WCC Executive Committee to Focus on COVID-19

GENEVA — The World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee will meet virtually on 1-3 June, offering solidarity to a world in which many find themselves in critical situations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Executive Committee plans to share information, make decisions by consensus, and assess the impact of COVID-19 on the life of the… Continue reading WCC Executive Committee to Focus on COVID-19

Prison Fellowship Partners with ICPA to Honor Correctional Staff

WASHINGTON — Prison Fellowship®, the nation’s largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, is partnering with the International Corrections and Prison Association (ICPA) in honoring the work of prison and correctional staff during the Coronavirus pandemic. The ICPA’s global #WeApplaud Campaign and its partners will send messages of support to jurisdictions in… Continue reading Prison Fellowship Partners with ICPA to Honor Correctional Staff

Pulse to Host ‘Make Jesus Known’, an Apologetics Live Event to Equip the Global Church to Preach the Gospel on Pentecost Weekend

MINNEAPOLIS — Pulse, the evangelism movement founded by Nick Hall, will host Make Jesus Known, a two-hour online apologetics event on May 30 to equip the global church to preach the gospel. The event, which is being held in partnership with RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries), will honor the life and ministry of Ravi Zacharias… Continue reading Pulse to Host ‘Make Jesus Known’, an Apologetics Live Event to Equip the Global Church to Preach the Gospel on Pentecost Weekend

Pandemic Makes Our Words More Important than Ever

CHARLESTON, SC — The fourteenth annual celebration of Say Something Nice Sunday is scheduled for June 7, this year. It is a time to say nice things to those who make our lives easier. During this pandemic, our words are even more important. We have been unable to go about our normal lives. We are… Continue reading Pandemic Makes Our Words More Important than Ever

The Unite714 Global Prayer Initiative Announces Live Webcast and TV Special

The leadership team behind the global prayer initiative “Unite714” has announced a worldwide online prayer event as well as a television special featuring an international lineup of Christian leaders. The purpose of both events is to encourage believers around the globe to unite in prayer for the eradication of COVID-19 and a spiritual awakening around… Continue reading The Unite714 Global Prayer Initiative Announces Live Webcast and TV Special

Coronavirus: Churches Rush to Aid Russia’s Hungry as Crisis Deepens

LOVES PARK, IL — A U.S.-based mission to Russia and the former Soviet Union today announced its on-the-ground church taskforce has distributed more than 500,000 meals to desperate families as Russia’s coronavirus infections hit a new high. Russia has jumped to third place behind the U.S. and Brazil in new infections, now officially at more… Continue reading Coronavirus: Churches Rush to Aid Russia’s Hungry as Crisis Deepens

Evangelist Andrew Palau Launches Stories of Hope: An Online Festival Experience Featuring Top Musical Artists and Celebrities

PORTLAND, OR — In a massive effort to share hope with millions around the world during this pandemic, the Luis Palau Association will host a global festival on May 30, 2020. This online event, called Stories of Hope: An Online Festival Experience, will be led by Andrew Palau and his wife, Wendy. It will feature… Continue reading Evangelist Andrew Palau Launches Stories of Hope: An Online Festival Experience Featuring Top Musical Artists and Celebrities

Private Memorial Service for Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias to be Livestreamed Worldwide May 29

ATLANTA — A global livestream memorial service will honor the life of Christian evangelist and apologist Ravi Zacharias, who died on May 19, at age 74, after a brief battle with cancer. The celebration of Zacharias’s life and legacy will be streamed live at RZIM.org/RaviMemorial on May 29 at 11 a.m. ET. Ravi Zacharias spent… Continue reading Private Memorial Service for Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias to be Livestreamed Worldwide May 29

Nationwide Reading Program Starts Sunday to Keep Parents and Kids Connected to God All Summer Long

BEDFORD, TX — An afterschool ministry that empowers local churches to wade outside of their four walls to teach Bible principles to public elementary students in their schools is launching a refreshing summer reading program this week. The too-cool tool is designed to help parents continue routine summer education in this anything but a normal… Continue reading Nationwide Reading Program Starts Sunday to Keep Parents and Kids Connected to God All Summer Long

‘Scandal of Starvation’ Means 9 Million to Die in Coronavirus-Worsened Crisis Says Gospel for Asia

‘SCANDAL OF STARVATION:’ It’s estimated nine million people will die in a coronavirus-worsened hunger crisis this year, says a new report by Texas-based organization Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org). The report — The Scandal of Starvation in a World of Plenty — says $1 trillion worth of food will be thrown away in 2020. World Hunger Day is May 28.

