As the death toll in the Philippines reaches over 3,600 from last week's devastating Typhoon Haiyan, Christian aid organizations continue to work endless hours delivering necessary supplies, such as food, water, and medicine to victims, 900,000 of whom have been displaced by the natural disaster. Christian relief agencies such as Integral Alliance and Food for the Hungry have told The Christian Post that while they're offering immediate assistance to those in need, they're also preparing for what is expected to be a long and arduous reconstruction period.
On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda, struck the island country in Southeast Asia with unprecendented strength and scope, flattening entire towns in its path, hitting the Eastern Visayas region, covering the islands of Leyte and Samar, the hardest. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the latest data includes 3,621 confirmed deaths, 1,140 missing and 12,166 injured. Additionally, several roads and bridges have been completely swept away, forcing some victims to travel hours by foot just to reach safe drinking water. Media reports indicate some survivors are drinking coconut water to stay alive, and experts have estimated the damage cost to be around $15 billion.
Integral Alliance, an international network of 19 Christian relief organizations and an affiliate of the World Evangelical Alliance, has launched a joint disaster response with 18 of its members, working either directly on-ground in the Philippines or through fundraising efforts in other parts of the world. Fiona Boshoff, International Director of Integral Alliance, told The Christian Post that right now the most immediate needs of Typhoon Haiyan victims are "water, food, medicine and shelter." more >>
Nick Capobianco lost his battle with leukemia in 2008, and in honor of his memory a special 48 hour video game marathon will be held to raise money to purchase the newest video game consoles for children staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.
Named, Nick's Marathon, it has been an annual event thrown by his friends the last few years because of his love and passion for playing video games.
It begins next Friday at 8 p.m., where his friends will meet to play for 48 consecutive hours with it being live streamed at http://www.nicksmarathon.org/. From that stream, people can donate towards the ultimate goal of raising at least $5,000. $1,346 has already been raised. more >>
A fake Facebook claiming to be evangelist Joyce Meyer has been soliciting donations toward a "ministry" by scamming Christians looking to support the church and an orphanage. Social media user Italia Bernhardt contacted the Christian Post to expose the scammer, which is in no way actually affiliated with Meyer.
Bernhardt said she would frequently post quotes from Meyer on her Facebook page to encourage others and help her get through the day. She was then baited by a fake account of the minister who was looking to put the ruse on unsuspecting believers.
"Dear beloved sister, God bless you for your concern, what do you think you can do to help this Orphans, do you wish to make a donation to the Orphans in Africa that my ministry is supporting or rather sponsoring a child in the Orphanage home?" the account sent her in a private message. more >>
A Maryland-based Roman Catholic religious order has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over the federal government's controversial preventive services mandate.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order that oversees multiple homes for the elderly, filed suit Wednesday in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
In the class action complaint, the Sisters argued that they cannot comply with the final rules of the mandate due to their religious views regarding "contraception, sterilization, abortifacients, and related education and counseling." more >>
Gospel singer and pastor Terrance Kennedy is the executive director of New Hope for the World Ministries, and the pastor of New Hope Community Church in Harlem, N.Y., and all this week he has been running Reach Week in NYC 2013.
Reach Week is New Hope's signature event that uses gospel music, fun activities, clinical help, and ministry outreach to serve the community of New York City in an attempt to lead people to Christ.
They have a state licensed HIV testing site where doctors of all cultures can provide care for people who desperately need it. In addition they have a huge choir with singers in it from all over the world. more >>
"Death, diamonds and greed. A charismatic U.S. businessman pursues an irresistible opportunity during one of the worst humanitarian crises of modern times." So reads the description for "Mission Congo," the much talked-about documentary that revisits allegations that Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson used Operation Blessing International (OBI), a medical and hunger relief charity, as a front to line his own pockets via the diamond mines of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) during the Rwandan refugee crisis.
After initially threatening a lawsuit against all offending parties, Operation Blessing now has issued a lengthy statement challenging the "malicious allegations" made in the film.
"We find it necessary to respond to not only the overall theme that Dr. Robertson somehow profited 'on the back of a non-existent aid project,' as was erroneously reported in the media, but also to clear up specific falsehoods about Operation Blessing's activities and other malicious and defamatory comments that have been made in the film by the filmmakers," reads the statement sent to The Christian Post by Chris Roslan, a spokesperson for Operation Blessing International and also Robertson's representative. more >>