Liquid Church To Pack 200,000 Holiday Meals For Underprivileged New Jersey Families As Part Of Christmas Outreach Initiative

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In an effort to serve an increasing number of New Jersey families in need this Christmas, Liquid Church, one of New Jersey’s fastest growing Christian churches, has announced it will host a single-day Christmas Outreach event with 2,000 volunteers serving in 8 locations across 5 counties.

The largest Christmas Outreach in Liquid Church history, the event has 3 components. First, volunteers will work together to pack 200,000 meals for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to distribute this holiday season. Second, teams will select and wrap toys and gifts for more than 1,000 local children and their families to open together on Christmas morning. Third, volunteers are expected to donate hundreds of new or “nearly new” warm, winter coats to be distributed to those same families.

“We feel called to serve our neighbors in need and demonstrate Jesus Christ’s compassion to the hungry and hurting. Serving others really is the heartbeat of our church,” said Tim Lucas, lead pastor and founder of Liquid Church. “The need in our state is tremendous. New Jersey’s homeless population increased by 15-percent last year, and studies show that 38-percent of New Jersey families struggle to meet basic needs. That’s why we’ve stretched ourselves to make this the largest Christmas Outreach at Liquid Church.”

Liquid Church’s provision of 200,000 meals is its first step in meeting its recently announced goal to fund more than 1,000,000 meals for New Jersey’s hungry and homeless over the next 2 years, through strategic partnerships with local social service agencies.

“We want to help transform lives in New Jersey by expanding our ministry partnerships with those agencies already serving our state’s most vulnerable,” added Lucas.

Liquid Church’s 8 Christmas Outreach locations include Nutley in Essex County, Jersey City in Hudson County, Parsippany in Morris County, Hillsborough and Somerset in Somerset County, and Elizabeth, Garwood, and Mountainside in Union County.

The Christmas Outreach is a family event and children are welcome to serve alongside their parents.  Additional volunteers are welcome and attendance at Liquid Church is not required. Details and volunteer registration forms may be found online at


Liquid Church is one of New Jersey’s fastest-growing Christian churches. Officially launched in 2007 by Lead Pastor Tim Lucas, the church’s vision and mission is to “Saturate the State with the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” with campuses in Essex, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, and Union Counties. Each week, more than 3,500 people experience Liquid Church’s worship services in New Jersey and around the globe through Church Online. As part of its global outreach, Liquid provides clean drinking water to the poorest of the poor, with dozens of completed wells in several countries including El Salvador and Nicaragua – and most recently, Rwanda! Liquid Church’s innovative approaches to outreach and ministry have been spotlighted by CNN and The New York Times.

Conservative and Pro-Life Groups Denounce Planned Parenthood Violence

( Katy, Texas) Today a gunman held police at bay for several hours at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. At the end at least 3 people including one police officer, and two civilians were killed. up to nine more were injured.  Five of the injured are also police officers. All of the injured are now said to be in good condition. While the incident was still unfolding the Conservative, and Pro-Life communities were already condemning what was taking place.

Among the first were Operation Rescue, and Christian Defense Coalition. Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue released the following statement, “Operation Rescue unequivocally deplores and denounces all violence at abortion clinics and has a long history of working through peaceful channels to advocate on behalf of women and their babies. We express deep concern for everyone involved and are praying for the safety of those at the Planned Parenthood office and for law enforcement personnel. We pray this tragic situation can be quickly resolved without further injury to anyone,” He was joined by Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney who serves as Director of the Washington D.C. based Christian Defense Coalition. Mahoney framed his groups reaction this way, “Although we don’t know the reasons for the shooting near the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs today, the pro-life movement is praying for the safety of all involved and as a movement we have always unequivocally condemned all forms of violence at abortion clinics. We must continually as a nation stand against violence on all levels,”

Later in the day the Family Research Council also based in Washington D. C. joined in condemning the shooting. The group’s President Tony Perkins stated the group’s view of today’s events in the following statement,

“While the investigation into the shooting at the Planned Parenthood center continues, regardless of what the motive is determined to be, we strongly condemn this violence. As the target of domestic terrorism inspired by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the staff of the Family Research Council empathize with all the victims of this violence. All of us at the Family Research Council join with the pro-life movement in praying for the injured officers and victims of these deplorable acts.

