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Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) April 16, 2014

In 1981, 52 percent of the worlds population lived in extreme poverty. Today that number is 21 percent. Despite the hard evidence that shows that poverty can be eliminated in this generation, most Christians do not agree.

Extreme poverty is on the decline, but almost no one believes it, said Scott C. Todd, senior vice president for global advocacy for Compassion International. Many Christians have been trapped by low expectations for the future. Not only for the future of poverty, but for the future in general. Thankfully, the old idea that the world is supposed to get worse is losing dominion. A new idea is surfacing. Maybe, just maybe, the world can get better. And maybe we will do our part to make it happen.

Findings in a new research study conducted on behalf of Compassion International by Barna Group reveal that just under one-quarter of U.S. adults (23 percent) somewhat agree and only one in 10 U.S. adults (9 percent) agree strongly with the possibility of ending extreme poverty in the next 25 years.

While organizations like the United Nations have issued statements that declare that extreme poverty can be eliminated by 2030, ending extreme poverty still seems impossible to a sizable majority of Americans, said David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group. People invest in a cause when they are confident that their investment makes a difference. Since 2011, strong concern about extreme poverty has decreased from 21 percent to 16 percent among U.S. adults. The pessimistic attitude toward ending global poverty may be a key barrier to mobilizing people and resources toward the goal of ending poverty.

The question is not, can we end poverty? The question is, how can we end poverty said Dr. Todd. It is possible to end extreme poverty, but it is not inevitable. The final 21 percent will be difficult, but there should be no question of whether it is possible.

Dr. Todds new book, Hope Rising: How Christians Can End Extreme Poverty in This Generation offers perspective on how Christians can end extreme poverty by overthrowing the tyranny of low expectations and joining a movement that will eradicate extreme poverty through transformative Christian generosity.

Hope Rising is due for release by Thomas Nelson on April 29, 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.HopeRisingBook.com.

Compassion International is the worlds leading authority in child sponsorship. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by equipping the Church to develop children out of poverty to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. Today, Compassion partners with more than 6,000 Christian churches in 26 countries to release more than 1.4 million babies, children and students from poverty in Jesus name. Compassion has been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency for 12 consecutive years by Charity Navigator, Americas largest charity evaluator. For more information on the ministry, visit compassion.com or follow on Twitter at @compassion.







 

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Medford, OR (PRWEB) September 03, 2014

Sharefaith announces the launch of SharefaithKids, a cloud-based childrens ministry curriculum. The new Sunday school resource is fully available to churches worldwide today.

SharefaithKids consists of 52 individual lessons. Each lesson contains everything a teacher or volunteer needs, from opening song to closing prayer. Children ages 4-12 will enjoy the video Bible story, songs, lessons, memory verse, crafts, games, and activities. Teachers and volunteers will appreciate the simplicity and ease of lesson preparation and delivery. Parents will value the careful and intentional instruction in each lesson which are solidly biblical and recommended for Christian churches of any denomination.

The 52 Bible lessons in SharefaithKids provide a complete overview of the narrative of Scripture, beginning with Genesis and concluding with the book of Revelation. Although each lesson can stand alone as a self-contained unit of teaching and application, the entire series provides a deepened understanding of Gods redemptive plan. Each lesson includes breathtaking video, artwork and music created by an award-winning artists.

SharefaithKids is 100% cloud-based, meaning that once a church purchases a subscription, teachers will have total access on any Internet-connected workstation or device (iPhone, iPad, Android phone, tablet, laptop, etc.). Class leaders or volunteers can prepare and present lessons using a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. The free iOS and Android apps available in iTunes and Google Play.

The lessons are designed to meet the wide array of technological resources used by churches of all sizes. Teachers can display the Bible stories from the device or computer of their choice, using Airplay (iOS), or an HDMI, DVI, VGA or RCA connection. Bible videos and slideshows are available in HD at 720p or SD at 480p. Sunday school teachers can prepare a full lesson from their smartphone, then use their phone as the control device during the actual lesson.

Beyond its game-changing technological innovation, SharefaithKids delivers a level of ease in lesson preparation that has been hard to come by in Sunday school lesson planning. Lessons are fully customizable, age-adaptable, and flexible, making them perfect for use as a Sunday school curriculum, VBS program, or children’s church lesson. Whether Sunday school lasts twenty minutes or two hours or has an attendance of 5 or 500, the teachers have everything they need to fully utilize all the time and address all the participants.

For the teacher or volunteer with limited time, SharefaithKids makes it easy to jump in, pick up where a previous teacher left off, and allow for a continuous flow of material and presentation. With a full suite of tools at his or her disposal, the Sunday school director or superintendent can organize lessons, mark completion levels, and identify the lessons being taught, and who the teacher is.

