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Radio Ministry Reaches Colombian Drug Zones

Drug trafficking brings an estimated $6 billion into Colombia each year. The country's government is fighting against it, but still the market continues.

One aspect that greatly affects the lives of thousands of people in Colombia is the constant conflict between the government and the FARC, a guerrilla movement that has proclaimed itself as a socialist anti-imperialist organization. To fund their terrorist activities, they get as much as $2 million a day in illicit drug proceeds. Some FARC units in southern Colombia are reported to be directly involved in drug trafficking activities such as controlling local cocaine base markets.


Holy Spirit Breathes Life Into Infected Lungs

Makul Pillai worshipped many gods and goddesses, but his spirit still wasn't satisfied. When he fell sick one day with severe breathing problems, he didn't even bother petitioning his gods for help. Instead, his family took him to the hospital.

He was diagnosed with a severe lung infection that would require three days of treatment. After being discharged from the hospital, Makul happened to meet Gospel for Asia-supported missionary Siraj Rangan who was serving in his region. Makul shared the agony of his health problems with the missionary, and Siraj assured Makul that it was Jesus Christ who could take away his infirmity.

Siraj then prayed for him and invited the distraught man to attend a Sunday worship service.


Intervarsity Press Honors Evangelist John Stott

Tributes continue to roll in for John Stott, the world-famous pastor, theologian, author of numerous best-selling books and Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church in London. He died Tuesday at the age of 90.

New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote (quoting Michael Cromartie of the Ethics and Public Policy Center) that if evangelicals chose a pope, they would likely select John Stott.

As a principal framer of the Lausanne Covenant (1974), a defining statement for evangelical Christians, Stott was at the heart of evangelical renewal in the U.K. for more than half a century. In 2005, he was honored by Time Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World." His many books and sermons have inspired and transformed millions throughout the world.


YWAM Organizes Famine Relief in Africa's Horn

While aid groups and political movements argue about the severity of the food crisis in the eastern Horn of Africa, it is clear to everyone that an overwhelming number of people are desperate for help in this region that has experienced two consecutive poor rainy seasons. The drought in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya has resulted in a humanitarian crisis worse than any seen for more than 60 years.

YWAM associates in east Africa have reported from the area that the crisis is worse in some areas than others. In parts of Kenya alone, drought victims number over 4 million—many of them are unreached tribal people, and 80 percent of the victims are women and children. In Somalia, the victims number around 3.7 million.


Pastor Calls US to National Repentance

With Gov. Rick Perry's controversial prayer event just a week away, Pastor Steven Andrew is joining a growing crowd of voices calling on Christians in the United States to repent for the sins of the nation. The founder of USA Christian Ministries wants to see God's healing come to our land according to 2 Chronicles 7:14.

"God has an answer for the crisis the USA is facing. He asks us to turn from our wicked ways as a nation and by doing so He will heal our land—He will fix the economy and give us strong families," says Steven. "God loves us."


Billy Graham Remembers Evangelist John Stott

The Rev. John Stott, one of the most influential evangelical thinkers of the 20th Century, died in London Wednesday. He was 90.

“The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen,” said Billy Graham in a statement, “and I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisors. I look forward to seeing him again when I go to heaven.”

Stott’s death was announced on the website of All Souls Langham Place, the church he attended as a child, then led as rector after he was ordained. It was there, during the 1954 London Crusade, that Graham first met Stott.

In 1955, Stott introduced Graham to C.S. Lewis and in 1960, Stott participated in a gathering of 33 Christians leaders in Switzerland, led by Graham, that discussed God’s strategy in missions and evangelism.


Leader John Stott Dies at Age 90

John R. W. Stott, author and influential leader of evangelism, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 90.

Born in London in 1921, Stott was raised in All Souls Church and later began his ministry there after being ordained in 1945. Early on he began teaching of salvation and his tone for evangelism flourished.

He began his work as an author in the late 1940s. Over the years he had written and published more than 40 books. Perhaps his best known work Basic Christianity has been translated into more than 60 languages.

Stott's leadership and influence permeated throughout England, into America and across the globe as he visited Third World countries. His travels helped him discover the incredible growth of the Christian church in the non-Western world. Moreover, he saw a lack of maturity. In an effort to raise the standards of biblical preaching, Stott founded the Langham Partnership International and John Stott Ministries in the United States in 1974.


