Healing the Wounds ‘After The Storm’

KINSTON, N.C., Oct. 21, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Hurricane Matthew brought a devastating blow to the east coast with power outages and down trees, but the worst was yet to come with record breaking flood waters threatening hundreds of people who had to evacuate to shelters. The community responded with clothes, shelters, and perishables, but Recording Artist Lessette who lives in the little town of Kinston, NC. which was devastated by the flood found an unusual way to encourage the people in the shelters. “After The Storm” is the anthem for storm survivors.

Lessette Kornegay (artist name Lessette) singer/songwriter wrote this timeless song for hurting people to encourage them that after their storm the sun will shine again. She has lived through domestic violence and a bad divorce that has given her a heart for hurting people. That’s why she wrote “After The Storm,” and it speaks of divorce, death, tragedy and broken hearts.”

Determined to make a difference, she sang “After The Storm” at the Disaster Relief Shelters, Kinston High School and Lenoir Community College. The people was encouraged and with tears of joy.

“We pay so much attention in preparing for the storm, but we forget about after the storm. People experience storms AFTER THE STORM,” she said.



The Story of a Grandfather’s Pride


Back when I was in junior high our school had what they called the victory flag. It flew in front of the school only when somebody (usually a sports team) won something against another school. There came a day when I was in a speech contest against two other nearby schools, and I won. My teacher/coach brought me back to school just in time to hear the principal say over the P.A.system, ” The victory flag is flying !” The whole school  started clapping and cheering. It was an amazing feeling, and I  thought I could never feel prouder.

Until today, today I am a grandfather and my oldest grandson is the one in junior high. Today he was in a drama tournament. The first time he has ever competed in anything with other schools. He entered five events, and reached the semi-finals in two. Not bad for  a sixth grader on his first time out. He did not win the top prize today. However has many reason to be proud of what he accomplished today. If he has reason to be proud, then I as his grandfather also have reason to be proud.

He should be proud that he had the courage to try. Many people much older than him would not perform in front of people like he did in five different ways today. There’s even less of  a chance that they would do so in a competitive environment that involved hundreds of other students.

He should be proud that as young as he is, he has discovered that he has a talent that makes him happy, and through that talent he is able to bring happiness to other people

He should be proud that he has the initiative, and the confidence at such a young age to put his talents and abilities to the test against so many others.

He should be proud that he can start his day at 7am and keep himself going until 6pm. That would be  along day for any of us !

He should be proud that he made the semi-finals in two of his five events on his first time out. Many of his fellow competitors did not. Some of them likely had more experience than he does in and out of competition.

He should be proud for not taking the easy way out. Entering five completely different events, not just one. This of course required five times the commitment, and five times the practice.

He was of course disappointed that he didn’t win. But he will realize among other things that the fact he is not satisfied with doing well, but desires to be the best is yet another thing to be proud of. I am proud of him for all of these reasons.  There will always be other competitions. With time, and patience, and the burning desire I know him to have, the wins will come. With pride  I look forward to sharing Devin Morrison with the world.



Mission of Hope Haiti Endures Hurricane Matthew, Mobilizes to Help a Nation.

What would happen if the strongest hurricane to strike the Atlantic in over a decade, were to make landfall in our hemisphere’s poorest country ? Unfortunately we are about to find out. This morning Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti bringing 145 MPH winds and horrific floods. Obviously this did not happen without warning, and every disaster aid group in the book is looking to help. One Christian ministry among all of them is ideally suited for this disaster. During times of disaster or not Mission of Hope Haiti’s focus is on Haiti. They have served Haiti since 1998. Even in more normal times they serve 90,000 meals per day, and treat 30,000 patients annually. They started gearing up for this crisis on Saturday. Before the storm even made landfall they had ore-positioned over 200,000 meals.

Working from their own in country facilities, and their U.S. office outside Austin, Texas in partnership with their HaitiOne network of over 500 indigenous partner organizations across the nation they  have already come up with a relief plan that includes the following,

35 million meals

350 million units of water

750,000 temporary shelters

Medical care for 280,000 patients


After the first 14 days of relief efforts the group plans to transition into a 45 day recovery plan, then into a longer term sustainability plan.