Sharefaith recognizes that God has entrusted many churches with a wide array of technological tools. Churches are harnessing the power of these tools to spread the truth of Scripture. Sharefaith, a longtime leader in church worship media and websites, is confident that this latest release will help empower churches in their proclamation of the good news. Sharefaith believes in the importance of investing in our children the truths of Scripture. To this end, SharefaithKids is a testament to Gods Word and its power in young lives.

SharefaithKids is available for the affordable cost of $ 41/month (billed annually) or $ 50/month (billed monthly). Churches can access the resource now at http://www.sharefaith.com/category/sharefaith-kids.html







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Kingwood, TX (PRWEB) April 01, 2014

On Sunday morning at Kingwood Bible Church, Holocaust survivors Ruth and Larry Steinfeld shared their remarkable stories of escaping death in Nazi Germany. Their stories of tragedy and survival gave church members a greater sense of purpose in taking part in the upcoming March of Remembrance in Kingwood on Saturday, April 26.

We have history here today, said Pastor Woody Woodward, commenting on the unique opportunity to witness the Steinfelds and Holocaust survivor, Alex Pollak, meeting with World War II veterans, and KBC church members, Bob Roush and Hugh Saye. With the declining number of living Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans, it was special for these few, who overcame in a time of great trial and hardship, to meet each another.

Ruths personal story of overcoming is one of great loss, and of finding renewed life in facing the past and experiencing the freedom forgiveness brings.

At the young age of 5, Ruths home was raided by the Nazis on this first night of Kristallnacht in 1938. That night, her father was sent to the Dachau concentration camp, where he was kept for several months.

Almost two years later, Ruths family was loaded into a cattle car and transported from Mannheim, Germany, to a concentration camp in occupied France. Upon arrival, the men were separated from the women. That was the last time she saw her father.

Ruth and her sister were later rescued by an underground group pretending to be Red Cross, as her mother made the decision to let go of all she had left, her two little girls. Ruth, crying and begging her mother to let her stay, boarded a bus by night with her sister, and watched her mother wave good-bye. They never saw her again. Of this, Ruth recounts, She gave us our life twice.

For the next several years, Ruth fled from the Nazis and ended up with a poor Christian family in a remote town. Eventually her identity was found out and she was forced to move on. In 1946, her grandfather in New York found her name in the paper and brought her to America.

Throughout these trials and many years afterward, Ruth lived in a ruthless denial of her past. So when faced with the opportunity to go to Israel for a gathering of Holocaust survivors in 1981, she asked, How can I now face that which I have suppressed for so long?

After facing the reality of her past in Israel, Ruth returned to Germany where she visited her childhood home, and in the embrace of the woman living there, she began to experience forgiveness. As she forgave the people who had caused her such pain, Ruth began to be able to see herself as a child of God, when for so long she had felt as if she were no ones child.

She attributes the new sense of peace within herself as coming out of accepting and forgiving. She has come to experience that which Pastor Woodward stated so well, When you forgive someone, you set a prisoner free. And then you find out you were that prisoner.

Ruth continued on to France where she was reunited with the daughter of the family who had sheltered Ruth and her sister. She asked her childhood friend, How was it Paulette, that your family, your parents, were brave enough to give a home to two little Jewish girls in occupied France, knowing the consequences? Paulettes answer was simple, Wouldnt you?

Ruth has faced her past, and has forgiven, but she will never forget. She encourages others to remember as well, and to ensure a similar tragedy is never allowed again. I survived because of the goodness in people, in spite of the inhumanities, and because of that I am involved with the March of Remembrance…and to remember, because history could repeat itself.

About the March of Remembrance

The Holocaust March of Remembrance in Kingwood is an opportunity for the community to remember and to honor those who suffered not so long ago. It will begin with an opening ceremony and Memorial service with testimonies from Al Marks, survivor of four concentration camps, and Steve Finkelman, a second generation survivor. Immediately following the service, the march will begin at Christ the King Lutheran Church and pass by the Veteran’s Honor Garden Memorial before completing the loop and ending with fellowship, music and refreshments.

Ruth and Larry Steinfeld serve as National Advisors and Liaisons to the March of Remembrance, which is held in over 50 cities in the United States. This is the third year it has been held in the Houston area, with marches planned in Baytown, Brenham, Kingwood, and Webster on April 26, and in Meyerland on April 27. A listing of Marches across the US can be found on the March of Remembrance website.







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Fort Wayne, Ind. (PRWEB) August 29, 2014

Written as a compilation of daily Scripture reflections that utilize author Donna Nobles life experiences to illustrate the mercy and providence of God, Nobles new book Navigating the Narrow Path to Life: Daily Reflections from a Fellow Traveler (published by WestBow Press) is a testament to Gods power and assistance to his followers in times of need.