“Only through peaceful means –not violence— can we truly become a nation that once again values all human life, born and unborn,” concluded Perkins.

After these statements were made the gunman was identified as Robert Lewis Dear. No information on his motive has yet been released. Even without knowing his motive, we at FaithInspire.Org condemn his actions in the strongest possible terms. Such violence is not how we as Christians should solve our disputes. There will be an ongoing need for prayer stemming from this tragedy. We should and shall encourage all our followers and supporters to make sure that the people, families, and police officers impacted by this tragedy remain in our prayers.

Christian Song Funds Bible Translations

SWINDON, England, Nov.23, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — The Christian song “Your Word” that reaffirms the truth and hope found in the Bible will be released in the top 10 languages of Bible readers from November 20, 2015 and the following week onwards. Written and produced by a multi-award winning production team led by Billy Dorsey, the worship song will be commercially released to iTunes and other digital music retailers around the world. The English version of the song will feature Billy Dorsey, together with Lakewood Church Senior Worship Leader and international recording artist Cindy Cruse Ratcliff. Other language versions will feature vocals by award-winning Christian music veterans from around the world including:
·  Pastor Marcos Witt, 27 million album selling, five-time Latin Grammy Award winner (Spanish)
·  Sefora Nelson, four-time German Billboard #1 album charting (German)
·  André Valadão, 15 million album selling member of Diante do Trono (Brazil)
·  Thierry Ostrini (France)
·  Lidia Genta (Italy)
·  Darina Kochanzhi (Ukraine)
·  Israel Roytman (Israel)
·  Stream of Praise (China)
The project was born in partnership with United Bible Societies, which believes the Bible is for everyone and is working towards the day when everyone can access the Bible in the language and medium of their choice. Net proceeds from each song will go to the Bible Societies in the countries of the featured musicians to support Bible work in their local languages. In a small way each person purchasing the song, and each radio station playing it, will support new Bible translations and provide Bibles to those who still do not have their own personal copy of the Scriptures.
Billy Dorsey:
Billy Dorsey, who became widely known and awarded for his work on LeCrae’s Rehab: The Overdose album, was delivered from homelessness 14 years ago to working on albums that have won a Grammy, two Dove awards, two Stellar Awards, and a host of other awards, producing records for Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Tenth Avenue North, Needtobreathe, Da’Dra Crawford Greathouse and Cindy Cruse Ratcliff of Lakewood Church, and many others. Dorsey is also a 2015 Spirit of Excellence Award winner. Read more:
United Bible Societies:
United Bible Societies is a global network of Bible Societies working in over 200 countries and territories across the world. Together, they are the world’s biggest translator, publisher and distributor of the Bible. Bible Societies are also active in areas such as HIV/AIDS prevention, trauma healing and literacy. Bible Societies work with all Christian Churches and many international non-governmental organisations. Last year saw the highest number of printed Bibles ever distributed by Bible Societies around the world. Nearly 34 million full Bibles were distributed, a rise of 6% over figures from a year earlier, and 14% higher than the number distributed in the first year of the decade. Read more:

DivorceCare Releases New Ebook on How Your Church Can Respond to the Gray Divorce Crisis

WAKE FOREST, N.C., Nov. 18, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The divorce rate of those over 50 in America doubled between 1990 and 2010. This startling statistic has led to the rise of what’s commonly called the gray divorce revolution. But a new ebook from DivorceCare describes this trend as the gray divorce crisis, one that’s profoundly impacting your church and community.

In the book, DivorceCare founder Steve Grissom explains what gray divorce is and how your church can respond.

You’ll discover:

  • 8 reasons why gray divorce happens
  • 7 hardships that Baby Boomers face in gray divorce
  • 10 practical tips for ministry you can begin applying right now
  • Strategies for helping young couples avoid gray divorce

Families and churches are significantly impacted by gray divorce:

The couple: Loss of financial security, retirement income, health insurance, family and church support, friends, a home, and possibly even a beloved pet. There are also health implications, chance of depression, heightened stress, and increased chance of harmful behaviors.

Grown children: Couples must deal with shifting relationships with grown children (and grandchildren). Grown children must come to terms with the end of their parents’ relationship; it can impact views of their own marriage.

