For 40 years Jesus House, a nondenominational Christian outreach organization, has been transforming the lives of those battling addiction, suffering from mental illness, or facing the perils of homelessness and poverty. More than a shelter, Jesus House is a hub of community support that transforms the lives of their residents, as well as the tens of thousands of people who depend on the work of Jesus House volunteers who seek out the needs of the community.
Early in the morning, before the sun peeks over the horizon, Jesus House volunteers in Oklahoma City, Okla., are fast at work preparing 100,000 meals a year to feed the homeless. Many provide aid to homebound senior citizens by repairing pipes, mowing lawns, building fences, and providing grocery baskets and bottled water, along with prayers for their brothers and sisters in Christ.
Rick Denny, who's been the director of Jesus House since 2011, is often invited to churches across the state of Oklahoma to speak about the impactful work the organization's staff and volunteers are doing to improve the lives of those who are living at the shelter, as well as the services they provide in their community. But one thing he has always wanted to bring along with him to churches and civic organizations is a house choir. more >>
Bill Gates spoke of Steve Jobs during his "60 Minutes" interview fondly, even getting emotional when remembering the Apple founder in the days before he died. The billionaire Microsoft co-founder and driven philanthropist didn't hesitate to share his last visit with his longtime rival.
Bill Gates talked about his complicated relationship with Steve Jobs in an interview with Charlie Rose on "60 Minutes," including Jobs' final months. Although the visionary Apple founder didn't have much time left in his battle with pancreatic cancer, he was still very "forward-looking," talking about "what we learned, families, anything."
"He showed me the boat he was working on and talked about how he's looking forward to being on it, even thought we both knew there was a good chance that wouldn't happen," Gates told Rose. "He was not being melancholy like, 'oh, I've been gypped.' It was very forward-looking." more >>
Alumni of a small, private Catholic liberal arts college located in Atchison, Kansas, protested on Saturday while Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) delivered the commencement address at the university.
The group of alumni, which also signed a petition urging the college to rescind Ryan's invitation to speak, argued that Ryan's budget proposal, which seeks to lower the national deficit by cutting entitlement programs, is against the Catholic values of helping the poor.
"Ryan's budget will seriously reduce the significant and necessary role played by the government in the lives of Americans in need," the petition, which was addressed to the college's president, Stephen Minnis, and signed by 365 supporters on change.org, stated. more >>
Liquid Church of Morristown, N.J. will be hosting a Superhero 5K run on Saturday, May 11 to raise money to campaign against dirty drinking water across the globe.
"Our church has a passion for bringing clean water to families in need around the globe," said Tim Lucas, Lead Pastor of the non-denominational Christian church in a press release. "It's time for us to leave our seats and take to the streets to be part of the solution to the global water crisis."
A party will be held at Pioneer Park and will also include a costume contest. The run is to support clean drinking water for all, especially because it is an readily solvable problem. more >>
An apparent homeless man in Austin, Texas, has recently garnered the attention of the Internet community for conducting what appears to be a social experiment to determine "which religion cares the most about the homeless."
A photo, which has gone viral on the sharing websites Reddit and Imgur, shows what appears to be a homeless man, who has been identified by one Reddit user as James of Austin sitting cross-legged in front of a store and holding a cardboard sign which reads "which religion cares the most about the homeless."
Those who have reportedly met the man claim that he said both atheists and Christians have donated the most money. more >>
In a famine, 260,000 died of starvation in Somalia, with at least half of victims being children aged 5 and under, a new report found. The famine, which happened in late 2010 and early 2011, killed more than twice the amount of people officials originally thought.
The famine in which 260,000 died was a combination of several factors: signs of food shortages across East Africa went largely ignored by the international community; radical militants exacerbated the problem by hindering food aid and deliveries across central Somalia; and many of the malnourished were unable to survive the journey out of the country due to sickness, hunger, or the militant extremists.
At the time, estimates out of the U.K. claimed that anywhere from 50,000-100,000 died in the famine, but now the death toll is much higher, according to the Associated Press. A new report by FEWSNET, a famine early warning system, used data from the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit to determine the true mortality rate during the famine. more >>