Revival Strikes Arkansas Church

In order to place an Arkansas city of about 3,500 on the map, God used a revival.

Although a revival was scheduled for Feb. 6, those of First Assembly of God in Paris, Ark., craved revival at the turn of the new year. For the last several years, a time of prayer and fasting kicks off the new year for the church. But as 2011 rolled around, Senior Pastor Ken Maness says a unique intensity developed and he knew God was about to do something big.

“The Lord just began to move. People were just getting healed. We were just having tremendous services; people getting saved,” Maness explains.


Judge Allows Federal Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

President Obama signing executive order

A federal judge’s Wednesday ruling allows the federal government to continue funding embryonic stem cell research.

As U.S. District Judge Royce Lambreth sees it, his hands are tied by an appellate court decision that reversed his August 2010 order to stop funding based on a federal law prohibiting the practice.

“While it may be true that by following the Court of Appeals’ conclusion as to the ambiguity of ‘research,’ this Court has become a grudging partner in a bout of ‘linguistic jujitsu,’ ... such is life for an antepenultimate court,” Lambreth wrote in his ruling.  “Therefore the D.C. Circuit’s conclusion that the term ‘research’ in the Dickey-Wicker Amendment is ambiguous binds this Court.”


Daystar Broadcasts ‘Celebration’ Live from Israel

Long-time supporters of Israel, Daystar founders Marcus and Joni Lamb are broadcasting Celebration, a television broadcast that features moving testimonies, top best-selling and new Christian authors, and leaders in faith and business, live from Israel.

“This is historic, so as Jesus told His disciples, ‘Watch and pray!,” Lamb says. “The Lord has really blessed us for Daystar to own this building and for it to have new HD equipment."

The Lambs are producing the popular broadcast from Daystar’s Jerusalem Studio on Mt. Zion. The show airs at 11 a.m. CT. The broadcast will be replayed at 8 p.m. and midnight.


Athiests Attack World Trade Center Memorial Cross

The World Trade Center Memorial seems like a logical place to erect a symbol of Christianity. But an atheist group is challenging the cross at this historic location.

American Athiests wants to tear down the World Trade Center cross at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City and has filed a lawsuit, American Atheists v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in New York state court Monday. But Christian legal experts say the attempt is completely out of step with the Constitution.

“One atheist group’s agenda shouldn’t diminish the sacrifice made by the heroes of 9/11,” says ADF Senior Counsel Byron Babione. “A cross like this one simply does not amount to a government establishment of religion under either the U.S. Constitution or the New York Constitution.


Sex Trafficking Addressed in Porn Harms Campaign

Now in its third week, Morality in Media’s month-long “Be Aware: PORN HARMS” National Awareness Campaign is focusing on the links between pornography and sex trafficking.

“Pornography is not only used to train those being trafficked, but it also breaks down the conscience of its viewer,” says Patrick Trueman, president of Morality in Media. “Men are encouraged to act on what they see, and often times those actions are taken out on victims of trafficking.”

Dawn Hawkins, Morality in Media’s executive director and director of the Be Aware: PORN HARMS campaign, says this week’s events will shock viewers who think sex trafficking only takes place in foreign countries.

More Than Gold U.K.

London Olympics Outreach Pleads for Missionaries

As athletes prepare to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics and the City of London gets ready to host the games, churches in the United Kingdom are also gearing up for the international event.

Churches across the U.K. plan to use the Olympics to reach out to international visitors and to their own communities. The initiative is called More Than Gold.

Jon Burns, More Than Gold's U.K. director, says: “The world is coming to London and the churches here are getting ready. But we need hundreds of mission teams from the U.S. and elsewhere to help us make the most of this historic opportunity.”

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Peaceful Protests Turn Violent in Malawi

A protester burns vegetation in a street in Lilongwe,
Malawi, on July 20. (
AP Images/Diane Boles)

In the past, Malawi has affectionately been known as the "warm heart of Africa." Over the last week, however, headlines have popped up indicating that recent unrest has turned Malawi upside down. So what exactly is happening in this typically friendly nation?