Mission of Hope Haiti are veterans of both the 2008 hurricane, and 2010 earthquake in Haiti. They have also been there for the Haitian people everyday in between. Those wishing to help Mission of Hope Haiti in this dire time can text @mohhaiti to  52014, to donate to MOH Disaster Relief. Or you can donate online. At the very least please extend your prayers to Mission of Hope Haiti, the Haitian people, and all those being affected by Hurricane Matthew !

Internationally Known Christian Blogger Backs Day of Prayer for Police

(Katy, Texas) Recently the Houston Police Officers Union (HPOU) issued a call for a state-wide day of prayer on October 19th at 1pm. As their press release sates “We are calling upon all organizations to come together, as a unified group to support law enforcement, the community, and the leadership of the State of Texas. Our vision is one of unification, not only among law enforcement agencies, but within the communities in which we serve.”

They go on to explain their goals this way “we are encouraging each agency (police dept. sheriff’s dept. etc) to reach out to local clergy within their community along with city leaders for  a1pm state wide prayer at your local city hall or union hall, in conjunction with  a prayer on the steps of the state capitol. ” The series of events that will take place that day are collectively being called “Let’s Pray Texas.”


On hearing of the effort internationally known Christian blogger Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield based in Katy, Texas had this reaction, ” No one doubts that there are police officers out there that are not what they should be. Just as no one doubts that there are too many families and communities out there hurting, over regrettable incidents with which we are all becoming too familiar. However the majority of law enforcement officers are brave, hard working people doing a job of incomprehensible complexity. I pray this effort will not only be successful, but become an ever growing national movement cementing the relationship between our communities and our law enforcement officers in prayer.”  Crutchfield is founder of FaithInspires.Org a Christian blog read in over 195 countries last year. He founded and runs the National First Responder Prayer Team group on Facebook which has nearly 450 members. He also serves as a Christian growth and healing expert at SelfGrowth.com the world’s leading self help website.

Organizers of Let’s Pray Texas are using the hashtags #P4P and #LPT to coordinate things on social media.





Masked Abortion Thug Destroys Pro-Life Display, Threatens Activist at Ohio University Event

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 19, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — On Friday Sept. 16, 2016 after hours of civil discussion, a male abortion advocate donned a mask and hood and began hammering at Created Equal’s pro-life display with a club. See video below:
Apparently, this pro-choice terrorist premeditated the attack by first mingling with his fellow abortion supporters. Then, suddenly he concealed his identity with a hood and mask and began swinging wildly at several of the abortion victim images. After vandalizing the display, the masked hoodlum squared-off with a Created Equal staff member in a clear attempt to threaten him with violence if he attempted to apprehend him. Law enforcement was immediately called to the scene.
“Preborn defenders have been experiencing an increase in vandalism and violence at campuses across the country. Unfortunately, this attack could signal a new wave of violence towards pro-life advocates. Hooded and masked thugs behaving violently towards a discriminated minority brings back memories of the KKK; in this case, preborn babies are the object of the hatred. Abortion victims are already dead, so this lawbreaker acted out his hatred on the closest representation of the actual abortion victims themselves: the images of those victims. This seems eerily similar to the treatment these babies get from the abortionist. The only difference is this attacker used a club, not a scalpel or suction machine.” – Mark Harrington, National Director, Created Equal
Unfortunately, this jack-booted miscreant escaped before law enforcement arrived. OU police have been provided the footage of the attack in an attempt to identify the suspect and charge him with criminal mischief and menacing.
Anyone with information on the assailant is encouraged to call OU Police at (740) 593-1911 or police@ohio.edu

Pro-Family Legend Phyllis Schlafly Dies at 92

Phyllis Schlafly, attorney, author, activist credited with everything from defeating the Equal Rights Amendment, to spear heading Bary Goldwater’s nomination for president of the United States has died. She was also the founder and president of Eagle Forum the powerful nationwide pro-family advocacy group.

Ed Martin who worked closely with her first broke the news to Eagle Forum‘s supporters around the country by email, just minutes before the news was released to the media. In the group’s official statement Martin wrote ” Today, Phyllis Schlafly passed away in the presence of her family at her home in St. Louis, Missouri.

