February 20, 2017
Two years ago on Feb. 15, a video was released showing members of the Islamic State, or ISIS, marching 21 captives, most of them Coptic Christians, along a beach on the southern Mediterranean coast.
February 15, 2017
- Dozens of Christian Reformed Church leaders and members, both young and old , and representing several ethnic groups,-- gathered recently for a time of learning, reflection, and fellowship at Sunlight Community CRC in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
- Considered one of the premier leaders for church planting in the Christian Reformed Church, Manny Ortiz passed away late last week at the age of 78 in Philadelphia. Friends says he was a man who had an uncanny ability to see what troubled people and find ways to help them.
- Ann Voskamp, author of the bestselling book A Thousand Gifts, was having a difficult time writing another book. As it turns out, a mystery gift that came in the mail helped to change that.
- Meet David, a courageous young man with a huge heart. At first sight, he may not seem like much of a threat. But, his small “stones” of love and compassion have been powerful weapons in putting an end to the “goliath” of poverty in this world.
- Miguel Jacob is of Lebanese descent and operates a quiberia, booth where he sells kibbehs, a meat dish native to his Lebanese culture. Lately, his quiberia in Brazil has become a drop-off spot for Cada Dia devotional booklets.
- Several Christian Reformed Church pastors and elders from New York and Vermont have been gathering for the past year or so, with the help of a Sustaining Pastoral Excellence grant, to pray, eat together, and tell the stories of their churches.
February 8, 2017
- At its recent meeting, the board of Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI) approved a motion to sell the Palos Heights, Ill., facilities and move its ministry headquarters into the Christian Reformed Church in North America’s Grand Rapids, Mich., offices.
- Serving in the war-torn country of South Sudan, Rev. Nancy Smith-Mather sees firsthand the suffering and pain that people in that country are experiencing.
- Last Sunday, David Dickerson told his story of being behind bars for more than 20 years and getting very little mail and only one visitor for much of that time.