(Katy, Texas) Christian writer and blogger Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield learned yesterday that he has won Article of the Month for December in Scriggler.com’s international writing competition. It was barely two months ago that he won Article of the Month, and Author of the Month in the same competition. This latest victory gives him three international writing awards in as many months.
Crutchfield won in December with his article, What Compass Guides Your Thinking ? In it he discusses the conflict that people often face between popular culture, peer pressure etc. and spiritual teachings. In the article he makes the point that just as with computers, if you don’t like your output ( life direction etc.,) You must change your input. ( Cultural influences, Spiritual influences etc.) His article came in first out of 217 other entrants. Commenting on his latest win he said “ Its always nice to see your efforts recognized. This is a reader’s choice type of reward so I am very grateful to the readers at Scriggler.com for it. At the same time its true value to me lies in using it as an opportunity to bring our ministry to the attention of a constantly widening audience.” The article drew so much support that Crutchfield came in fourth out of 336 total entrants for December’s Author of the Month title. By contrast when he won Author of the Month in October he had three articles entered. All three finished in the top ten that month, two of them in the top five.
Crutchfield is founder of FaithInspires.Org a Christian news and information blog read all over the world. FaithInspires.Org was recently ranked 33rd out of 971 member blogs by the Fellowship of Christian Bloggers. He is also a Christian growth and healing expert at Self-Growth.com the world’s leading self-help website. In addition he is Pastor at Compassion Church of Katy in Katy, Texas outside Houston. Crutchfield founded that small congregation and preaches locally almost every week. He previously served as chaplain of the Katy Fire and EMS Department.
Malteser International Americas Announces Thomas A. Wessels as Succeeding President of Disaster Relief Organization
MIAMI, Dec. 28, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Malteser International Americas, the Miami-based global humanitarian organization and relief agency of the Order of Malta, has elected MG (Ret) Thomas A. Wessels, KMOb, of Atlanta, Georgia as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Wessels, former First Vice President at Merrill Lynch and retired Major General of the United States Army Reserves, currently sits as a Director on the Board of Directors, and he is a Knight of Malta in Obedience for the Order of Malta, U.S. Federal Association.
His financial acumen combined with his strategic military experience are tremendous assets, which will drive the organization effectively forward in a fiscally responsible manner, while being a dutiful champion of the organization’s mission to serve vulnerable and marginalized people, and ensure they live a healthy life with dignity.
“I live by my faith and have taken a vow to care for the poor and the sick, and in my new role as President of Malteser International Americas, I pledge to live by the organizations’ faithful values of caring, accountability, teamwork, and excellence,” said Thomas A. Wessels, President-Elect, Malteser International Americas. “I am honored to use my lifetime of experience to help build greater awareness of the fine work Malteser International does for those affected by poverty, disease, conflict and disaster,” he continued.
The President-Elect will assume his new role on January 1, 2017, when he takes over for retiring President, James F. O’Connor, who – for the last six years in his leadership role – has exhibited a great commitment of coming to the aid of the world’s most vulnerable.
“Jim is a fearless leader who also possesses a heart filled with compassion for his fellow man, especially those who are suffering. He has played an integral role in the success and growth of the organization since its inception. The excellent work that he accomplished during his tenure has brought Malteser International Americas into the hearts and minds of our supporters in the Western Hemisphere,” said Ravi Tripptrap, Executive Director, Malteser International Americas.
“In the six years I have presided over the Board of Directors, I have seen families ripped apart by devastation. Natural and manmade disasters in the Americas, and across the globe, have left so many with despair. Fortunately, our emergency relief efforts at Malteser International Americas, give these survivors hope. That is why I have worked diligently to make sure that vulnerable and marginalized people in forgotten regions in this world get the help they need when they need it,” said James F. O’Connor, President, Malteser International Americas. “Tom, a fellow Knight of the Order, brings a wealth of experience to this position, and I wish him continued success in the years to come.”
This year alone, Malteser International Americas has been at the forefront of tackling some of the greatest challenges facing the Americas:
Implemented immediate relief measures in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew to provide survivors with critical hygiene materials to reduce the risk of another deadly cholera epidemic, and dispensed clean-up kits and aid to restore livelihood
Took action in Colombia to educate and protect pregnant women and their unborn babies from the Zika virus by providing prevention kits to often neglected populations where stagnant water is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitos
Launched a fresh water program in the southwest of Haiti where the worst drought in 35 years has put those already experiencing profound poverty and extreme vulnerability in further jeopardy
Created a new program aimed at reducing maternal and child mortality in remote areas of Colombia by providing those who are at-risk, and have been discriminated against, access to rehabilitated, better-equipped health centers with trained female health care workers
Also newly elected is Edward J. Delaney, KM, of Winchester, Massachusetts. He currently sits as a Director on the Board and he was appointed to Vice President. Mr. Delaney brings to the position entrepreneurial expertise and substantial business experience. He is a Knight of Malta for the Order of Malta, U.S. American Association.