An iconic American leader whose love for America was surpassed only by her love of God and her family, Phyllis Schlafly, an indomitable pro-family grassroots advocate and organizer, was 92 years old.  Mrs. Schlafly was preceded in death by her beloved husband Fred and is survived by six children along with 16 grand and 3 great grandchildren.

Phyllis Schlafly spent an astounding 70 years in public service of her fellow Americans. Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life.  She recognized America as the greatest political embodiment of those values.  From military superiority and defense to immigration and trade; from unborn life to the nuclear family and parenthood, Phyllis Schlafly was a courageous and articulate voice for common sense and traditional values.  She authored 27 books and thousands of articles.  She spoke tens of thousands of times across the United States.

Her joy in life was evident to all through her smile and wit. Funeral arrangements are pending.”

Tributes from conservative leaders across the country are already flooding in,

Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Founder of FaithInspires.Org said this hearing of the news, ” I was still a child when Phyllis Schlafly was already known all over the country for defending traditional family values against those of the popular culture. She has helped define the American Pro-Family Movement for almost 7 decades. Even Imagining the Pro-Family Movement without her helping guide it is near impossible. Her contributions have been incalculable. If we find comfort in anything it is that her leadership and wisdom will remain with us for generations. May God’s comfort and strength be the constant companion of her family, and all who knew her as we travel through our grief. ”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement on the passing of Phyllis Schlafly: “Phyllis Schlafly will be remembered for her courageous leadership in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. With the political establishment, the media, and academia all arrayed against her, she organized a grassroots movement that not only stopped the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) but became the foundation for the pro-life, pro-family movement we have today.

“I have little doubt that the political and cultural landscape of America today would have long ago been devoid of true conservatism if not for her leadership. She never surrendered her principles and she never gave in to intimidation.

“Her love for God and this country drove her to fight for the Constitutional principles that founded this nation. We honor Phyllis for the lessons that she taught us all. I’m proud to have stood alongside her for faith, family and freedom,” concluded Perkins.

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump  was quoted by THE Hill newspaper as saying  “Phyllis Schlafly is a conservative icon who led millions to action, reshaped the conservative movement, and fearlessly battled globalism and the ‘kingmakers’ on behalf of America’s workers and families,” Trump said in a statement Monday night.

“I was honored to spend time with her during this campaign as she waged one more great battle for national sovereignty. I was able to speak with her by phone only a few weeks ago, and she sounded as resilient as ever. Our deepest prayers go out to her family and all her loved ones.”


New Film from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s ‘My Hope’ Ministry Launched Online Sept. 1

“Decisions” film available as a free evangelism tool for churches, individuals and organizations

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 1, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Over the last 12 years, millions around the world have heard the Gospel through My Hope, a ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. My Hope is set to launch an all-new 30-minute program entitled “Decisions” which will be accessible-free of charge-anywhere via television broadcast, internet streaming and DVD.

“Decisions” features a Gospel message from Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and looks at the lives of people of different ages and backgrounds who have heard the Gospel through Graham’s 2016 Decision America Tour and made life-changing decisions to follow Christ.

“I’ve been talking to people about the importance of decisions. I see thousands of people faced with a choice… and I want [them] to know the truth,” said Franklin Graham. “Any time you have a crowd of people, I can guarantee there will be somebody in that crowd that doesn’t know Jesus Christ. So, every time I’m at the microphone I’m going to give the Gospel.”

Through the Decision America Tour, Franklin Graham is holding prayer rallies in each state capital encouraging Christians to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation. As the tour travels to all 50 states in 2016, Graham is presenting the simple truth of the Gospel-the hope found through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Decisions,” the 2016 installment of the evangelistic films available from My Hope, follows in succession of previous films: “Value of a Soul” (2015); “Heaven” (2014); and “The Cross” (2013). Beginning Sept. 1, churches and individuals will be able to download the full program or view it at that time at www.MyHopewithBillyGraham.org. A free DVD version of “Decisions,” including “A Time for Decision: Pray, Vote, Engage,” a special 30-minute program that goes behind the scenes of the Decision America Tour, will also be available. Pre-orders are now being taken with shipment expected in early fall.

“Decisions,” will also be shown as the Billy Graham television special airing on local and Christian networks beginning Oct. 10. Check local listings for airings in your area.