Stuart Palmer, CURE International executive director for CURE Malawi, says there is more than meets the eye with the recent violence that caused Malawi to take a place on international maps.

Despite rumors that protests turned deadly when government officials fired live ammo above an innocent crowd, Palmer says he hasn't felt threatened. "It hasn't been a terrible experience, what's happened in the last week in Malawi," says Palmer. "There've been many storm clouds building up to what happened over the last week."


Lao Authorities Arrest Christians for Evangelizing

Authorities in a village in northern Laos have ordered all Christian residents to cease meeting for worship in private homes following the arrest of four Christians on July 10, rights advocates said.

Also on July 10, police arrested a Christian in Luang Prabang Province, ordering him to abandon his faith or face imprisonment, according to a statement from the advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom.

In Luang Namtha Province, Pastor Seng Aroun of Kon church in Namtha district, and three other Christians from Sounya village church identified only as Souchiad, Naikwang and Kofa had met at Kofa’s house for Sunday worship on July 10, HRWLRF reported. Kofa had also asked them for advice regarding a vehicle accident in May in which he had unwittingly caused the death of another person.


Rebecca St. James Discusses Latest Album

In April, Rebecca St. James became a wife. As a public champion for purity and waiting for God’s best in a mate, this event is particularly poignant in her message and her story. She married Jacob Fink, a man who shares her heart for God, and who embodies the principles she sings about in her trademark song, "Wait For Me."

??Now on the other side of waiting for God’s best, an upcoming September book release—What Is He Thinking?—will be intended as a “handbook” for Christian dating geared for both men and women.?? A few weeks before her wedding, she released her latest worship project, I Will Praise You.


Prayer Initiative Organized for 9/11 Anniversary

While preparing the kids for another school year, you may add joining in united prayer to your to-do list.

In the months leading up to the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Assemblies of God and the Awakening American Alliance are working to make their Cry Out America prayer initiative a top priority.

The partnering groups believe that just as America was “shaken to its foundation” 10 years ago, the country needs to be shook again—this time with a Christ Awakening.

With a recessed economy, a dissolving church attendance and lack of absolute truth, united prayer seems to be the preferred means to battle America's critical spiritual condition.

John Maempa, director of the Office of Prayer and Spiritual Care says: “Desperate times call for desperate measures. We must seek God as never before for the moral and spiritual well-being of our nation. Pray that a powerful move of the Holy Spirit will transform our churches to become transformational in the culture.”


Children May Lose Religious Rights in Tajikistan

Parliament in Tajikistan adopted two new laws Thursday, which would ban most children under the age of 18 from religious activities.

As reported by Forum 18, these documents are to be forwarded to President Emomali Rahmon for his approval. If Rahmon signs these legal documents, it could spell out increased suppression of parent and child religious rights in the country.

Joel Griffith with Slavic Gospel Association says: "Apparently the presidential administration was sort of behind [the effort] to put this kind of a law through to begin with, so the initiative came from there. So if it's not signed, it would certainly be a miracle."


Christian Clubs Change Night Life Persona

As she throws a spin on Joshua 24:15, web-evangelist Ty Adams declares in a video blog, “But as for me and my house, we shall party!”

Christian nightclubs are springing up all across the country, many in some of America's largest cities. God is placing desires on the hearts of His people—desires to transform the lives of the unsaved through yet another transformation, that of a traditional club. The alcohol, smoke and racy lyrics are eliminated from the scene of these new clubs.

Ex-offender Nicholas Taylor answered a call from the Lord as he opened Chrisitan's Delight, a Christian-friendly nightclub in Forest Park, Ohio, on Friday. 


Ten Commandments Display Battles Still Brewing

Displays of the Ten Commandments continue to offend secular humanists. But Christian legal groups continue to defend the right to allow them in the public square.

The Liberty Council on Tuesday filed a Notice of Appeal on behalf of Dixie County, Fla., at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to defend the county's Open Forum policy. The policy allows private displays of law and history, including the Ten Commandments.

Liberty Counsel represents Dixie County in a federal lawsuit the ACLU filed in 2007 after the county permitted a local resident to erect a Ten Commandments monument outside the county courthouse, where other private displays are also allowed.

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