Thursday, November 2, 2017

Faith Behind Bars: Why Prison Pentacostalism Is Flourishing

To kick off his more general investigation of religion in Brazil’s prisons, Andrew Johnson spent two weeks living inside two different lockdown facilities. He slept in crowded cells with the inmates. He ate, played soccer, and conducted interviews, while observing and attending religious activities.
 

Pentecostalism Is Flourishing In Brazil's Prisons 

 

And he quickly narrowed his study to the primary faith expression that was pouring into the grim prisons from the outside community: Pentecostalism. It is flourishing within the hardest gang-populated units.

For the next several years, Johnson tracked the shape, history, and power of Pentecostalism as “the faith of the killable people.” In Rio, these are the urban poor, those with black and brown skin, those living in the swelling, improvised slum mazes known as favelas, where the narco-gangs have been an ongoing counter-state presence among a people long excluded from the benefits of official society.




See also: Christian Headline News at Elevate Christian Network
 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

All Florida Salvation Army Units Activated for Hurricane Irma

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Disaster Relief: All 47 Salvation Army units – from Pensacola to south Florida – are on standby and eager to assist residents in need. The Salvation Army is currently working on establishing five strategic staging areas which include Miami, Fort Myers, Palm Beach County, Vero Beach and Fort Lauderdale.


Cee Harmon’s insight:

Along with the 32 canteens (mobile kitchens), The Salvation Army also has a fleet of equipment which includes two bunkhouses, two shower trailers, one generator and a Ford utility truck, which will be deployed as needed to the Hurricane Irma impacted areas.

The Salvation Army has more than 3,000 trained volunteers and staff in Florida, ready to offer a warm meal, bottled water, coffee or offer emotional and spiritual care.

See also:  Project Hope: Humanitarian Aid


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Mia Moo Fund - Where Every Child Deserves a Smile | Jase and Missy Robertson

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The Mia Moo Fund is dedicated to raising awareness and funds towards research, treatments and causes of cleft lip & palate.

Cee Harmon’s insight:
The organization began in 2014 after Mia Robertson, daughter of Jase and Missy Robertson (Duck Dynasty), completed surgery for her cleft palate. As Mia entered surgery, thousands of supportive fans tweeted, blogged and talked about how strong and beautiful she was.
It was both empowering and inspiring. It has since become our mission to bring this type of support and love to each and every child that suffers from cleft lip and palate.

See also: Jase Roberson Finally Shaves Beard for Charity

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Africa: Five athletes heading from Kenya to 2017 IAAF championships in London

Five refugee athletes are heading to London from Kenya to compete in the World Athletics Championships opening this week, the first time in the competition’s 34-year history that refugees will be taking part.

Athletes from Kenya 

 

The athletes are pleased to have the opportunity to compete internationally after months of training in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Ahmed Bashir Farah, Anjelina Lohalith, Dominic Lobalu, Rose Lokonyen and Kadar Omar will be participating as members of the Athlete Refugee Team.


The Athlete Refugee Team were selected for the London championships after trials organized by the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation. Long-distance runner Tegla Loroupe is the world record holder for 20, 25 and 30 kilometres and has been coaching the five athletes and other refugees.

Part of the foundation’s mission is to promote the socio-economic development of poor and marginalized individuals and communities in northern Kenya and the Horn of Africa. It has organized annual Peace Races across East Africa. Continue reading...unhcr.org


See also: Christian World News Headlines at Elevate Christian Network

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Iowa: 3 survivors of Tanzania bus crash that killed 32 arrive in U.S.

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Samaritan’s Purse (BGEA): Three schoolchildren from Tanzania who were injured in a horrific bus crash that killed 29 of their classmates, two teachers and a bus driver arrived Monday afternoon in Sioux City, Iowa, where a heartland Christian ministry volunteered to finance their treatment and recovery.


Cee Harmon’s insight:
Franklin Graham’s humanitarian Christian group Samaritan’s Purse responded after STEMM, the Siouxland Tanzania Educational Medical Ministries, promised to help the three children, who were suffering from a wide range of broken bones and other injuries.
 



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Friday, May 12, 2017

Entertainment Lawyer on a Mission to Help Foster Kids

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Miles Cooley, orphaned at 5, is a high-end lawyer. Now with his friend lobbyist Duncan McFetridge he comes to Sacramento to advocate for foster kids.

Cee Harmon’s insight:

Miles Cooley’s mother had him when she was 17 in 1969, and fell in with a tough crowd, bikers. She’d leave for days at a time. One day he came home, and “she was lying on the floor dead.” She had overdosed. He was 5.

In 2010, he lobbied for a bill backed by his friend John Burton, the former Senate president pro tem who created a foundation to help foster children, that requires the state to care for foster kids until they turn 21. That was a major advance.

See also: What Can the Church Do to Care for Modern Day Orphans


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Olympic Gold Medalist Carly Patterson Thanks God for Answering Her Prayers

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Olympic gold medalist Carly Patterson is thanking God for answering her prayers after years of struggling to conceive a child with her husband Mark Caldwell. 

Cee Harmon’s insight:

Carly Patterson said, “Thankfully, God has answered our prayers and Baby Caldwell is due October 2017! Mark and I could not be more overjoyed for our little miracle and we cannot wait to start this journey of parenthood!”

See also: Pope Francis - 2017 Time 100 List


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