kyiv Jewish Messianic Congregation Continues Services Despite War

Standing with Ukrainian Churches in Ministry to Refugees

UKRAINE — Slavic Gospel Association is continuing to help resource churches across Ukraine as they provide vital aid and transportation to rescue countless families trapped in the conflict there. SGA’s President Michael Johnson explains how they’re standing with the Baptist Union of Churches of Ukraine. As the conflict continues to devastate countless lives across Ukraine,… Continue reading Standing with Ukrainian Churches in Ministry to Refugees

NRB Day Three Confronts Antisemitism, Censorship and Cancel Culture

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NASHVILLE — The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) wrapped up a third day packed with workshops, forums and special sessions designed to equip Christian broadcasters to reach their audiences effectively in a time of information overload. Several of the day’s discussions focused on three growing threats in American media: censorship, cancel culture and antisemitism. Tony Perkins, president… Continue reading NRB Day Three Confronts Antisemitism, Censorship and Cancel Culture

“Prayer House” from Targu Mures, Romania

TÂRGU MUREȘ, ROMANIA— The “Prayer House” from Târgu Mureș, Romania is a place where believers from different denominations gather to pray and to worship God under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The leader of the project, Cotiso Mărgulescu, will tell us more about this initiative. In different places of the world, along the years,… Continue reading “Prayer House” from Targu Mures, Romania

GFA World Shares on Fresh Water: An Increasingly Scarce Resource More Vital than Oil or Gold

WILLS POINT, TX – GFA World (Gospel for Asia) founded by K.P. Yohannan, whose heart to love and help the poor has inspired numerous charities like GFA World Canada, to serve the deprived and downcast worldwide, issued this special report on fresh water: an increasingly scarce resource more vital than oil or gold. Increasing demand… Continue reading GFA World Shares on Fresh Water: An Increasingly Scarce Resource More Vital than Oil or Gold

Ukraine – Russia: Local Churches Launch Brave Aid Effort in War Zone

UKRAINE-RUSSIA: LOCAL CHURCHES LAUNCH AID IN WAR ZONE: "Unstoppable" local churches in Ukraine and Russia are launching a large-scale humanitarian outreach in the midst of war. Shown: A 2020 photo of the team delivering aid to an orphanage in the war zone. Supported by U.S.-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org), the emergency response will provide food, winter clothes, blankets and medicines for thousands of at-risk people, including orphans, abandoned children, and those uprooted by the conflict.

LOVES PARK, IL — “Unstoppable” local churches in Ukraine and Russia are launching a large-scale humanitarian outreach across Ukraine as war erupts around them and many suffer. Supported by U.S.-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org), the church-driven emergency response will provide food, winter clothes, blankets and medicines for thousands of at-risk people, including orphans, abandoned… Continue reading Ukraine – Russia: Local Churches Launch Brave Aid Effort in War Zone

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Sees Antisemitism Rising in Europe

EUROPE – International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the date when the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated and the end of the Holocaust that resulted with the killing of six million European Jews and millions of others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Octavian Fulop, survivor of the Holocaust, confesses today that he lived all… Continue reading International Holocaust Remembrance Day Sees Antisemitism Rising in Europe

Elias Chooses to Stay in Palestinian Territories

BEIT SAHUR, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES — Elias lives in the Christian-majority town of Beit Sahur, close to Bethlehem. He shares why, even though the number of Christians in the area is declining, he and his family are determined to stay.

Arsonic Attack on Chernobyl Church Fails to Prevent Christmas Celebrations

CHERNOBYL, UKRAINE — A fire – called a desperate act of arson – didn’t stop the Church congregation in the village of Mlachivka – on the edge of the Chernobyl radiation “exclusion zone from holding a special service outside in the snow and bitter cold, as local firefighters and police looked on. Later, children received… Continue reading Arsonic Attack on Chernobyl Church Fails to Prevent Christmas Celebrations

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Celebrates a Milestone, Serving More Than 2 Million People in 2021

JERUSALEM — In 2021, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) helped more than 2 million people by supplying basic essentials and financial assistance to 1 million people, providing security to more than 800,000 people encountering threats of terrorism and anti-Semitism, and helping more than 5,000 Jews return home to Israel. Throughout this… Continue reading The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Celebrates a Milestone, Serving More Than 2 Million People in 2021

‘Frontline’ Pastors ‘Risk Everything’ to Aid Orphans, Widows, War-Torn Families

'FRONTLINE' PASTORS RISK ALL TO AID ORPHANS, WIDOWS: Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org) is aiming to help 1,300 "frontline pastors" and ministry workers in Russia and the former Soviet Union this winter who, it says, are "risking everything" to aid orphans, widows, and war-torn families.

LOVES PARK, IL — A U.S. organization is aiming to help 1,300 “frontline pastors” and ministry workers in Russia and the former Soviet Union this winter who, it says, are “risking everything” to aid orphans, widows, and suffering families. During the pandemic, local pastors across Russia and the former Soviet Union have trekked hundreds of miles… Continue reading ‘Frontline’ Pastors ‘Risk Everything’ to Aid Orphans, Widows, War-Torn Families

7 Hills Church Announces Groundbreaking Initiatives on Vision Sunday

CINCINNATI — 7 Hills Church hosted its annual “Vision Sunday” during its morning services Sunday, Oct. 3, at its Florence Location, Cincinnati Location and online. When Pastor Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel church in Atlanta, Georgia, made a surprise appearance at 7 Hills Church’s annual “Heart for the House Vision Dinner” in August,… Continue reading 7 Hills Church Announces Groundbreaking Initiatives on Vision Sunday

Churches Confront ‘Raw Trauma’ in Shadow of ‘Forgotten’ War

HEALING RAW TRAUMA OF 'FORGOTTEN' WAR: Michael Johnson, president of Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org), talks with people still suffering raw trauma in the aftermath of the "forgotten" war in the former Soviet nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Partnering with local churches, SGA brings aid and comfort.

LOVES PARK, Ill – Churches in the first-ever country to adopt Christianity as its national religion are confronting “the rawest imaginable trauma” in the wake of a “forgotten” war. With the news dominated by Afghanistan — and the recent focus on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 in the U.S. — the victims of the lesser-known… Continue reading Churches Confront ‘Raw Trauma’ in Shadow of ‘Forgotten’ War

Virtual Bible & Archaeology Fest XXIV

WASHINGTON — The Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) magazine, will host its signature event online this fall. The 24th Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest on October 16–17, 2021 offers live talks from leading Bible scholars and archaeologists from around the world via Zoom. Paid participants can enjoy a weekend of accessible, online learning… Continue reading Virtual Bible & Archaeology Fest XXIV

Os Guinness Inspires NRB Attendees

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DALLAS, TX – The renowned Dr. Os Guinness was the featured speaker at the fifth and final day of the annual National Religious Broadcasters Convention on June 24, 2021. He was one of the many Christian luminaries to grace the stage at the Gaylord Resort in Grapevine, Texas. Others included former U.S. Secretary of State,… Continue reading Os Guinness Inspires NRB Attendees

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