CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (ANS - January 18, 2017) -- Local prayer partners from the campus community here are joining in solidarity with university students nationwide for 40 days of fasting and prayer. On Friday, Inauguration Day, community and church leaders are setting aside a special all-day "Prayer Watch" with prayer breakfasts and events in Washington, DC....More»
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS -- January 18, 2017) -- He is one of the most outspoken athletes in America about his Christian faith. During his college football career, he frequently wore references to biblical verses on his eye black and his signature stance kneeling and praying on the sidelines became a modern neologism known as 'Tebowing.'...More»
ST. LOUIS, MO (ANS -- January 18, 2017) -- Sex trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that forces children and adults to engage in commercial sex acts against their will.
Young victims are coerced into the sex trade through fraud, drugs, force, debt bondage and intimidation at an average age of 12 to 14. According to UNICEF*, 5.5 million children worldwide are trafficked each year....More»
Somewhere in East Asia, a man steps onto a crowded bus after a busy day at work. As usual, there is nowhere to sit and his wearied legs find no rest on the long commute home.
People in East Asia have more freedom, more income and more material possessions than past generations. But this abundance does not always lead to a higher quality of life. Long commutes, high costs of living, endless hours at work, overcrowded cities, and polluted environments have left many people like the man on the bus -- without peace, hope or fulfillment....More»
PARIS, FRANCE (ANS - January 17, 2017) -- Britain's change of heart over their Israel policy is a welcome answer to prayer, and goes some way to make amends for their shameful betrayal when voting for the recent UN resolution aimed at delegitimizing the Jewish state.
But their refusal to sign the Paris "peace conference" communiqué is nevertheless a contradiction, reflecting the moral confusion of a government no longer recognizing right from wrong....More»
UGANDA (ANS - January 17, 2017) -- While they have never qualified for the World Cup, the Ugandan national Rugby Union team known as the Cranes finds inspiration for their play with prayer and hymn-singing before and after each game.
“If I live a holy life, shun the wrong and do the right, I know the Lord will make a way for me,” the Cranes sing together....More»
LONDON, UK (ANS, January 17, 2017) -- Religious persecution is a major factor for the increase in numbers of refugees from countries where identifying as a Christian has become extremely dangerous.
mi Turkey syrian refugees 01 17 2017In the latest annual survey of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian, the charity Open Doors UK & Ireland noted that more than half of the world’s 65.3m refugee population come from Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria....More»
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS - January 16, 2017) -- I remember when I came to the realization that words matter. I was sitting in a college English class in Fremont, California, when we were reading and discussing T.S Eliot's poem, Journey of the Magi. And for some reason I had an epiphany while contemplating the 43-line poem. True, the poem is an amazing piece of verse. But it wasn't necessarily the exclusiveness of the poem that prompted the feeling. Rather, Journey of the Magi acted as a final destination for my own journey with language, a metaphor for the wonder of words....More»
GROVE, OK (ANS – January 15, 2017) -- “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” -- Psalm 139:23-24 (TLB)....More»
When Billy Graham started making movies in 1951 through World Wide Pictures, the motion picture division of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), he didn't intend to entertain Christians.
In fact, some Christ-followers were wary of motion pictures....More»
A thousand miles off the Florida coast is the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States and the first place Franklin Graham will share the Gospel with the masses in 2017.
The Festival of Hope (or Festival de Esperanza) will be held Feb. 10-12 in the capital of San Juan, one of the largest harbors in the Caribbean....More»
A Hungarian camerawoman who was filmed kicking refugees in 2015 was handed 3 years probation for disorderly conduct by prosecutors on Thursday.
The camerawoman, 40-year-old Petra Laszlo, caused international outrage after she was filmed kicking and tripping refugees, including young children, near the Hungary-Siberia border in September 2015. In a court ruling last year, she was charged with "breach of peace"....More»
After several days of pleading with the public to help find his 14-year-old adopted daughter who he said may have run off with the help of "someone she must have met online," a pastor in Universal City, Texas, is now rejoicing after she was found alive and reunited with her family.
Five years after having to put his NBA career on hold to undergo an open heart surgery stemming from an aortic aneurysm, Jeff Green is counting his blessings and glorifying God for the opportunity to play professional basketball once again....More»
LifeWay Christian Stores across the country will host a nationwide Bible study workshop next week to help people better understand Scripture, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press.
The Jan. 17 workshop will teach participants how to conduct a devotional Bible study and how to apply the teachings of Scripture to life.
"This event is another great example of something customers will find in their local LifeWay Store, where we are striving to walk with them every step of the way," said Nathan Magness, director of marketing strategy....More»
LONDON, UK (ANS - January 14, 2017) -- Here in the United States, on Monday, January 16, 2017, we are celebrating "Martin Luther King Jr. Day" and this annual event has brought memories flooding back to me.
For, you see, back in 1969, one of my earliest interviews as a journalist with Billy Graham's then London-based newspaper, The Christian, which at the time was the oldest Evangelical newspaper in the world, was with Coretta Scott King....More»