Thursday, August 16, 2012

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TBN Second Chance Brings Life-Changing Christian TV to California's San Quentin Prison

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Trinity Broadcasting Network announced that it has launched four of its most popular faith channels at California's San Quentin State Prison through TBN Second Chance, the network's innovative program that takes life-changing Christian programming to correctional facilities all over the nation.
Mark Reynolds, national director for TBN Second Chance, explained that following several years of planning and coordination with officials at the facility and the California Department of Corrections, San Quentin's over 5,000 inmates now have access to TBN's four top faith networks: TBN's flagship channel; JCTV network for teens and young adults; the Church Channel, featuring America's best worship services and ministry programs; and Enlace, the TBN affiliated Spanish-language Christian network.
Reynolds noted that the launch at San Quentin, California's oldest state prison, follows a similar launch in June at the state's second oldest facility, Folsom Prison, which houses over 3,000 inmates. "We are now very close to completing our coverage of California's state correctional facilities," said Reynolds, "which means that tens of thousands of men and women now have access to a broad array of programming that will spiritually nurture and educate them, impacting their lives for now and eternity."
For the past several years TBN Second Chance has worked closely with correctional officials and cable and satellite companies like Glorystar Satellite Systems to bring Christian television to prison facilities in California, Florida, Ohio, Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri -- 31 states so far. TBN covers the cost of equipment and installation, and inmates are provided with up to four of TBN's most popular networks.
TBN founder and President Paul Crouch said that TBN Second Chance represents the heart of the mission the network has pursued since its launch almost 40 years ago. "Broadcasting the life-changing message of the gospel to every corner of the earth, and into the most desperate of situations -- that has been God's call to TBN from day one," he said. "And we never cease to thank Him for the success He has given us through all of our networks, as well as through programs like TBN Second Chance."
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    Woman Rushed to Emergency Room from Idaho Planned Parenthood

    BOISE, Idaho, Aug. 16, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- An ambulance arrived at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Boise, Idaho, this afternoon and transported a woman to St. Luke's Hospital in Boise where she was admitted to the Emergency Room. The cause of the medical emergency and condition of the woman is currently unknown; however, activists confirm that abortions were performed today at that Planned Parenthood facility.
    Pro-life activists documented the incident with photos and video.
    This incident comes less than a month after 24-year old Tonya Reaves died from hemorrhage after receiving an abortion at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Chicago. Just four days after Reaves' death, Pres. Barack Obama made comments on the campaign trail supporting Planned Parenthood and calling efforts to halt tax-payer funding of the abortion giant "a bad idea."
    "Mr. President, yet another woman has been hospitalized after a visit to Planned Parenthood. We ask that instead of shamelessly promoting your campaign contributor, Planned Parenthood, that you show some human compassion for the plight of the vulnerable pregnant women they are harming and stop supporting and funding them," said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation.
    "This is more evidence that Planned Parenthood is out of control and posing a serious threat to the lives and health of women nationwide. This is the eleventh medical emergency documented by Operation Rescue at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in the past 18 months."
    Planned Parenthood has been racked with scandal in recent months. Whistleblower suits filed by former Planned Parenthood employees in California, Texas, and Iowa allege massive billing fraud as several affiliates have been forced to close due to financial malfeasance. There was public outcry after documentation surfaced that Planned Parenthood specifically targets minority communities, especially Blacks, for abortion. A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Kansas faces criminal charges for illegal late-term abortions.
    "We are especially concerned for the safety of women at the Boise Planned Parenthood after today's incident. We will work together with other activists in Idaho to ensure that this incident is thoroughly investigated by the proper authorities," said Newman.
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  • Iraqi Christian Exodus from Mosul Continues Due to Unabated Violence

    SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 16, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Mosul is now one of the most violent cities in Iraq with Christians and other minorities often targets of the violence.

    As a result, thousands of Christians have left the Iraqi city since 2003 when U.S. forces deposed Saddam Hussein. The war triggered a wave of continuous violence in the second largest city in Iraq.

    Before 2003, Mosul was home to 75,000 Christians. Approximately 70 percent belonged to the Chaldean Church, while the rest were Syriac Orthodox and Catholic. Now approximately 25,000 Christians live in Mosul, which has a population of 2 million. Many more Christians live in the surrounding Nineveh province.

    Dr. Carl Moeller, Open Doors USA President/CEO, labels the attacks against Christians in Mosul and all of Iraq as "religicide." He states: "Christians in cities like Baghdad and Mosul are gripped by terrorism. They are fleeing in droves. Today it was reported that at least 20 people died in blasts and shootings across the country.