The Malteser International Americas’ Board of Directors is composed of 10 volunteer members representing a variety of personal and professional backgrounds. The board is currently comprised of a team of experienced leaders with combined experience in fundraising, finance, law, corporate governance, education, strategic planning, and senior management.
About Malteser International Americas:
Malteser International Americas is a global humanitarian organization with a mission of supporting the vulnerable and marginalized so that they may live a healthy life with dignity. Through our U.S. headquarters, Malteser International Americas provides immediate disaster response and preparedness as well as vital healthcare and nutrition to vulnerable people in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Visit www.orderofmaltarelief.org to learn more.
Junior linebacker was second in the nation with 12.3 tackles per game.
HOUSTON – HBU junior linebacker Garrett Dolan was voted to the Associated Press (AP) 2016 FCS All-America Team Thursday, becoming the first Husky to earn All-America status.
“In the third year of our program, to have an AP All-America player is really significant and it is a real credit to Garrett,” HBU head coach Vic Shealy said. “Guys like him are easy to coach, because you can’t challenge them enough – you put them in difficult situations and they don’t see any task as impossible. Garrett continues to buy into the fact that hard work pays off and never takes a short cut, with a lot of that starting in the weight room.”
Dolan, a third-team selection, led the Southland Conference and ranked second nationally with 12.3 tackles per game. The Mont Belvieu, Texas, native totaled 135 tackles, while adding two sacks, two forced fumbles and two recoveries. He started off the season by tying his career high with 18 tackles against Central Arkansas. In the Huskies’ first-ever conference road win at Lamar, Dolan recorded 14 tackles and also forced and recovered a fumble, which set up HBU’s opening touchdown to earn Southland Defensive Player of the Week Honors. He was a finalist for the FCS STATS Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, which honors the top defensive player in the FCS, and has been an all-conference pick all three years, including first-team honors this season.
“Our team has amazing respect for Garrett, because they know he is going to work and is committed to making himself better everyday,” Shealy said. “To achieve what he has, you have to play well, it’s not just about stats. This season, he moved better in space and did not miss very many tackles. (Co-Defensive Coordinator) Charlie Camp has done a great job with him, with Charlie’s experience playing the position really helping Garrett improve.”
In their third official season, the Huskies set several program records, including all-conference selections (8), wins (4), conference wins (3) and scored the first conference road victory with a 24-17 win at Lamar on Oct. 29.
Dolan was one of four All-America selections from the Southland, joined by Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe and defensive end P.J. Hall, who were first-team picks, and Southeastern Louisiana offensive lineman Taylor Gadbois, who was also on the third team.
Katy,Texas)- The “Matriarch” of New Life Christian Church in New Hartford outside of Utica, New York has been jailed following the beatings of two boys aged 17 & 19. The beatings included 9 people in total and lasted all night. The boys were reportedly beaten for wanting to leave the church. One of the boys have died from the injuries sustained that night.
On hearing of the incident Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, founder of FaithInspires.Org and Scriggler.Com Author of the Month for October 2016 released the following statement,
“ I have no independent knowledge of this incident. However what has been alleged is disturbing to me. And it should be disturbing to anyone in church leadership ! I want to be as clear as possible, beating someone is not acceptable as a means of membership retention. Beating someone is not acceptable as a means of church discipline. Beating someone is not acceptable as a method of persuasion in any part of ministry practice. The church is not some sort of street gang where once you have been “jumped in” you must be “jumped out.” What these 9 church leaders in New York are accused of reminds me more of the “Sharia Law” kind of discipline most of us Christians find abhorrent, than anything found in the teachings of our beloved savior Jesus Christ. My prayers remain with the families of the teens involved and the members of the church where this happened.”
Crutchfield’s blog FaithInspires.Org is read in nearly every nation of the world. It is currently ranked 33rd out of 965 member blogs by the Fellowship of Christian Bloggers. He also serves as a Christian Growth and Healing Expert at SelfGrowth.Com, one of the world’s leading self-help websites. He won both Article of the Month and Author of the Month Awards in Scriggler.com’s monthly competition in October 2016. He has been seen in ChristianHeadlines. Com, Google News and other sites & publications.
