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Posted 4/10/17 at 6:13 PM | Mark Ellis

Broadcaster Norm Nelson of Compassion Radio passes to his reward

Norm Nelson

By Mark Ellis

Pioneering radio broadcaster Norm Nelson, whose huge heart took him to some of the most troubled places on earth, passed to his reward on the morning of April 10th, due to complications of dementia.

His beloved wife, Cher, posted the sad news on Facebook immediately after his home going: “And another warrior is welcomed home. At 9:31 PDT our Savior opened his loving arms and took The Rev. Dr. Norman Clark Nelson from his broken body and tortured mind to be forever in the presence of his Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Norm’s resonant voice, as host of Compassion Radio’s distinctive boots-on-the-ground activist ministry, was heard daily across the United States, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Their humanitarian projects have been carried out in 30 countries.

Norm followed another pioneering radio broadcaster, his father, Dr. Wilbur E. Nelson, who founded the Morning Chapel Hour in 1944, “a daily program of songs and thoughts that lift the heart.” FULL POST

Posted 4/6/17 at 1:57 PM | Mark Ellis

China: More than 330 million abortions since 1971

By Mark Ellis

Directed by Chinese authorities, doctors performed more than 330 million abortions since the government began their “family planning” policy in 1971, according to official government statistics obtained by The Financial Times.

There has been much controversy and debate since China’s one-child policy was launched, with many forced abortions and sterilizations employed in the toxic program.

Christians and other human rights campaigners have decried the policy, with many paying a heavy price including incarceration by the government.

The one-child rule, with exceptions for ethnic minorities and some rural families, was officially launched in 1979.

Since the early 70s, doctors have performed 336 million abortions and 196 million sterilizations, the data reveal. They also inserted 403 million intrauterine devices, a common birth control method in the West but one that Chinese officials often forced on women, according to The Financial Times.

The government estimated that without the one-child policy in place the population would be 30 per cent larger. FULL POST

Posted 4/5/17 at 3:44 PM | Mark Ellis

Quran stolen from NC Airport Chapel, angry note left behind

Charlotte Observer
airport chapel

By Mark Ellis

A Christian is believed to have stolen two copies of the Quran on March 28th from the interfaith chapel at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. He left behind a scathing handwritten note directed at a female chaplain who oversees the prayerful space, accusing her of being a lesbian and a heretic.

The airport chapel customarily provides a Bible, a Torah (the Jewish Bible) and the Quran on its pulpit, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Rev. Alice White, co-director of the chapel, noticed the missing Qurans during her service there on the 28th. Apparently, this wasn’t the only incident sparked by the presence of the Islamic holy book.

“Six months ago, somebody got so outraged that they put a hole in the wall, because the Quran was up on the pulpit,” she told The Observer.

Rev. White said a man in his 30s was in the chapel at around 1:30 p.m. on the day of the theft. He greeted her without referring to her as “reverend.” He noticed her nametag and said, “Hello, Alice White.” FULL POST

Posted 4/4/17 at 6:44 PM | Mark Ellis

Pakistan: Christian killed because he refused to work on Sunday

Morning Star News
Noman's mother, Khalida, with her other children

By Mark Ellis

A young Christian sanitation worker was gunned down on March 20th because he rejected a prominent Muslim’s order to clean his outhouse on Sunday, his day off, according to Morning Star News.

Noman Masih, 20, of Sheikhupura in Punjab Province, was the sole breadwinner of his family following the death of his father two years ago, his mother Khalida told Morning Star News.

Masih, who worked for the city sanitation department in place of his deceased father, had shown up for work early in the morning and then headed to a work site. “Suddenly two motorcyclists arrived there. One of them whipped out a pistol and opened fire on Noman, killing him instantly,” his mother said.

The assailants fled on their motorcycle after the attack, leaving two other men standing near Noman unharmed. FULL POST

Posted 3/31/17 at 6:15 PM | Mark Ellis

Christian journalist predicted rise of fake news 40 years ago

Malcolm Muggeridge

By Mark Ellis

As Americans ponder the implications of Russian involvement in the 2016 election – with charges of “fake news” flying about — one venerable British journalist, Malcolm Muggeridge, accurately predicted the rise of fake news 40 years ago.

Muggeridge was invited to give a series of lectures in 1976 at the behest of the Anglican cleric, John Stott, one of the most influential Evangelical leaders of his time. The talks were known as the London Lectures in Contemporary Christianity.

A journalist since 1930, Muggeridge watched the television camera usurp print journalism with growing dismay. He could see that TV’s enormous influence was “exerted irresponsibly, arbitrarily, and without reference to any moral or intellectual, still less spiritual guidelines whatsoever.”

He felt he was watching the disintegration of Western civilization, with “the media playing a major role in the process of carrying out, albeit for the most part unconsciously, a mighty brainwashing operation, whereby all traditional standards and values are being denigrated to the point of disappearing.” FULL POST

Posted 3/29/17 at 6:07 PM | Mark Ellis

Why does Israel have the highest rate of this lymphoma?