WILLS POINT, TX — It’s estimated that nine million people will die in a coronavirus-worsened ‘scandal of starvation’ this year, according to a new report today marking World Hunger Day — an annual awareness event — on May 28.Yet astonishingly, families, restaurants and hospitals around the world will throw away $1 trillion worth of food… Continue reading ‘Scandal of Starvation’ Means 9 Million to Die in Coronavirus-Worsened Crisis Says Gospel for Asia

New CRC Report Discusses America’s Moral Compass

PHOENIX – This week, the Cultural Research Center on the campus of Arizona Christian University released the fifth of its series of reports based on its American World View Inventory 2020 (AWVI 2020). The new update is titled “Perceptions of Truth.” ACU President, Len Munsil, acknowledged the importance of the report’s subject matter, saying, “We… Continue reading New CRC Report Discusses America’s Moral Compass

The Severity of Global Hunger 2020: Grim Facts & Tough Questions

WARNING: This article contains facts that are grim to grasp and difficult to digest (pardon the pun).Most Americans do not regard hunger as a problem, let alone understand the magnitude of its scope. If you really want to know about the severity of global hunger – and if you are willing to do something about… Continue reading The Severity of Global Hunger 2020: Grim Facts & Tough Questions

10 Million Meals Delivered in Five Weeks

SPRINGFIELD, MO – According to its website, Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, and disaster response. The Donaldson siblings experienced extraordinary compassion from Christian families following their father’s death in an automobile accident. Having been the recipients of such… Continue reading 10 Million Meals Delivered in Five Weeks

‘Horrifying Surge’ in Lockdown Domestic Violence

EASTON, MD — A spike in domestic violence caused by the COVID-19 lockdown is sending shockwaves around the globe — and driving victims in some countries to live television chat shows and social media for help, a satellite broadcaster revealed today. Middle East satellite broadcaster SAT-7 (www.sat7usa.org) says interest in its live programs tackling domestic… Continue reading ‘Horrifying Surge’ in Lockdown Domestic Violence

Wycliffe Associates Looks to Collaborative Translation Methodology to Finish Decades-Old Bible Translation Projects

ORLANDO, FL — Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, has recently identified 10 language groups that don’t yet have complete Bibles, although translation projects began decades ago. “Some were thrilled when missionaries translated even a single book of the Bible,”… Continue reading Wycliffe Associates Looks to Collaborative Translation Methodology to Finish Decades-Old Bible Translation Projects

USCIRF Welcomes Establishment of Pakistan’s National Commission for Minorities as a First Step

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) welcomed the Pakistani government’s recent establishment of the National Commission for Minorities to oversee religious minorities’ rights.. In a June 2014 ruling, the Pakistani Supreme Court directed the government to form a commission “to monitor the practical realization of the rights and safeguards provided… Continue reading USCIRF Welcomes Establishment of Pakistan’s National Commission for Minorities as a First Step

Ravi Zacharias’ Death Mourned by Prominent Christian Leaders | Charisma News

ATLANTA – Ravi Zacharias was the leading Christian apologist of our time. Prominent pastors and Christian leaders across the world mourn the death of Ravi Zacharias. Zacharias died in his home in Atlanta Tuesday morning, May 19, after battling a rare form of sarcoma cancer. He was 74 years old. Many took to social media… Continue reading Ravi Zacharias’ Death Mourned by Prominent Christian Leaders | Charisma News

Super Cyclone Amphan and Coronavirus: Mega Disasters ‘Roll Into One’ Says Gospel for Asia

WILLS POINT, TX — One of America’s biggest mission agencies, Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) founded by Dr. K.P. Yohannan, was gearing up today to respond to a ‘super cyclone’ in South Asia — a region also battling a coronavirus surge that’s created a health and hunger crisis.… Continue reading Super Cyclone Amphan and Coronavirus: Mega Disasters ‘Roll Into One’ Says Gospel for Asia

Over $153k Raised for Churches Impacted by COVID-19 During Benefit Event

Simulcast COVID-19 event drew 258,000 viewers Over $150,000 was raised to help churches struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic during a charity event simulcast Friday, The event was co-sponsored by Right Now Media that featured Christian leaders, celebrities, and athletes. The Churches Helping Churches Challenge announced Monday that its May 15 benefit simulcast drew over… Continue reading Over $153k Raised for Churches Impacted by COVID-19 During Benefit Event

CRC Report: ‘The Disconnect Is Staggering’

PHOENIX, AZ – The Cultural Research Center (CRC) at Arizona Christian University has released the fourth in a series of reports included in its American Worldview Inventory.“Seeking Purpose and Success” follows three previous reports summarized in Missions Box News articles entitled “Barna Defines the Dilemma of Christianity in Digital Babylon” (March 17, 2020), “Biblical Worldview… Continue reading CRC Report: ‘The Disconnect Is Staggering’