“We are very happy to offer this resource to the church which will powerfully present the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Steve Rhoads, vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, who is responsible for My Hope globally. “The church in the United States has a unique opportunity at this moment to proclaim Jesus, who offers hope and redemption to a lost world. We pray that the good news will be preached and that God will bring a revival to His people.”

For more information on My Hope, including tips on how the available free resources can be used, visit www.MyHopewithBillyGraham.org. You can participate by pre-ordering your free copy of “Decisions” and beginning to pray and prepare for an event in your community.

About My Hope
Beginning in 2002, My Hope has been implemented in 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. More than 305,000 churches and 4 million individuals have participated, and more than 10 million salvation and rededication decisions for Jesus Christ have been recorded. My Hope was first implemented in United States in 2013, and has since resulted in more than 200,000 decisions for Christ.

This year, My Hope field representatives across the nation have been meeting and encouraging local pastors in their efforts to reach people with the Gospel. In addition to last year’s film titled “Value of a Soul,” churches continue to use other films like “Heaven,” “Defining Moments,” and “The Cross,” which collectively have seen nearly 2.25 million views on YouTube and more than 1 million copies distributed on DVD.

Meanwhile, a new film called “The Worth of a Soul” will release this fall in the UK in conjunction with My Hope UK.

Care Net Launches First-Ever Program to Address Abortion in the Church

LANSDOWNE, Va., Aug. 30, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Care Net, a nonprofit ministry that supports one of the nation’s largest network of pregnancy centers, has launched Making Life Disciples, a curriculum that will equip churches to minister to women and men considering abortion.

This first-of-its-kind program is designed to give churches the training and support they need to serve those in the church and the broader community who are facing unplanned, unexpected, or unexpectedly complicated pregnancies. The program was crafted out of Care Net’s decades of experience supporting thousands of community-based pregnancy centers across North America. Making Life Disciples takes this knowledge and applies it to the unique needs of churches.

The program originated out of empirical and anecdotal evidence that churches are not proactively engaged in ministry around abortion, even though abortions are not uncommon in the church. National data, such as that produced by the Guttmacher Institute, suggests that 54% of women who have abortions identify themselves as Christians. Care Net’s own research, released in November of 2015, found that 4 in 10 women were regularly attending church at the time of their abortion. (full report available at www.care-net.org/making-life-disciples-resources)

Given the frequency of abortion in the church and the lack of specific ministries or programs in the church to address this crisis, Care Net created Making Life Disciples.

“At Care Net, we believe that ‘life decisions need life support,’ and the church is the instrument God ordained to provide life support to women, men, and families to empower them to choose life for their unborn children and abundant life for their families,” said Roland C. Warren, president and CEO of Care Net.

This is especially true in urban areas, where there are often high concentrations of abortions and abortion providers, but few pregnancy centers. Even though Care Net currently supports a network of over 1,100 affiliated pregnancy centers across North America, relatively few of these centers are in urban areas. However, there are 350,000 churches in the United States, including many in urban communities. Making Life Disciples will mobilize and equip these churches to become the only life-affirming entities in their communities addressing abortion.

Additionally, even in communities with pregnancy centers, Making Life Disciples will create a bridge between those centers – which are set up for short-term support – and local churches, which are designed to provide long-term discipleship.

Additionally, while pregnancy centers primarily reach women and men who are not regular church attenders, Making Life Disciples is designed to reach those inside the church who may be unable or unwilling to visit a local pregnancy center, but are still in need of help with their pregnancy decision. Through providing such help, the church can then act as a conduit to the local pregnancy centers, who can continue to provide unique services such as free ultrasounds.

Dr. Tony Evans, Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX understands the unique role the church must play in ministering to abortion-minded women and men. “The pastor of a local church must somewhat view himself as a thermostat that sets the atmosphere and the temperature for how the church functions, particularly when it relates to people who are caught in circumstances such as unplanned pregnancies,” Evans said in a video produced for the curriculum.

Making Life Disciples is a comprehensive, six-part DVD curriculum, supplemented by printed leaders’ and participants’ guides. The sessions – such as “Pregnancy: Facing the Unknown,” “Connection, Communication, and Compassion,” and “Life-Affirming Alternatives” – are delivered by seasoned professionals of the family strengthening and pregnancy center movements, such as Roland C. Warren, Linda Cochrane, Cynthia Wenz, Ryan Bomberger, Jeanneanne Maxon, and Eric Scalise, Ph.D.