JERUSALEM, Nov. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Friends of Zion Heritage Center (FOZHC) – with its campus located in the heart of Jerusalem and consisting of the internationally renowned Friends of Zion Museum visited by over 100,000 guests last year – hosted more than 80 distinguished guests representing more than 30 nations on Wednesday November 23rd, 2016 to mark the commencement of Phase II of its Ambassador Institute development initiative. The Ambassador Institute is focused on combatting anti-Semitism through partnership with the Christian community.
Distinguished guests included Ambassadors, Ministers, Members of the Diplomatic Core, Members of Parliament and other honored guests. The late President Shimon Peres served as International Chair of the Friends of Zion Heritage Center up until the time of his death in September of this year. Diplomats in attendance included representatives from Belgium, Brazil, India, Japan, and Russia. The event took place following the Jerusalem Post’s Diplomatic Summit where Friends of Zion president, Dr. Michael Evans, joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a keynote presenter.
H.E. Deborah Lyons, Ambassador of Canada to Israel, reflected, “Tolerance, understanding, dialogue and cooperation are part of our people, the same way our trees and mountains are. We are honored to be a part of an event which promotes these shared core values.”
H.E. Martin Weiss, Ambassador of Austria to Israel, said, “Our people share a long history with the Jewish people, and it is more important now than ever that we stand with Israel and create friends around the world.”
The FOZHC is devoted to the celebration of Christian Zionists from around the world who have energetically worked to protect the Jewish people from persecution and whose efforts were instrumental in the creation and establishment of the State of Israel.
The Friends of Zion Museum is a one-of-a-kind multimedia experience that utilizes state-of-the-art technology, immersive video content, touch screens and 3D displays to commemorate the lives and efforts of 33 individuals including biblical heroes, businessmen, academics and military figures who helped forge the everlasting bond between the Jewish and Christian peoples.
Phase I of the development initiative spanned the last 24 months and included over $50 million in investment into the Heritage Center campus and museum.
Phase II will bring the total investment to more than $100 million and will unite the Friends of Zion Research Institute’s communication center and the Ambassador Institute. Currently Friends of Zion boasts over 13 million fans on social media with over 550,000 joining each week, the majority of whom are millennials. The FOZHC is on track to reach its ambitious goal of accumulating 100 million fans in 5 years.
“We are tremendously honored to bring together such a distinguished list of diplomats, statesmen and other honored guests to celebrate the Friends of Zion movement,” says FOZHC President, Michael Evans. “The Friends of Zion Ambassador Institute is an ambitious plan to unite, mobilize and educate the millions upon millions of Christian Zionists from around the world. Phase II will enable us to continue training tens of thousands of Christian Zionists as ambassadors through their smart phones and on social media, while also leveraging adaptive learning to speak up and stand up for Israel in their own countries, college campuses and in political halls of power.”
FOZHC will have a real time social network communication hub providing rapid response to anti-Semitism online and it will be linked to the thousands of Christian TV and radio stations, print media, churches, and universities worldwide with pro-Israel content packages and video clips going out weekly. FOZHC will also collaborate with one of the world’s leading research companies to create Israel’s first Christian Zionist think tank.
About Friends of Zion – Located in the heart of Jerusalem, the Friends of Zion Heritage Center is dedicated to bringing stories of love and heroism to the world. Magnificently told using ground-breaking technology found nowhere else in the nation, visitors experience the unfolding story as though stepping back in time. Accompanied by a moving original musical score, fantastic surround sound, lighting second-to-none and interactive displays that appear to come to life before your very eyes, the Friends of Zion Museum is a once in a lifetime experience for audiences from around the world. Visitors enter a whole new world, where they meet the biblical figures, academics, businessmen, and military officials who, through their faith, have forged an everlasting bond between the Jewish and Christian peoples.
Dr. Michael D. Evans is an award-winning journalist who has served as a confidant to multiple Prime Ministers of Israel and leaders in the Middle East for more than two decades. He has spoken in thousands of churches and appeared on hundreds of network television and radio shows, including Good Morning America, Crossfire, and Nightline, including multiple appearances on the 700 Club. He appears frequently on Fox News, CNN World News, NBC, ABC, and CBS, and his insightful articles and perspectives on Israel and the Middle East have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Times, Jerusalem Post, and newspapers worldwide. Dr. Mike Evans is considered one of the world’s leading experts on Israel and the Middle East, and he is one of the most sought-after speakers on the subject.