Churches: Often when there is a divorce, one or both individuals leave their church. This means loss of seasoned leaders and crucial financial support.

“‘Gray Divorce Crisis’ is a much-needed and timely resource,” said DivorceCare president Steve Grissom. “We anticipate the number of those involved in a gray divorce will only swell in the coming years. Churches need to be equipped to minister to these hurting people.”

Download “Gray Divorce Crisis: 10 Ways Your Church Can Respond to the Baby Boomer Divorce Epidemic” right now:

If you’re interested in launching a DivorceCare group, visit or call the DivorceCare offices at 800-395-5755.

DivorceCare is a weekly video-based series for people who are separated or divorced. The curriculum features over 50 top Christian experts on divorce and recovery topics. More than 14,000 churches worldwide are equipped to offer the DivorceCare program. Learn more at

U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 26, 2015

In typical movement fashion this article by the U. S. Census Bureau talks at length about the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday, without ever mentioning the obvious role that the Christian faith of the early Christian Pilgrims played in its beginning.

They do mention President Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation of October 1863 where it was first officially established. In that proclamation Lincoln said in part, ” No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” So Lincoln himself made clear that the object of this national day of thanksgiving, was and is to give thanks to God.

This having been said the following article does contain some interesting statistics to think about as we approach the day we make a point to show our gratitude to Almighty God.- Pastor Robert A. Crutchfield


WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony — held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. This event is regarded by many as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag Indians in attendance played a key role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America. These include the British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619.

The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday 152 years ago (Oct. 3, 1863) when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.

Where to Feast

117 million
Number of occupied housing units across the nation in the second quarter of 2015 — all potential stops for Thanksgiving dinner.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing Vacancies and Homeownership, Table 8

4.5 million
Number of multigenerational households in the U.S. in 2014. It is possible these households, consisting of three or more generations, will have to purchase large quantities of food to accommodate all the family members sitting around the table for the holiday feast — even if there are no guests!
Source: 2014 American Community Survey, Table B11017

Number of places in the United States named after the holiday’s traditional main course. Turkey Creek Village, La., was the most populous in 2014, with 443 residents, followed by Turkey Creek, Ariz. (412), Turkey City, Texas (396) and Turkey Town, N.C. (296). There are also 11 townships in the U.S. with “Turkey” in the name. (Please note that the Turkey Creek, Ariz., population total pertains to the 2009-2013 American Community Survey and is not statistically different from the population estimates of the other three places.)
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimates

U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2013 American Community Survey

Number of places and townships in the United States that are named Cranberry, a popular side dish at Thanksgiving. Cranberry township (Butler County), Pa., was the most populous of these places in 2014, with 30,170 residents. Cranberry township (Venango County), Pa., was next (6,546).
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 Population Estimates and 2010 Census Summary File 1

Number of counties, places and townships in the United States named Plymouth, as in Plymouth Rock, the landing site of the first Pilgrims. The two counties, both named Plymouth, are in Massachusetts (507,022) and Iowa (24,874).

Plymouth, Minn., is the most populous place, with 75,057 residents in 2014. There are two places in the United States named Pilgrim: one, a township in Dade County, Mo., had a population of 129; the other, a census designated place in Michigan, had a population of 36. And then there is Mayflower, Ark., whose population was 2,345, and Mayflower Village, Calif., whose population was 5,662.

Note: Townships have been included in these counts from 12 states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin) where the primary governmental or administrative divisions of a county serve as general-purpose local governments that can perform the same governmental functions as incorporated places. These county subdivisions are known as minor civil divisions, and the Census Bureau presents data for these in all products for which place data are provided.

(Please note that population totals for the two places on the list that are census designated places — Pilgrim, Mich., and Mayflower Village, Calif. — pertain to the 2009-2013 American Community Survey.)

