Thursday, November 29, 2012

WORLD AIDS DAY: Boy survives with World Hunger Fund help

New owners of Family Christian Stores commit 100% of profits to Christian ministry

Family Christian, the nation’s largest Christian retail chain with 280 stores in 36 states, has announced that its management team and three Atlanta-based Christian businessmen have purchased the company. Family Christian is an important vendor of Wesleyan Publishing House products.
Previously, Family Christian had a policy of donating 10% of its profits to Christian charities. Under the new ownership, Family Christian’s pledge will be to donate 100% of its profits. Family Christian’s central mission has always been to provide ministry resources for Christian communities. The new owners and policies open the door for even greater impact, providing greater financial support for Kingdom causes, especially ministries serving widows and orphans in the U.S. and overseas.
“The management team and our investors are buying Family Christian because of our shared belief that the company is uniquely positioned to be both a best-in-class Christian retailer and also significant source of financial support to help those in need,” said Cliff Bartow, President and CEO of Family Christian. “We believe it’s the providence and sovereignty of God that we have met and now partner with our new co-owners, who share our passion and calling to Christian giving.”


Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Says God Comes Before Family and Work

ahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has outlined her main priorities in life in her first public interview since taking charge of the corporation, saying: "I think that for me, it's God, family and Yahoo – in that order."

While Mayer has not publicly discussed her personal faith, at the Fortune Most Powerful Women event in Palo Alto, Calif., on Tuesday night, the Yahoo CEO referenced Vince Lombardi, the legendary football coach of the Green Bay Packers whose Catholic faith played a prominent role in his life, as the inspiration behind the quote.

Mayer was appointed as Yahoo CEO in July after leaving Google, Inc.. which has led to a 19 percent jump in the company's stock. She is currently the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
Yahoo has over 700 million users and delivers news and sports stories, and also provides email service.

"Yahoo is a really fun place to work. I love the people there, I love the spirit of the place," Mayer said during Tuesday's event.

The 37-year-old executive gave birth to a baby boy in late September, one week before her due date. The fact that she was six months pregnant when she was appointed as Yahoo's CEO made headlines around the world.

Hurricane Sandy Unites New NYC Churches

The night after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg tweeted that it was "maybe the worst #NYC has experienced."
The November 12 cover of New York magazine told the story: Most of the lower part of Manhattan, shaped like a bent elbow in a sling, looked like it had been dipped in ink; the upper part of the island still had light. Suddenly, the global center had become a place of haves and have-nots. Those of us who still had electricity, cell power, and internet connectivity gawked at photos online of cars in the East Village, submerged from a 14-foot surge from New York Harbor.
"Wait a minute!" we told ourselves, "This is New York!" While 9/11 shocked and devastated us, some of us could interpret that act of spectacular terror as legitimizing the City's exceptionalism. Hurricane Sandy, on the other hand, made us realize we were just another target of a mindless weather pattern.
That night, a little past midnight, as the storm swished its lizard's tail along the Jersey Shore and around greater New York, Trinity Grace East Village pastor Guy Wasko e-mailed colleagues and friends on Manhattan's Lower East Side:

Terry Jones, Florida Pastor, Sentenced To Death In Egypt Over Anti-Islam Film Along With 7 Coptic Christians

Judge: School Can't Expel Student over RFID Badge

Authentic Christian Leadership Conference to be Held in Anaheim, April 30 - May 2, 2013

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Nov. 29, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) will host its 2013 national conference in Anaheim, Calif., April 30 - May 2, 2013. The conference theme is "The Authentic Leader." Christian leaders from across the nation and world will be in attendance.

"The CLA conference in Anaheim is designed to equip and transform the hearts and minds of today's Christian leaders," said Tami Heim, CLA president and CEO. "Our in-depth leadership training, dynamic keynote speakers and innovative leadership forums will offer insights into how we can lead wisely and authentically as we represent Christ in today's world."

Christian leaders are invited to attend the CLA National Conference which will feature more than 100 workshops and full-day seminars in eight nonprofit leadership tracks: executive leadership, resource development, communications/marketing, Internet/technology, financial management, people management and care, board governance and legal/tax issues.

The CLA National Conference also features full-day forums for Christian Women in Leadership, CEO's/President/Executive Directors, and Next Generation Leaders. Conference speakers will include Pat Lencioni, Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend, Wess Stafford, Shaunti Feldhahn, Dr. Leighton Ford, Ellie Lofaro, Tim Elmore, Phyllis Hendry and many more.

CLA provides lifelong learning resources for Christian leaders through conferences, academies, online learning, webcasts, books, magazines and more. CLA represents individuals from thousands of organizations nationwide including well-known nonprofits such as World Vision, Compassion International, The Salvation Army, CRU, The Navigators, American Bible Society and many more.

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Let This Viral Picture of an NYPD Cop Giving a Homeless Man Winter Boots Restore Your Faith in Humanity

Facebook Picture of NYPD Officer Lawrence DePrimo Giving a Homeless Man Boots Goes Viral
NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo purchased boots for this homeless man who had blisters on his feet. (Image: NYPD Facebook)
The cellphone photo of Officer Lawrence DePrimo, snapped by Jennifer Foster of Florence, Ariz., on Nov. 14, has been made it onto news sites and blogs around the world. The photo posted on the NYPD’s official Facebook page has been liked more than 315,000 times and shared more than 74,000 times. According to the New York Times, as of Wednesday evening it had been viewed by more than 1.6 million people.


Chinese Christian Who Helped Hundreds of North Koreans Escape Unable to Get Political Refugee Status from UN

BANGKOK, Thailand, Nov. 29, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- A Chinese Christian who helped hundreds of North Koreans escape to Thailand and then was forced to escape there himself has been waiting for two years for the United Nations to grant him political asylum.

ChinaAid recently received Tu Ai-rong's video appeal for help. In the video below, he tells his story of how he helped 300 to 400 North Koreans escape from the city of Kunming in southwest China's Yunnan province to neighboring Thailand. When China's state security discovered what he was doing, Tu was arrested, sentenced to three years' imprisonment and fined $30,000. He was abused while in prison, and continued to be threatened by government agents after his release. Six month later, in 2009, he fled to Cambodia and Laos. In October 2010, he arrived in Thailand where he applied to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for political asylum.

Video: Tu Ai-rong's appeal for help

Not only has Tu been waiting in vain for the past two years for political asylum, his situation has become even more grave because the Chinese government has issued a warrant for his arrest. Tu could face a 20-year prison term if he were arrested again by the Chinese authorities. Meanwhile, his family has had to rely on the Korean church for help and face a precarious future.

ChinaAid urges the UNHCR, to approve as soon as possible, Tu's application for international refugee asylum status for him and his family because they meet the requirements for political refugee status. At the same time, ChinaAid calls on the international community, especially the Korean church, to come to the aid of Tu and his family, either by supporting his case or providing much-needed financial assistance.

To advocate for Tu and his family, contact the UNHCR via

To provide financial assistance, contact ChinaAid. 

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In 2009, ChinaAid reported on the 10-year sentence given to two Chinese Christians who had helped North Koreans escape. See the report here:

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