Noble shares life lessons she has learned in her walk with God as well as a set of laws she has chosen to live by, which she calls Donnas Law. Noble says her laws are directives that firmly demonstrate the two greatest commandments given by Jesus to love God and love neighbors.

Trials come every day, Noble says. My hope is that this book will help others learn how to turn away from bad choices and choose wisely on their own path to salvation.

An excerpt from Donnas Law in Navigating the Narrow Path to Life: Daily Reflections from a Fellow Traveler:

Trust God in everything, with everything, and for everything.

Dont be a victim of your past. Forgive yourself, forgive others, and move on.

Pick your battles: not everything is worth fighting over – or for.

Leave a trail of smiles behind you.

Navigating the Narrow Path to Life: Daily Reflections from a Fellow Traveler

By Donna Noble

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 388 pages | ISBN 9781490820422

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 388 pages | ISBN 9781490820408

E-Book | 388 pages | ISBN 9781490820415

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Donna Noble spent the past 10 years studying the word of God and praying for wisdom regarding the state of our nation and world. She says the Lord has been faithful to guide her through many trials and bring her through safely. Noble was baptized in the Baptist Church, served as a pastor in the Church of God, and is currently a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC the world leader in supported self-publishing. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. For more information, visit westbowpress.com or call (866)-928-1240. For WestBow Press news, click Like at facebook.com/WestBowPress and follow @westbowpress on Twitter.







 


Martinez, california (PRWEB) March 27, 2014

The two main organizations behind the now 388 day-old “555 Days of Prayer to Save America” are calling on Americans, all around the country; and, believers in God, all around the world, to pray for the victims of the Washington State Landslide Disaster.

“Oftentimes, we feel impotent against the power of nature. This is one of those times. We ask for the prayer of Americans, and “Believers in God,” Everywhere, to pray for the families of the victims. Please pray, also, for the recovery teams. Their job is emotionally ravaging as well as dangerous,” said Robert Berry, “Save America Gathering” servant leader and frequent spokesperson.

At present, the dead are numbered at 25; with 90 persons missing or unaccounted for. In addition, there are another 35 people who are reported as having “unknown” status. To view a news article regarding the slide disaster, go to: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/27/oso-mudslide-search/6956457/.

The “Save America Gathering” servant leaders also ask for Christians of all beliefs, globally, to join in and continue the remainder of the prayer for the purification and restoration of God’s people, His Church. The prayer is at day 33, today. Said spokesman, Robert Berry, “This prayer is crucially important in the preparation for the final 100-day-long prayer. That final prayer will be an outcry to God, for the healing and restoration of The United States of America. This prayer, which will begin on June 3, 2014, will be followed by the conclusion of the prayer initiative, “The Great Wave Offering.” All persons interested in blowing the Shofar, or ram’s horn trumpet, at their respective “Great Wave Offering” gatherings, must go to the following site, and register: http://www.shofarcall.com/events—registration.html.

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Colorado Springs, Colo. (PRWEB) March 24, 2014

For the third consecutive year, Compassion International has been recognized as one of the top workplaces in the world by the Gallup Organization. The award, which is based on the most rigorous workplace research ever conducted, is presented to companies that demonstrate an extraordinary ability to create an engaged workplace culture.

This award is a testimony to our hardworking, dedicated staff, said Santiago Jimmy Mellado, Compassion Internationals president and CEO. Every employee is committed to our primary objective of releasing children from poverty in Jesus name. Every day, we come to work with a full understanding of the importance of our mission. That commitment makes our team one of the best-performing workforces in the worlddedicated to serving more than 1.4 million children in 26 countries.

To determine winners of the Gallup Great Workplace Award, a panel of workplace experts evaluates applicants and compares their outcomes against a research database composed of millions of work teams in more than 100 countries.

These award-winning organizations set a new standard for workplace excellence, said Dr. James Harter, chief scientist for Workplace Management and Wellbeing. They have proven track records for improving lives along with performance. The management tenets they practice have proven value in both thriving and struggling economies overall.

Compassion will formally receive the award as part of the Gallup Spring Summit on May 15, 2014 in Omaha, Neb.

Compassion International is the worlds leading authority in child sponsorship. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by equipping the Church to develop children out of poverty to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. Today, Compassion partners with more than 6,000 Christian churches in 26 countries to release more than 1.4 million babies, children and students from poverty in Jesus name. Compassion has been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency for 12 consecutive years by Charity Navigator, Americas largest charity evaluator. For more information on the ministry, visit compassion.com or follow on Twitter at @compassion.







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