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Vintage 2014 Population Estimates

U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2013 American Community Survey

Participants in the First Feast

24.4 million
Number of U.S. residents of English ancestry as of 2014. Some could very well be descendants of the Plymouth colonists who participated in the autumn feast that is widely believed to be one of the first Thanksgivings — especially the 655,000 living in Massachusetts.
Source: 2014 American Community Survey, Table B04006

Number of members of the Wampanoag American Indian tribal grouping, as of 2010, roughly half of whom reside in Massachusetts. The Wampanoag, the American Indians in attendance, played a lead role in this historic encounter, and they had been essential to the survival of the colonists during the newcomers’ first year. The Wampanoag are a people with a sophisticated society who have occupied the region for thousands of years. They have their own government, their own religious and philosophical beliefs, their own knowledge system, and their own culture. They are also a people for whom giving thanks was a part of daily life.
Sources: 2010 Census American Indian and Alaska Native Summary File, Table DP-1

American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving, National Museum of the American Indian

Preparing the Feast … Enjoying the Day … and the Aftermath

Percentage of households in 2011 with a gas or electric stove — essential for cooking their Thanksgiving feast. Another 96.8 percent had a microwave, also helpful in preparing the meal.
Source: Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States: 2011,
Table 3

Percentage of households with a television in 2011. No doubt, many guests either before, after or perhaps even during the feast will settle in front of their TVs to watch some football.
Source: Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States: 2011,
Table 3

Percentage of households with a stand-alone food freezer in 2011, which they may want to use to preserve their Thanksgiving leftovers. Far more (99.2 percent) have a refrigerator. Once all the guests leave, it will be time to clean up. Fortunately, 69.3 percent have a dishwasher to make the task easier.
Source: Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States: 2011,
Table 3

Culinary Delights

The number of supermarkets and other grocery (except convenience) stores in the United States in 2013. These establishments are expected to be extremely busy around Thanksgiving as people prepare for their delightful meals.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 County Business Patterns, NAICS Code 44511

The number of baked goods stores in the United States in 2013 — a potential place to visit to purchase tasty desserts.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 County Business Patterns, NAICS Code 445291

The number of fruit and vegetable markets in the United States in 2013 — a great place to find holiday side dishes.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 County Business Patterns, NAICS Code 445230

228 million
The forecast for the number of turkeys the United States will raise in 2015. That is down 4 percent from the number raised during 2014.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

40.0 million
The forecast for the number of turkeys Minnesota will raise in 2015. The Gopher State was tops in turkey production, followed by North Carolina (29 million), Arkansas (27 million), Indiana (19.1 million), Missouri (18 million) and Virginia (17.4 million).
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

$24 million
The value of U.S. imports of live turkeys for 2014, with 100 percent of them coming from Canada. When it comes to sweet potatoes, the Dominican Republic was the source of 48.8 percent ($6.6 million) of total imports ($13.6 million). The United States ran a $16.5 million trade deficit in live turkeys during the period but had a surplus of $98.3 million in sweet potatoes.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Economic Indicators Division

841 million pounds
The forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2015. Wisconsin was estimated to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 503 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts (estimated at 211 million). New Jersey, Oregon and Washington were also estimated to have substantial production, ranging from 18 million to 59 million pounds.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

3.0 billion pounds
The total weight of sweet potatoes — another popular Thanksgiving side dish — produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2014.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Alveda King: Paris Terror Should Remind Us to Pray

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Alveda King releases the following and is available for comment:
With the recent terrorists outbreak in Paris comes the urgent reminder of how everywhere people need the Lord.
Now, as we pray for the families who have lost loved ones to terrorism in Paris and around the world, let’s examine the facts surrounding the terror.
Abraham’s family feud
The family feud between Muslims and Jews aka Arabs and Hebrews is ancient. They have the same Grandfather, Abraham. For a solution, reconciliation is required. All the bombs and guns in the world won’t do it. Isaac and Ishmael must come together in God’s love and grace. All Arabs and Muslims aren’t evil.
Conflict between the two sons of Abraham began from the very start. Genesis 21:9 says the conflict began just after Isaac was weaned: “Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.”
Galatians 4 tells us that Ishmael had been “born according to the flesh” while Isaac had been “born according to the promise.” Isaac replaced Ishmael as the favored son and heir. This, of course, made Ishmael jealous and bitter. As a result, he mocked and disdained his half-brother. Eventually the situation became so intolerable that Abraham’s wife Sarah demanded that Ishmael and his Egyptian concubine mother, Hagar, be expelled permanently from Abraham’s family.
But YHWH loved Hagar and her son, and had mercy upon them. The Bible and Islamic tradition both agree that Ishmael became the leader of all the great desert peoples of the Middle East.
Yet, this jealousy and resentment between Sarah and Hagar and their sons Isaac and Ishmael created an unparalleled hate which has set off wars and atrocities for four thousand years. In spite of wealth and blessings that God promised and delivers to both Ishmael and Isaac, it is the title deed to the land of Israel, which God promised to Abraham’s lineage, which has been the source of the friction between the Jews and the Arabs right up to the present day.
A world in trouble
Having explained all of this, there is still no excuse for terrorism. ISIS must go. Yet lest we forget, ISIS is not the only threat to our nation and the word. Poverty, racism, domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual perversion, abortion and so much more are also rending the moral fabric of our world.
The solution
With global threats, looming elections, war talk and the like, we must ask ourselves if human solutions will be enough to sustain our world. Is there more from heavenly corridors?
“God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” John 3:16 GW
Now more than ever we must cry out to God for deliverance. Pray for America and our world.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Sends Internationally-Coordinated Team of Chaplains to Paris Following Terrorist Attacks