South Asia Threatened by Cyclone & Pandemic

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KOLKATA – Residents of West Bengal and the nation of Bangladesh have been battling the onslaught of the Coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has paralyzed millions, confined to their homes without access to food, water, and medical supplies. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage South Asia as the number of cases increases rapidly. Just a few… Continue reading South Asia Threatened by Cyclone & Pandemic

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

If the Twelve Disciples had iPhones

Global Media Outreach Crosses 2 Billion Virtual Gospel Presentations GlobalMediaOutreach.com PLANO, TX — As the world is working together to flatten the curve, there is one number on the rise–and this is very good news. Since 2004, founder Walt Wilson’s vision for Global Media Outreach was to reach at least one billion with the message… Continue reading If the Twelve Disciples had iPhones

Ravi Zacharias Memoriam: 1946 – 2020, Now Alive in Heaven

ATLANTA, GA – He was arguably the most eminent Christian apologist of the 20th and the 21st centuries, and perhaps of all time. Ravi Zacharias left his mortal frame this morning and entered into Heaven. His work on earth is done, and he has heard the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” spoken by… Continue reading Ravi Zacharias Memoriam: 1946 – 2020, Now Alive in Heaven

‘Never Give Up’ by K.P. Yohannan

New Book Encourages Coronavirus-Slammed Americans With U.S. COVID-19 death toll over 80,000, 1.3 million sick, 33 million jobless, GFA World (Gospel for Asia) founder urges Americans ‘keep pressing on’ WILLS POINT, TX — Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) founded by Dr. K.P. Yohannan. Americans slammed by coronavirus deaths,… Continue reading ‘Never Give Up’ by K.P. Yohannan

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem – The Jerusalem Prayer Team

JERUSALEM – Psalm 122:6 is a prayer request with a promise. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” (KJV) This prayer exemplifies the heart of the work of the Jerusalem Prayer Team. Founder, Dr. Mike Evans, has an incomparable love and devotion for the land of Israel and the Jewish… Continue reading Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem – The Jerusalem Prayer Team

24:14 – A Testimony to All Nations

HOUSTON – 24:14 is a faith-based organization that affirms the unique gifting and calling of every organization that is working to reach the world with the good news of Jesus Christ. The group does this by providing information, resources, and coordination to help facilitate that common goal. Put another way, 24:14 urgently promotes collaboration between… Continue reading 24:14 – A Testimony to All Nations

Religious Leaders Call for Africa-wide Prayer in Response to COVID 19

11 March 2018, Arusha, Tanzania: Young and old, women and men, children and elderly — bringing together a congregation of over 1,000 people, the Arusha Mjini Kati Lutheran Church gathered to celebrate Sunday service on 11 March, together with international visitors participating in the WCC Conference on World Mission and Evangelism. The church, which bears its name from its central location in Arusha, Tanzania, has a history of more than 100 years, and is an active body in Evangelical outreach, spreading the Gospel throughout Tanzania. Through “creative ministry”, including drama, music and artistic expression, the church explores new ways of engaging young people in the church, and in proclaiming the good news.

GENEVE — Religious leaders and faith-based organizations have released a call to prayer as people in Africa continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic. “Therefore we call upon all faithful and people of goodwill to join us in the prayer to curb the outbreak of the pandemic,” reads a statement. “We pray for all the people… Continue reading Religious Leaders Call for Africa-wide Prayer in Response to COVID 19

Coronavirus Just One More Life-Threatening Problem for East Africans

COVENTRY, UK – The Barnabas Fund has sent out a plea for additional funding to help the East Africans hanging on to their lives by a thread while contending with multiple life-threatening disasters. The emerging novel Coronavirus is just one more danger for thousands of African people struggling for survival. Life in Africa is far… Continue reading Coronavirus Just One More Life-Threatening Problem for East Africans

‘Medical Hero Week’ Inspires Girls and Honors Frontline Workers Amid COVID-19

CINCINNATI — White coats, gloves, and masks have become iconic symbols amid the current COVID-19 global crisis. American Heritage Girls (AHG) is hosted a week dedicated to honoring the medical professional “heroes” behind the coats, gloves, and masks with the organization’s first-ever AHG Medical Hero Week — that ran from April 27- May 1, 2020.… Continue reading ‘Medical Hero Week’ Inspires Girls and Honors Frontline Workers Amid COVID-19

Seniors can be ‘Ambassadors of Hope,’ not ‘Victims,’ as Coronavirus Anxiety Deepens

Long-time financial services entrepreneur Bruce Bruinsma is hosting the Nov. 12-14 Retirement Reformation Roundtable in Colorado Springs, Colo., from which he will launch a movement inspiring and equipping Christians to a more active and fulfilling "final quarter," listening to God's call and in service to others.