Dr. Ora Paltiel (right) with Palestinian researchers

By Mark Ellis

For the life of a creature is in the blood…” Leviticus 17:11

Many were startled in 2012, when it became evident that Israel ranked first in the world in the rate of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). This cancer of the blood is the fifth most common malignancy in Israel and the eighth most common malignancy among West Bank Palestinians, according to Israel 21C.

A new study has shed light on the risk factors for the disease among Jewish and Arab groups.

Israeli and Palestinian researchers, led by Dr. Ora Paltiel, director of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health, conducted a study among 823 Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs with B-cell NHL and 808 healthy people as a control group.

The study revealed that in the Jewish and Palestinian populations, overall B-NHL was associated with recreational sun exposure, black hair-dye use, a history of hospitalization for infection, and having a first-degree relative with a blood cancer, according to Israel 21C. FULL POST

Posted 3/28/17 at 6:28 PM | Mark Ellis

New York Times publishes Christian testimony about former jihadist – with qualifiers

Patrick Kingsley, NYT
Bashir Mohammad

By Mark Ellis

In the New York Times Saturday Profile on March 24th, journalist Patrick Kingsley introduced a subject that rarely appears in the gray pages of the liberal eminence – a profile of a jihadist who had his life transformed by Jesus Christ.

Even as the Times broke ground with such a daring subject, Kingsley could not help but qualify the remarkable conversion with this:

“But these are subjective claims, and many would reject the characterization of Islam as a less benign religion (than Christianity), much as they would reject Nusra’s extremist interpretation of it (Islam).”

It seems Kingsley was shocked when he stumbled upon an Istanbul basement filled with 22 Christian refugees – many of whom were former Muslims.

“It was quickly clear that this was no ordinary prayer meeting. Several of them had Islamic names. There was an Abdelrahman and even a couple of Mohammads. Strangest of all, they jokingly referred to their host — one of the two Mohammads — as an irhabi. A terrorist,” he observed. FULL POST

Posted 3/28/17 at 2:44 PM | Mark Ellis

Raiders QB Derek Carr grew up in church, but rebelled until God’s love drew him back

Derek Carr

By Mark Ellis

At only 11-years-old he was throwing 50-yard passes with his older brother, David Carr, then a rookie NFL quarterback. Raised in a godly Christian home, younger brother Derek sowed his share of wild oats until the love of Jesus expressed through a woman drew his heart back to God.

“I grew up in this church and I knew who Christ was and I knew who God was and I loved him,” Derek shared in his home church in Fresno, California in 2015.

But even though Derek prayed to God and knew who He was, he didn’t fully give his life to Christ and follow Him until later.

“I grew up loving football, basketball, and baseball,” he recounted. “My dad went to all my games and if he couldn’t be at a game, he would call me on the phone and pray for me. He was always there for me. My mom was always there to pray for me and talk to me. My family life was awesome. I had parents who loved me.” FULL POST

Posted 3/21/17 at 8:48 PM | Mark Ellis

Christian pastor found $60 million diamond, gave it away

Minister of Mines Ahaji Mansaray holds diamond found by pastor

By Mark Ellis

A Sierra Leone pastor who supplements his income by working in the mines found one of the largest diamonds ever pulled from the earth, then gave it away.

Pastor Emmanuel Momoh found the gargantuan 706-carat stone in the Kono region. Experts said the stone could be worth as much as $62 million, depending on the quality. It was the largest diamond discovery since 1972, according to Africa Today.

Industry analysts said it is the 13th largest uncut diamond ever extracted.

Pastor Momoh presented the diamond to the president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, with instructions that the gem be used for the betterment of the poor in Sierra Leone.

“I believe the government can do more,” Momoh told Africa Today, “especially at a time when the country is undergoing some economic challenges.” The pastor said he would like to see improved access to electricity and transportation for the poor. FULL POST

Posted 3/17/17 at 8:24 PM | Mark Ellis

Child receives shoebox gift, mom finds ‘a kind of love that doesn’t exist in Islam’

Samaritan's Purse
Clinton and his mother, Mary, in front of church

By Mark Ellis

God began to draw the child’s heart away from Islam even before he received his shoebox gift. As he learned that Jesus was more than a prophet, his mother became intrigued by what he shared, and a powerful love she had never known.

“We moved from my hometown to Meru and all the people in our neighborhood were Muslim, so we became Muslim,” Mary told Samaritan’s Purse. As a single mom, she moved there seeking a community that would help her and her son Clinton. After the move, a surprising series of events began to unfold.

In Kenya, Islam has been making gains along the coast and the northern border with Somalia, a Muslim stronghold. Meru, five hours north of Nairobi, is a major hub and common destination for transplanted Somalis.

At the nearby mosque Clinton attended with his mother, the instructors caned his legs when he mispronounced the Koran’s Arabic verses. FULL POST

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