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 15, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks that shocked Paris Friday night, a team of chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is headed to France’s capital city to offer emotional and spiritual care.

At the direction of Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), an international consortium of BGEA’s U.S., Canada and U.K. Rapid Response Teams has coordinated together to send six French-speaking, crisis-trained chaplains to offer emotional and spiritual care and support in the heart of Paris.

“Join me in praying for the French people,” Franklin Graham said, “all those injured and the loved ones of the victims of these barbaric attacks.”

Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, added, “This has been reported as the worst tragedy in France since World War II. We want to encourage them, let them know we’re here to support them.”

The chaplains—who will be working directly with a church in Paris, as well as up to three other Christian organizations—are scheduled to arrive on Monday morning. This will be the first BGEA internationally-coordinated relief effort since the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Billy Graham’s ministry in Paris included four Crusades, most recently in 1986. BGEA’s Internet Evangelism ministry has partnered with Paris-based since 2011.

“We’ll be there for the people on the streets, the storekeepers, the café workers to listen and provide comfort,” Munday said. “They need to know that God loves them and hasn’t forgotten them.”

For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit Updates can also be found at

About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into a nationwide network of chaplains in 48 states who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 200 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

University Proposes to Buy Public Sidewalk to Stop Anti-Abortion Free Speech

School calls for “Safe Zones” to protect students from being “unhappy”

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 13, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — First students at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio tried knocking over our signs. Then one student recruited a “bed sheet brigade” to try to cover our pictures of abortion victims. Another stood in the street in front of our Truth Truck and JumboTV trailer to stop it from reaching the campus. Now, when all else has failed, Otterbein is going to even greater lengths to censor our First Amendment rights.

Otterbein360, the campus newspaper, reports the student government of the liberal arts university is considering a proposal to purchase the public sidewalk where we conduct outreach to stop our free speech.

Video: Watch report from the sidewalk Otterbein University wants to buy

“Yale, University of Missouri, and now Otterbein reveal an epidemic on our campuses of adults being treated like babies who need to be coddled and sheltered from difficult subjects. These students are our future leaders and decision-makers. It is imperative they be exposed to differing viewpoints. Political correctness has run amok. Created Equal will not stop expressing our God given rights to free speech.” — Mark Harrington, National Director, Created Equal

Preferring censorship to robust debate, this vocal minority is indicative of a generation not only too weak to deal with inconvenient truths but also too willing to punish whistleblowers . . . Our campuses are turning into a nightmare from Neverland—with children who “won’t grow up” habitually playing the victim card—rather than centers of vigorous discourse. . . . Peter Pan’s incessant “I won’t grow up” mantra may make for pleasant entertainment for our kids, but it is nothing less than horrifying when it becomes the drumbeat of those aspiring to be adults.

  • Click here to read the rest of our blog commentary “We won’t grow up!” about the development at Otterbein.
  • Click here to watch video of our interaction with the leader of Otterbein’s “bed sheet brigade.”
  • See photos of our outreach on the sidewalk the school may purchase: September and October.

Prison Fellowship International Rescues Children of Prisoners in Africa

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — The quality of life for hundreds of children in Zimbabwe is about to improve thanks to a new partnership agreement between Prison Fellowship International (PFI) and Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe. After a year of preparation, PFI’s Children of Prisoners Program launched in Zimbabwe on September 19 with the enrollment of the first 50 children.