    "With the spotlight currently on Syria, Nigeria and Afghanistan and the pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq last December, Iraq has been placed on the back-burner. But we as Christians in the West must continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Iraq, who face extinction if we don't pray and advocate for them."

    Almost no day passes without someone being killed by bombs or bullets in the city, which is the capital of Nineveh province. The violence targets Christians but also policemen, soldiers or officials working for the government. In the midst of all this, it's not difficult to find examples of growing hostility towards Christians. In May, for example, it was reported that 20 families living in Mosul received threatening letters. The letters said that they had to move out of Mosul or face possible violence or kidnapping.

    A Mosul Christian said terrorists in Mosul visited four real estate agents, asking the names of Christians who recently sold their houses. With this information, they know who has money and might be possible targets for kidnappings. "One of the agents refused to give information to the terrorists and was killed," a spokesman for Open Doors said.

    Also in Mosul, the house of a Christian was set on fire, and the police dismantled a bomb placed in the car of another Christian.

    General Ahmed M. Aljaboury, director general of the Mosul police, said: "Between 2005 and 2011 our operational command recorded the assassination of about 69 Christians, including university students, priests, female employees and housewives."

    Two waves of killings and intimidation in 2008 and 2010 sent Christians fleeing from Mosul in such haste that the United Nations had to arrange emergency assistance. Many Christians have fled to Turkey, Jordan, Europe and the United States.

    Before the Gulf War in 1991, the number of Christians in Iraq, ranked No. 9 on the Open Doors 2012 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians, was estimated over 1 million. That number fell to an estimated 850,000 in 2003. Since then the numbers have plummeted. Open Doors estimates the number of Christians remaining in Iraq at 345,000. However, the number decreases every month.

    The role of Open Doors in Iraq includes distributing Bibles and Christian literature to churches and Internally Displaced People; supporting a project which translates literature, including the Bible, into the Kurdish languages; training of church leaders and new Christians; and training leaders in trauma counseling, especially to children.

    An estimated 100 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Christ, with millions more facing discrimination and alienation. Open Doors supports and strengthens believers in the world's most difficult areas through Bible and Christian literature distribution, leadership training and assistance, Christian community development, prayer and presence ministry and advocacy on behalf of suffering believers. To partner with Open Doors USA, call toll free at 888-5-BIBLE-5 (888-524-2535 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            888-524-2535      end_of_the_skype_highlighting) or go to our Website at

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    Church hosts back to school haircuts

    Officials at Pittsburg’s Victory Life Church and local hair stylists gathered at the church Monday evening to send area kids back to school looking sharp, free of charge.
    For each of the past five years, pastor Donnie Talent and volunteers from his church have taken names and recruited area stylists for the event, and each year it’s grown. Last year’s event was attended by 150 kids. This year more than 200 kids signed up, prompting Talent to host it at the church for the first time to accommodate the volume. The kids come from a wide variety of homes, including some who can’t afford a haircut after purchasing school supplies and clothes, and some who simply come from large families.
    “This is a great opportunity to take care of that need,” Talent said.
    This year, Talent and church members took the event to the next level. Jumpin’ Jake’s Bouncers brought an inflatable slide, the Yates family cooked free hot-dogs for everyone, and the Pittsburg Police Department brought one of its D.A.R.E. cars to show the kids. American Lawn sponsored a Tropical Snow stand, and Pittsburg Pepsi handed out free cans of soda. Inside, the stylists’ booths were each sponsored by a local business.

    We Are Woman Rally, ObamaCare Mandate Represent War on Women's Health

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Aug. 16, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- The group, Think Progress (funded by billionaire atheist George Soros) is organizing the We Are Woman Rally which is set to take place in Washington D.C. on August 18, 2012. Its leaders claim to work for women's rights, but by promoting access to induced abortion and use of hormonal steroids (i.e. the birth control pill and Depo Provera birth control), they are sickening women.

    They would have us believe the absurdity that those who dare to oppose Planned Parenthood's greed and the population control agenda of the U.S. government and some billionaires are the ones waging a war on women.

    Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer said, "It is ludicrous to suggest that women will have more freedom and will be 'empowered' by taking cancer-causing hormonal steroids, i.e. birth control pills, injections, vaginal rings, skin patches and some IUDs.

    "Real empowerment of women means being free from the risks associated with taking these hormonal steroids, which can include not only cancer, but heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, gall bladder disease, urinary tract infections, bone mineral density loss and increased susceptibility to HIV/AIDS. [1] Fifty-three of 69 epidemiological studies link induced abortion with increased breast cancer risk. [2]

    "With its mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requiring insurers to provide women with free health-damaging hormonal steroids, but not free life-saving chemotherapy, ObamaCare represents not only an attack on the rights to religious freedom and conscience, but also a grave attack on women's health. 

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