COLORADO SPRINGS — The founder of a movement to inject purpose into the lives of America’s retirees today challenged seniors to take the lead in the battle against coronavirus-induced anxiety and panic. A new survey by the American Psychiatric Association revealed almost half of Americans are anxious about catching the coronavirus and more than a… Continue reading Seniors can be ‘Ambassadors of Hope,’ not ‘Victims,’ as Coronavirus Anxiety Deepens

Darryl Strawberry Hits Big Home Run

ST. LOUIS, MO – The coldest place in the world on the evening of October 1, 1985, was the first row of the upper deck of Busch Stadium in St. Louis. I know. I was there. I had purchased tickets weeks in advance for myself and some friends, knowing that we would be in St.… Continue reading Darryl Strawberry Hits Big Home Run

When Was the First Bible Printed in America?

ROXBURY, MA – Thousands of Bibles have been printed in America, but you probably know little about the very first Bible printed here? Read on and be amazed. The Bible Is a Missionary’s Main Tool This fact should not be a surprise. The Bible says that “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word… Continue reading When Was the First Bible Printed in America?

Chinese Pastor Refusing to Join Communist Controlled Church Arrested for ‘Subversion’ | The Christian Post

A house church pastor in China’s Hunan province has been arrested for “inciting subversion of state power” after he refused to join the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s Three-Self Patriotic Association. Radio Free Asia reports that pastor Zhao Huaiguo, the founder of Bethel Church, was arrested on April 2 in China’s Hunan province, after being criminally… Continue reading Chinese Pastor Refusing to Join Communist Controlled Church Arrested for ‘Subversion’ | The Christian Post

New Report on Malaria Scourge Now Available from Gospel for Asia

WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) has released a new special report, “Mosquito-Driven Scourge Touches Even Developed Nations,” in coordination with the international observance of World Malaria Day on April 25. You may wonder why we should be concerned about malaria while the world is… Continue reading New Report on Malaria Scourge Now Available from Gospel for Asia

#YFCBetheStory: Youth For Christ Life Change Still Happens Every Day

CLEVELAND — For many ministries serving youth, the way they gather and engage has changed drastically. While these circumstances are temporary, organizations like Youth For Christ USA (YFC) are being creative in how they connect and serve. Through a new way to share stories called #YFCBetheStory, YFC is spreading the word about how YFC chapters… Continue reading #YFCBetheStory: Youth For Christ Life Change Still Happens Every Day

AMOR: 85-foot Boats Bring Good News to Amazon River Basin

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Over 1,000 tributaries flow into the Amazon River Basin that stretches over 4,345 miles. Because the mighty Amazon flows into the Atlantic Ocean in northern Brazil, many people suppose that the river basin lies entirely within Brazil. The Amazon River Basin actually runs through Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela as… Continue reading AMOR: 85-foot Boats Bring Good News to Amazon River Basin

Cuban Pastors ‘Spread the Gospel, Help Save Lives’ on Their Coronavirus Masks

Pastors in Cuba share the Gospel while helping save lives by having Bible verses printed on their face masks during the Coronavirus pandemic. Photo by World Help

HAVANA – As Cuba deals with the coronavirus pandemic, a group of pastors is banding together to help save lives and share the gospel message. Vernon Brewer, the CEO and founder of World Help, a Christian humanitarian aid organization, shared about the creative idea in the island nation that relies heavily on tourism. One man… Continue reading Cuban Pastors ‘Spread the Gospel, Help Save Lives’ on Their Coronavirus Masks

‘The Great Quarantine Revival’: Pulse Sees More than 100,000 Professions of Faith via Virtual Events

MINNEAPOLIS — More than 100,000 people from dozens of countries across the world indicated they wanted to put their faith in Jesus after hearing the gospel during recent, virtual evangelistic events hosted by Nick Hall and Pulse. The responses, which came via international call centers, email, website and text messages, are evidence that God is… Continue reading ‘The Great Quarantine Revival’: Pulse Sees More than 100,000 Professions of Faith via Virtual Events

COVID-19: New Poll Reveals Almost Two Thirds of Churches See Drop in Giving

WASHINGTON — A new “State of the Plate” poll involving more than 1,000 churches across all 50 states shows that more than six out of 10 churches have seen a decline in offerings since the coronavirus outbreak began. The news comes as the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) — a national organization serving 40 denominations… Continue reading COVID-19: New Poll Reveals Almost Two Thirds of Churches See Drop in Giving