Regarding the plan for the program, Mary Chapman, Care Net’s Director of Church Outreach and Engagement, said, “Care Net will work through denominations, individual churches, ministry networks, and its network of pregnancy centers with the goal of equipping 1,000 churches with Making Life Disciples by 2020.”

“Because this is an issue of life, and God is the author of life, then we must be in life-related issues. For us it’s a priority and it should be a priority for any pastor concerned about comprehensive ministry,” said Dr. Evans in another curriculum video.

More information and supporting resources are available at makinglifedisciples.org and the program can be purchased at store.care-net.org/for-churches.

Founded in 1975, Care Net supports one of the largest networks of pregnancy centers in North America and runs the nation’s only real-time call center providing pregnancy decision coaching. Acknowledging that every human life begins at conception and is worthy of protection, Care Net offers compassion, hope, and help to anyone considering abortion by presenting them with realistic alternatives and Christ-centered support through its life-affirming network of pregnancy centers, organizations, and individuals. Learn more at www.care-net.org.

Evangelical Leaders Campaign for National Hope: ‘Make Church Great Again'(tm)

DENVER, Aug. 23, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — In just a few days, churches across the nation will attempt to inject hope into this election season by participating in a campaign of congregational renewal and extraordinary prayer. Pastor, author and conference speaker Daniel Henderson is spearheading this effort because he is convinced that too many Christians are feeling an unprecedented hopelessness about the current state of affairs in our nation. This campaign aims to instill new optimism and deeper faith in God’s ability to transform our society.

Henderson says, “We have overestimated the role national government serves in actually bringing real change to our nation. Our history proves that America has been more prosperous during times of spiritual revival. Our nation will never be great again until the church is great – according to God’s terms.” Henderson is convinced that the single greatest need in our nation today is Jesus Christ living through a revived church. The campaign will culminate with a live national webcast on October 22 (also called “Make CHURCH Great Again!”) with churches all across North America participating.

Daniel Henderson served as the pastor of several mega-churches over a period of 25 years and is now the leader of a national renewal movement, Strategic Renewal International. He speaks regularly in leadership conferences, local churches and is the author of 10 books.

The “Make Church Great Again” campaign will feature a four-week study designed for congregations, Sunday School classes and small groups. Each week will feature a 10-minute video lesson, interactive discussion guide and a dynamic participatory prayer tool. The four themes are:

  • Part One: The Picture of a Great Church
  • Part Two: The Portrait of a Great Christian
  • Part Three: The Priorities of a Great Leader
  • Part Four: The Possibility of a Great Future
Accompanying this study will be an optional resource, Henderson’s newest book, Old Paths, New Power – Awakening Your Church through Prayer and the Ministry of the Word.

Family Research Council Statement on NBA All-Star Game Re-Locating to New Orleans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the NBA announced it will move the 2017 NBA All-Star Game to New Orleans, Louisiana. The game was originally scheduled to be hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina, but the NBA moved the game out of Charlotte in protest over passage of North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which provides common sense protections for bathroom privacy and against government overreach.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

“I commend North Carolina Governor McCrory for his political courage and moral clarity in not caving in to the NBA’s threats to move the All-Star game. He stared down the giant of the NBA and stood strong against government discrimination of private entities and for the principles of protecting privacy and safety in government buildings.

“My home state of Louisiana, like North Carolina, is one of 32 states in the U.S. that does not force private businesses to allow men in women’s showers, locker rooms, and restrooms. On the other hand, in New Orleans—the same as in Charlotte—the NBA will be free to divide the restrooms at its own event on the basis of self-professed ‘gender identity’ instead of objective biological sex, if it wishes to do so. Only politics—not the well-being of transgender persons or anyone else—motivated this disruptive and punitive move.

“The hypocrisy of the NBA over North Carolina’s HB 2 law is utterly stunning. The NBA is willing to turn a blind eye and play games in countries, like the People’s Republic of China, that regularly oppress their own citizens.

“The NBA should focus on basketball, not on redefining what it means to be male or female,” concluded Perkins.