YWAM's First 50 Years
Dec. 9, 2010 - Youth With A Mission, a global missions organization started by Loren Cunningham
in his parents' garage when he was only 25, has reached it's 50-year anniversary.
YWAM has more than 20,000 volunteer missionaries. More than 50 percent of them are non-Western. Each one is
required to attend a six-month Discipleship Training School (DTS). One of their schools is located in Kona,
on Hawaii's Big Island. Their University of the Nations has 500 campuses in 138 locations.
- In its first 50 years, YWAM has deployed four million workers in 240 countries. Now it sets its sights on
152 remaining unreached people groups.
By 1978 YWAM had inaugurated Mercy Ministries, a fleet of ships serving as floating hospitals.
providing provide food, medical supplies, and dental care. That ministry became a separate organization
in 2002, when YWAM directors sensed it had grown too large.
YWAM now leads another Great Commission-fulfilling movement, Call2All, which was started by Campus
Crusade founder Bill Bright. Three years ago there were 639 unengaged, unreached people groups
(each with a population of 100,000 or more). Since then some 4,000 Call2All missionaries have reduced that
number to 152, and have planted 14,000 churches.
- Source: Christianity Today
Pass It On
May 10, 2010 - The Foundation For A Better Life has great new "Pass It On" TV spots. You can see them here!
- Source: Values.com
2 inmates help save deputy's life
May 1, 2010 - In Oregon a sheriff's deputy apparently had a heart attack while trying to help a stranded motorist. Two inmates from a nearby work crew rushed to his aid and are credited with helping to save his life.
- James Parker and Michael Smith began cardiopulmonary resuscitation with assistance from a 9-1-1 dispatcher and a doctor who stopped to assist until emergency crews arrived.
- Source: KOMONews
Girl Released from Hospital After Rescue
Apr. 20, 2010 - This is a must-read story about the rescue of the 11-year-old girl spent four days lost in a Florida alligator infested swamp.
For three days, helicopters, dogs and divers scoured the woods of Winter Springs,looking for Nadia Bloom in vain. On the fourth day, James King, a fellow church member of Covenant Community Church in Sanford, felt led by God to find her. He said,
He was praying the entire time and said it was The Lord who led him to Nadia
- "I went in at daybreak and went almost right to her," King said. "It was a huge swamp. Very dangerous. I am still recovering from poison ivy."
While she was lost, Nadia says she kept reciting the Bible verse Proverbs 3:5 which says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."
- Source: CBN
An Evangelistic Slam Dunk: Basketball's Beginnings
Apr. 9, 2010 - Chuck Colson writes:
He then recounts the fascinating fact, forgotten by most in our generation, that basketball was created by James Naismith, who became convinced that he stood a better chance of exemplifying the Christian life through sports rather than through preaching. He worked as a physical education instructor at the YMCA's International Training School for Christian Workers. His vision was "to win men for the Master through the gym."
- It was the basketball game for the ages. On Monday night, the Duke University Blue Devils survived a desperate, last-second shot by the underdog Butler University Bulldogs to win the NCAA men's basketball championship.
- Source: Crosswalk
Jerusalem Bears Witness to Greatest Story
April 4, 2010 - Numerous sites in Jerusalem are powerful reminders that the Bible story of the death and resurrection of Christ are historically accurate. Some of these are:
Chris Mitchell, CBN News Mideast Bureau Chief, who wrote the article says, "But perhaps the greatest proof of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ lies beyond the Old City walls of Jerusalem. It's the testimony of more than a billion Christians from every tongue and tribe who say their lives have been forever changed by the resurrected Jesus."
- Two thousand year old olive trees still thriving in the Garden of Gethsemane
- An ancient Roman road from the Kidron Valley to the house of Caiphas
- Stones from the fortress of Pontus Pilate with the marks of a Roman soldier's game called "King for a Day"
- The Via Dolorosa or "The Way of the Cross" - the route Jesus took to His crucifixion
- The Garden Tomb
- Source: Christianity Today
I Am Not Ashamed
March, 2010 - A national campaign has been launched by Answers In Genesis to encourage Christians to post and/or record their statement of faith in Jesus Christ. This is the message America needs the most, and it has grown to all areas of the media, including television, the Internet, and billboards.
Get involved by posting your own thoughts about Jesus, by being part of the world's first video Bible (you and your family may quote a portion of Scripture for all to see), or sponsoring media ads
- Source: IAmNotAshamed.org
Why I've turned to God at 70, by reformed Ringo Starr... that's 44 years after Lennon said the Beatles were bigger than Jesus
Feb. 3, 2010 - At a recent event at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr said that he had turned to God. He said,
- "For me, God is in my life. I don't hide from that. I think the search has been on since the 1960s."
In 1966 John Lennon told the London Evening Standard, "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that. I'm right and I will be proved right... We're more popular than Jesus now. I don't know which will go first - rock and roll or Christianity- Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."
- Source: Daily Mail - UK
- Editor's Note: The article doesn't mention what religion he has adopted.
Obstacles are the stepping stones of success
Harvey Mackay gives examples from nature and from human history that difficulties in life actually help develop character and lead to success.
He cites the successes of Beethoven, James Earl Jones, Thomas Edison, Hellen Keller, and many others who had to overcome great obstacles.
- History has shown us that the most celebrated winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
- Source: Harvey Mackay
Daily Good News!
From the Foundation For A Better Life!
How the U.S. Military Will Help Haiti
Jan. 16, 2010 - Read this inspiring account of the work being done by the U.S. military to evaluate the damage in Haiti and plan relief efforts.
- As many as 2,000 Marines could soon be deployed to the island, General Douglas Fraser, U.S. Southern Command chief, told a Pentagon briefing on Wednesday.
- Source: TIME
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