On January 11, 2018, West Virginia Senators Mike Azinger (R-Wood) and Sue Cline (R-Wyoming) introduced Senate Bill 252, which would require all schools to offer an elective social study course in the “Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament of the Bible; an elective social studies course on the New Testament of the Bible; or an elective social studies course on the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament of the Bible.” It also requires that federal and state laws be followed regarding religious… Read more

In PyeongChang, South Korea, Katie Uhlaender, 33, will be the the first American to race the skeleton four times in the history of the sport at the Winter Olympics. With bright red hair and a big smile, Katie lies face down on a sled and speeds down an icy track at 80 miles an hour in a sport that most describe as “insane.” Katie describes the skeleton: It is all about letting go and finding speed by generating momentum with your… Read more

David Wise of Reno, Nevada, became the first Olympian to win the gold medal in the men’s halfpipe skiing event, a sport that was debuted at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Wise became a legend overnight and introduced the world to the gravity-defying sport, where the skiier drops into a massive two-story-deep snow ravine, flies up into the air to performs several flips and twists, and continues to do this throughout the halfpipe until he lands in the snow. X… Read more

Gigi Marvin is a member of the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team, and will be playing this year as a forward in her third Olympic Games. She and her team won silver in 2010 in Vancouver, and in Sochi in 2014. This year, the team hopes to win gold in PyeongChang. While her goal is to win, winning is not everything the 30-year-old athlete argues. Gigi told the Fellowship of Christian Athletes FCA Magazine that, My mission is more than winning another… Read more

Olympian bobsledding athlete Elana Meyers Taylor is the fastest starting pilot in the world and two-time Olympic medalist on the U.S. Bobsled Team. Her list of medaling in the sport’s regional and world championships is incredible. She has won nine U.S. push championships alone only having begun competing in the sport in 2007. In a sport that normally takes ten years to train to become a pilot on a bobsled team, Elana became the first American — male or female — to medal… Read more

Kelly Clark was the first U.S. Olympian to win gold at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. She was only 18 years-old and it was her first Olympics. Now 34, Clark is the only U.S. snowboarder to compete in five Olympics and she’s the most decorated snowboarding Olympian. She’s still competing when other her age have retired. This year she’s competing with two up-and-coming snowboarding stars and U.S. teammates, Chloe Kim and Maddie Mastro, who are both 17-years-old and… Read more

Egyptian Christians, Coptic Christians or Copts, (Coptic means “Egyptian”) are facing “unprecedented levels of persecution and suppression,” according to The Open Doors 2018 World Watch List Report. In 2017 more than 200 Copts were driven out of their homes and 128 were killed because of their faith. Copts are Egypt’s Christian minority. Roughly 9 million in total, they represent 10 percent of Egypt’s population and roughly half of the Christians living in the Middle East. Since 2014 their persecution has increased;… Read more

Despite ongoing targeted persecution, the mission group Elam Ministries recently revealed that more people in Iran are becoming Christians. Read more

Aramean advocate and author Johny Messo, who presides over the World Council of Arameans, recently wrote that the destruction of Christian Syrians has been a disastrous consequence of failed U.S. policies. Two presidents in particular, he writes, “opened the gates of hell and unleashed demons on Syria.” He points not only to the exodus of Christians but also to their near annihilation: While President George W. Bush may have opened the gates of hell for Iraq’s Christians, President Obama not only widened… Read more

The Voice Of the Martyrs (Canada division, VOMC) told BosNewsLife that thousands of Muslims are becoming Christians in the Middle East– through the reach of radio broadcasts. VOMC reports that “the church” is growing despite intense persecution in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and other areas of the Middle East. Thousands of Muslims are returning to the faith of their homeland’s ancestors in Jesus Christ, maintaining that they understand Christianity is the “religion of freedom.” Amidst ongoing persecution throughout the region, a spiritual hunger exists,… Read more

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