Looking for financial security

The world tells us security can come in many forms such as a big bank account, a great job or a large retirement fund. We use many of these things as “security blankets” instead of seeking the only true secure foundation available. The security blanket has played a big role in our family life.... -Read More

Praying for our newly-elected president

Since our recent presidential election, I’ve often thought of my deceased grandfather and an important lesson he modeled.  My maternal grandfather, Sidney Plott, taught me to pray for our president. In all of my years of memory, from President Dwight Eisenhower to the end of George H.W. Bush’s term, he always prayed for the... -Read More

An urgency for Brazil’s poor

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil– Missionary Eric Reese taps on the interior ceiling light, illuminating the cab of his Chevy pickup. Reese doesn’t need to see inside his vehicle. But after six years of working with the urban poor in the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he knows those outside the cab need... -Read More

Teen requests $1 donations for clean water in Sudan

Joshua Guthrie has a message for teenagers: They can do something to make the world a better place. Guthrie, 16, is leading by example. The Christian teen – a high school sophomore who’s also dually enrolled at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. – has launched an initiative to raise money for a freshwater well... -Read More

Local Life receives $4.8 million government grant to combat AIDS

Cross International, a South Florida-based humanitarian agency, has been awarded a $4.8 million grant from the U.S. government for a new program to prevent the spread of AIDS in Haiti and provide care to orphans and vulnerable children affected by the disease. The grant, announced on World AIDS Day, is the largest Cross has... -Read More

Churches rally to change the face of foster care

Churches celebrate Christian Foster Care Month by encouraging parishioners to take in “modern-day orphans” When Lisa Tchividjian was looking for something to challenge her family’s spiritual life, her husband mentioned the idea of providing foster care to a needy child. “At first, I was against the whole idea,” Tchividjian says. “I thought I’d raised... -Read More

Running on faith and generosity

South Floridians have many options to get in shape as they share their faith at walk-a-thons, races and relays in 2009 Instead of cringing at the thought of joining a gym this January, why not just take a few steps for your faith instead? Upcoming walk-a-thon, race and relay fundraisers are a great opportunity... -Read More