Friends in Action: Moving Earth to Share Heaven

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA – Erecting water towers, building boats, digging wells, welding roof trusses, laying pipe, mixing concrete, and constructing roads and bridges may not sound like missionary work, but they are typical of the work of Friends in Action. FIA is a faith-based organization founded in 1992 as Friends of New Tribes Missions (now known… Continue reading Friends in Action: Moving Earth to Share Heaven

Coronavirus Crisis: Australia Calls World to Pray & Fast for USA 30 April — 7 May 2020

UNANDERRA, AUSTRALIA — For the eighth consecutive year, Australia is calling the nations of the world to join with them in 8 days of prayer and fasting for the United States of America, from 30 April – 7 May 2020. May 7 is America’s National Day of Prayer. The theme is “GODS GLORY – Across… Continue reading Coronavirus Crisis: Australia Calls World to Pray & Fast for USA 30 April — 7 May 2020

Largest Children’s Ministry in the World Comes to a Halt

WARRENTON, MO — Thousands of CEF staff members and hundreds of thousands of volunteers teach millions of boys and girls daily in weekly face-to-face Good News Clubs. Suddenly, COVID-19 brings that to a halt. Staff, volunteers and children can’t leave their homes. Is the children’s ministry “dead in the water?” Immediately, CEF International Headquarters and… Continue reading Largest Children’s Ministry in the World Comes to a Halt

Survey Reveals America’s Greatest Existential Threat

PHOENIX, AZ – The most significant existential threat for America is not the Coronavirus. Nor is it China, Iran, Russia, or North Korea. It is also not the potential collapse of our economy and supply chains. Continuing analysis by the American Worldview Inventory 2020 points out that “One-third of the nation’s adults who have chosen… Continue reading Survey Reveals America’s Greatest Existential Threat

Missing Lawyer Wins Award — Receives Human Rights Prize

MIDLAND, TX — A panel of judges unanimously chose to grant the annual Lin Zhao Freedom Award to disappeared lawyer Gao Zhisheng. As an attorney, Gao served people prosecuted by the Chinese Communist Party for decades. For his work, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. China, however, targeted him, and he spent years… Continue reading Missing Lawyer Wins Award — Receives Human Rights Prize

The Incredible Work of CFK in North Korea

BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC – Frankly, I was surprised to learn of a Christian ministry actively working in North Korea. Then, I discovered CFK (not to be confused with KFC), Christian Friends of Korea. I was amazed by how the Lord has opened doors for CFK and how much He has accomplished through them in the… Continue reading The Incredible Work of CFK in North Korea

World Malaria Day Report 2020: Confronting a Global Emergency

GENEVA — Every year, April 25th is set aside by public health officials as World Malaria Day. Should we even be concerned about malaria during the Coronavirus pandemic? Hasn’t malaria been eradicated? The answers to those questions are ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ in that order. The RBM Partnership to End Malaria currently identifies malaria as “a… Continue reading World Malaria Day Report 2020: Confronting a Global Emergency

Amid Starvation Fears ‘World’s Biggest Lockdown’ Enters Critical Phase Says Gospel for Asia

GFA World’s humanitarian efforts continue as ‘commendable’ Indian prime minister extends COVID-19 stay-at-home orders; 1.3 billion people ‘in hands of God’ WILLS POINT, TX — The world’s biggest coronavirus lockdown has been extended — leaving more than a billion people in India on the edge of survival amid fears of mass starvation, mission agency Gospel… Continue reading Amid Starvation Fears ‘World’s Biggest Lockdown’ Enters Critical Phase Says Gospel for Asia

Baha’i Leader: Iran Keeping Up to 100 Baha’is in Prisons Under Virus Threat | Voice of America

WASHINGTON – An international organization representing Baha’is says it is extremely concerned about Iran’s ongoing detention of up to 100 Baha’is at risk of contracting the coronavirus in Iranian prisons. In a VOA Persian interview on Monday, the Baha’i International Community’s chief representative to the U.N. in New York, Bani Dugal, said an estimated 50… Continue reading Baha’i Leader: Iran Keeping Up to 100 Baha’is in Prisons Under Virus Threat | Voice of America

Bible Study Media Gives Away Hope, New Life in Time of Need

Christian publisher offers contents of newly launched book via online community platformHOUSTON — Bible Study Media (BSM), a Christian curriculum publishing ministry and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, announced today it will offer content from one of their recently launched books to the public at no cost through their new online community platform. “We are living in… Continue reading Bible Study Media Gives Away Hope, New Life in Time of Need

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