Project 143 Hosts International Orphans Hoping to Find Families

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It seems like a gut-wrenching idea: Host an impovershied orphan from a destitute country for a few months, then send him or her back to her homeland.But Project 143 is hoping it will be a step toward finding families for hard to place children.Internationally as well as domestically, people tend to want to adopt infants. What happens to the orphans in Eastern Europe, Asia, or other parts of the world who are older, with some tough years behind them and an uncertain future … [Read more...]

With Jesus, Pope’s Seat is Never Vacant

(Reuters/Stefano Rellandini) Pope Benedict XVI walks past the seat where he presided as head of the Catholic Church in Rome. (November 16, 2013)

Religion rarely dominates global news headlines, but Pope Benedict's resignation has proven a notable exception. … [Read more...]

Lopez Lomong: How do you spell “AMERICA”?

Lopez Lomong (second from right) racing at the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo credit: T. Banse/VOA)

In our first piece in the Lopez Lomong series on the Salt Shaker, we shared an overview of his story from World Vision.  Then, Lopez described his terrifying experience of being ripped away from his parents by rebel soldiers at the age of 6. After his kidnapping, Lopez was taken to a camp where boys were forced to become rebel soldiers, killing other people, or dying themselves.  From there, a series of miracles occurred. Lopez was befriended by three older boys in the camp, who rescued him and f … [Read more...]

Lopez Lomong: I Was Running for My Life, Now I Run for Team USA

Lopez Lomong, 27, was born in South Sudan and is now an American track and field Olympic athlete.

What is the most compelling story of the London 2012 Olympics?  The story of Team USA Olympian Lopez Lomong -- one of the "lost boys of Sudan" -- involves the youngest country on the planet, sacrifice, love, hope, sweat and tears.  We look forward to highlighting his adventures, and we join the people of South Sudan in honoring this amazing athlete and human being!  We shared an overview of his story from World Vision, and this is the first in a series of in-depth articles by Lomong:Cold. The … [Read more...]

From Sudanese “Lost Boy” to U.S. Olympian: The Story of Lopez Lomong

Lopez Lomong is a Sudanese-born American runner who proudly carried the U.S. flag in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will also compete in the London 2012 Olympics. (Photo: Andrea Peer/World Vision)

We are thrilled to highlight the story of Lopez Lomong, who is running with Team USA in the London 2012 Olympics. But behind his remarkable accomplishment is a turbulent — and inspiring — life story of danger, poverty, and ultimate redemption.  This South Sudan native is not only training hard to compete, but is also working tirelessly to bring help and hope to children and families in his home country who continue to struggle one year after the celebration of its independence.  My dream of … [Read more...]

An Atheist Activist, a Compassionate Christian, and an All-Powerful God

Patrick Greene had a history of atheist activism

Have you heard about Patrick Greene of San Antonio, Texas?Two months ago, he was an atheist activist protesting nativity scenes and public prayer.  Today, he is a believer in Jesus Christ encouraging others to read the Bible.How did this happen?  And what can we take away from this remarkable story?Over at What She Said, I describe the developments and share 3 principles from scripture that serve as important reminders for all of us!Check it out! … [Read more...]

Happy 91st Birthday to Chick-fil-A Founder Truett Cathy

Truett Cathy turned 91 years old on March 14, 2012.

This week Samuel Truett Cathy celebrated his 91st birthday!  The founder of Chick-fil-A, Truett continues to play an active role in the company as well as in the community through his leadership, writing, speaking, and philanthropic efforts which impact countless lives.Many people know that Chick-fil-A is a Christian company because of their uncompromising commitment to promoting Christian principles, their unwavering dedication to serving high quality food, and their policy to be closed on … [Read more...]


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