BALTIMORE—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during today’s annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore. Cardinal DiNardo has served as vice president of the USCCB since 2013. Archbishop Jose Gomez was elected as USCCB vice president.
Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Gomez are elected to three-year terms and succeed Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, and Cardinal DiNardo, respectively. The new president and vice president terms begin at the conclusion of the General Assembly on November 15.
Cardinal DiNardo was elected president on the first ballot with 113 votes. Archbishop Gomez was elected vice president on the third ballot by 131-84 in a runoff vote against Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans.
The president and vice president are elected by a simple majority from a slate of 10 nominees. If no president or vice president is chosen after the second round of voting, a third ballot is a run-off between the two bishops who received the most votes on the second ballot.
Cardinal DiNardo was born May 23, 1949, and ordained a priest of Pittsburgh on June 16, 1977. He previously served as bishop of Sioux City, Iowa, from 1998-2004 before being appointed to coadjutor bishop, then archbishop, of Galveston-Houston. Pope Benedict XVI named him a cardinal in 2007, making him the first cardinal from Texas. Archbishop Gomez was born December 26, 1951, in Monterrey, Mexico. He was ordained a priest on August 15, 1978. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Denver in 2001, and in 2004, he was appointed archbishop of San Antonio. He was appointed coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles in 2010, and was installed as archbishop of Los Angeles in 2011.
The bishops also chose the chairmen-elect of five committees and new members of the board of Catholic Relief Services, (CRS). The bishops elected are:
Bishop Robert P. Deeley of Portland, Maine, chairman-elect of the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance in a 111-89 vote over Bishop David M. Malloy of Rockford, Illinois.
Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of Scranton, Pennsylvania, chairman-elect of the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs in a 115-90 vote over Bishop Michael C. Barber of Oakland, California.
Bishop Robert E. Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, chairman-elect of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis in a 122-90 vote over Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for Military Services, chairman-elect of the Committee on International Justice and Peace in a 127-88 vote over Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego.
Bishop Timothy L. Doherty of Lafayette, Indiana, chairman-elect of the Committee on Protection of Children and Young People in a 128-86 vote over Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, Washington.
Each bishop elected will serve for one year as secretary-elect or chairman-elect before beginning a three-year term.
Bishops elected to the CRS board were: Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, Bishop Gregory Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida; and Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In November 2015, Archbishop Gomez was elected to chair the Committee on Migration for a term beginning this week. Since his election as USCCB vice-president prevents him from assuming leadership of the committee, the bishops will elect a new chairman at a later time.
(Katy, Texas)- With only days remaining Faithinspires.Org Founder Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield is leading in the Author of the Month Contest at Scriggler.com. The contest is based on the three most popular publications a writer has at that site for a particular month. Writers can make submissions in opinion articles, poems, stories etc. All three of Crutchfield’s articles in the competition are vying in the opinion article category, although writers can enter any combination of manuscripts. In fact all three of Crutchfield’s articles are in the top 10 in their category !
The articles making up Crutchfields entry, and their current rankings are,
How Not to Buy Electronics– Leveraging off Crutchfield’s over 10 years experience in consumer electronics, this article shows how consumers can be more informed in their buying approach. Currently ranked 1 out of 239 entries. Read full article.
Customer Service Tips Every Retail Associate Should Know– Also based on Crutchfield’s secular experience. This article shows different strategies a retail associate can use to gain happier, more satisfied customers. This article is currently ranked 3rd out of 239 entries. Read Full Article.
The Story of a Grandfather’s Pride– Here he lets us share an open letter of sorts he wrote to to his oldest grandson, after the grandson competed in his first drama competition. in this article the message Crutchfield has for his grandson, and other young people is there is honor and achievement in having the courage to try. He also points out that seeking to be a better version of you makes you a winner no matter what the final score. Read Full Article
Combined these three articles are doing so well that Crutchfield ranks 1st out of 395 total entrants for Scriggler’s Author of the Month Award for October ! The contest is based on reader interaction. So every page view, comment or like helps decide the winner. Those wishing to help our founder win this prestigious award are asked first of all to pray for his success. Pray that not only will he win this award, but will bring him and this ministry to the attention of people that we might not otherwise come into contact with. Pray that we will inform and education these new visitors as god would seem fit. The most important practical thing anyone can do is click on the links above, read, like and comment on each article. Each view, comment and like puts Pastor Crutchfield that much closer to winning !