She hid Jews in WWII, became a Nazi's sex slave after she was discovered

POLAND (ANS - March 18, 2017) -- She was only a teenager when Hitler's Panzer divisions overran her beloved Poland, separating the young nursing student from her family, and launching her on a mission a Catholic girl with Aryan features might never have imagined -- rescuing Jews from certain death. "God blessed my hands to save many lives," said Irene Gut Opdyke, shortly before her passing in 2003. Opdyke was honored by the Israeli Holocaust Commission in 1982 as one of the "Righteous Among t

The real St. Patrick

Saint Patrick is remembered as the man who drove the snakes from Ireland. Each March 17th, the color green is worn with pride and various forms of celebration erupt in western Europe and America. However, the real story of St. Patrick is one of a man on mission. Not a mission to drive out snakes and party but to bring the power of the gospel to his Irish captors. In the fifth century, as the Roman Empire was collapsing, Patrick was captured by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland from his nativ

Toxic Bodies, whole Lives

Cancer attacks healthy tissue and turns it toxic. Modern medicine attacks these toxic cells with surgery, poisonous medications and lethal radiation. The question becomes whether the human body can survive the treatment. Two years ago the decision was made to attack my cancer with a combination of toxic chemicals and targeted radiation. The plan was to eliminate the toxic cells.before they spread throughout my body.

7 Hidden Costs of Attempting to Eliminate Risk

Every leader I know attempts to limit a certain amount of risk when making decisions or leading change. We should attempt to have good systems, adequate resources, and even contingency or emergency plans. We don't want to jeopardize the organization - ultimately the people - we are trying to lead. The problem for some leaders, however, is they confuse limiting risk with attempting to eliminate risk. I'm not sure we can ever fail-proof anything completely, so it's a futile attempt at best. The

7 Things I’ve Learned about Following God

For the last 30 years or so, I've attempted to listen to, obey and follow the voice of God. I have never heard it audibly but I have had it for only impressed upon my heart and mind. I have actually been a believer for over 40 years, but I got serious about my faith in my early 20's. It's been a long road, and I'm still a pilgrim in the process, but I've learned a few things along the way. These are based totally on my personal experience.

The Leader’s Crisis of Belief

Every leader at some point faces a crisis of belief in their leadership - or what her or she is attempting to lead. Questions such as: Will this work? Is there a better way?

Why is sin Attractive to your Children?

Selfishness, lies, anger, self-pity, cruelty, come naturally to your children. On the surface these sins appear out-of-character for the infant in your arms who just wants to be warm, fed and held close. So, when the ugly indicators of a dark heart emerge, it is easy to be surprised and taken aback. Too often the response to dark hearts is to increase creature comforts, to focus on the external issues as if children were still infants needing to be warm with full tummies and a clean diaper. Thus

The Earthquake that was my Life until I found Christ

ROCHESTER, NY (ANS - March 17, 2017) -- My story begins in "Surf City," Huntington Beach, Southern California, where I was living at the time. On that fateful morning of June 28, 1992, my daughter and I were soundly sleeping, that was until at 4:57 AM, when apartment building where I was living, started to shake. It grew stronger and stronger and for that minute, my daughter, Tiffany, and myself, had by now jumped out of our beds, and stood shaking between the bedroom door jam on the secon

‘I AM Manel - Not Moses: The Thoughts of an Indigenous Leader

LA UNION, PUEBLA, MEXICO (ANS March 16, 2017) -- It was back in 1972 when Manuel Arenas, a Totonac Indian, born in a primitive hut in Zapotitlan, Mexico, and who turned out to be a brilliant young Indian man, began reaching out to his own people with what was then called the Totonac Bible Center, Inc. Right from his early days, Manuel exhibited a fiery curiosity about life beyond the green canyons that hemmed his village, and the course of his life changed radically when he met an American Wy

It's Time to Quit Talking to ourselves

CARROLLTON, GA (ANS - March 13, 2017) -- It was good to see an article in a recent issue of the Guardian Weekly (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/12/my-neighbour-murdered-my-family-now-we-are-friends-rwanda-genocide) which pointed to the pioneering work being done by Prison Fellowship Rwanda to bring reconciliation to that country which still suffers the psychological pain of a mass genocide 22 years ago. What was refreshing, in addition to the delicate but successful work of the ag