There are 12.4 million children outside of the U.S. who have lost one or both parents to imprisonment. Many struggle to live a normal, safe, healthy life while their parent—often the family’s breadwinner—is behind bars. Over 1 million of these children live in particularly horrific circumstances—forced to beg for food, or drop out of school to work in dangerous conditions. They are stigmatized and discriminated against for being associated with a criminal.

PFI’s Children of Prisoners Program works in partnership with Prison Fellowship affiliates around the world to rescue, restore, and rebuild the lives of poor and vulnerable children of prisoners. The program ensures children have safe housing and protection from exploitation, and abuse, as well as proper nutrition, medical care, access to education, and the opportunity to develop emotional and spiritual strength.

Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe Executive Director Peter Mandianike is excited for the opportunity to care for this often forgotten margin of society. “Many deal with those in prison,” he says. “But no one thinks of what happens to the family left outside.”

The Children of Prisoners Program currently serves over 4,000 children throughout Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Over the next three years, Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe plans to care for 1,000 children. And through partnering affiliates like Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe in other countries, Prison Fellowship International is on track to care for 20,000 children of prisoners by 2020.

CEO Frank Lofaro says, “As a father, I often think, ‘What if these were my children?’ I’m blessed to be a part of helping these precious children is such a significant way.”

About Prison Fellowship International: Founded in 1979 by Charles Colson, Prison Fellowship International is dedicated to helping alleviate the suffering of prisoners and their families, and advance restorative justice in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit

Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe: Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe was founded in 1986, and is actively ministering in 36 of the country’s 64 prisons.

Christian Perspectives on Veteran’s Day 2015

By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Founder and Editor, FaithInspires.Org

In Acts Chapter 10 we find the story of Cornelius the centurion. A man who was not just a soldier but a man who commanded 100 soldiers in battle after battle. Verse 2 tells us, “ He and his whole household were pious,Gentle God worshipers. He gave generously to those in need among the Jewish prayed to God constantly.” Later in Verse 22 his messengers said of him, “ … a centurion and righteous man, a God worshiper who is well-respected by all Jewish people.” Acts Chapter 10 even tells us of God sending angels to talk to Cornelius. From this we can tell that God is concerned about those who serve in the military. They flourish under God’s care just as we all do.

In considering the responsibility of a member of the military from a Christian faith perspective we look at Ezekiel 33:6 where it says “But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.” What we learn here is that while God hates war, he understands that in this imperfect world war happens. Knowing this he provides us with men and women endowed with the necessary gifts to defend us when needed. God holds those charged with our defense accountable for our safety. This same need is echoed from our American History in the words of George Washington, “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” God not only prepares us for war when it must happen, He also prepares those who defend us, through his relationship with them. We saw this with Cornelius where scripture tells us he “prayed to God constantly.” I know first hand that many of our military members do this even today. So while we very much be very grateful to every individual who has ever worn our nations uniform, as Christians we should also be grateful to God for providing us with such amazing unique individuals for our defense in the first place.

I served in the Texas State Guard many years ago. I also served in the Coast Guard Auxiliary along active and reserve Coast Guard members. I am a life member of the Navy League of the United States, and a former local board member with the U.S. Selective Service System. So I have been lucky to observe and be around members of our military from a variety of perspectives. So when I tell you that on Veteran’s Day that those who serve to protect us deserve our enduring gratitude. I speak from first hand experience, up close. One of the best ways we as Christians can thank our veterans is to pray for them. Many bear emotional scars years after the battle that the rest of us cannot even imagine. Some of them have suffered financially because of their service. Some have lost arms or legs, or have suffered head injuries that have caused many difficulties. The cost of our defense can be high to those who are charged with our defense. God’s comfort, strength, and companionship can be critical to them. You may not think you even know any veterans. As in all things, this does not restrict your prayer. God knows the names, God knows the needs. No sincere prayer will ever go unneeded or unheeded..

When I was in uniform I was blessed to not see combat. But I served, and as one who served I want to extend my prayers, and my enduring gratitude to every single person who has ever honorably worn our nation’s uniform. Thank you for giving me the right, and opportunity to say Happy Veteran’s Day, and God bless you for your service !


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