Trail Life USA & American Heritage Girls Align as Christian Alternative to Scouting

Trail Life USA (TLUSA) and American Heritage Girls (AHG), the Christian based alternatives to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, entered into an historic agreement with a Memorandum of Ministry Alliance on June 25th. Under the terms of the alliance, which has been approved by both board of directors, each organization has agreed to support the other in their shared missions for spiritual and character development of youth through Christ-centered programming. The alliance will further contribute to the phenomenal growth of both organizations by allowing Troops to operate side by side with a shared Charter Organization, typically a church. The groups […]

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Save The Children Expelled From Pakistan

(WNS)–The Pakistani government has closed the offices of international charity Save the Children in its capital, Islamabad, locking the building’s gate and telling all foreign nationals to leave the country within 15 days. Officials with the charity say they have no idea why the government has taken action against them. “Save the Children was not served any notice to this effect. We strongly object to this action and are raising our serious concerns at the highest levels,” the organization said. “All our work is designed and delivered in close collaboration with the government ministries across the country, and aims to […]

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Marriage See, Marriage Do

Research shows parents may have more to do with marriages than first thought. Two ways parents influence marriages Presently: How they behave as in-laws (or outlaws). Growing Up: What they taught us about marriage by either active teaching or modeling (the more powerful contributor). “Kids learn more from example than from anything you say; I’m convinced they learn very early not to hear anything you say, but to watch what you do,” said Jane Pauley Whether marriage is a struggle or deeply fulfilling often traces back to the habits and behaviors of our family of origin. “Oh No! I’ve become […]

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Constitutional Ideas Require Religious Beliefs

As the United States celebrates Independence Day, I think it is worth a second look at the declaration which marked the beginning of this nation nearly 240 years ago. I find it fascinating how many people want to argue, one way or the other about who the founding fathers were and whether to cast them as heroes: champions of secular freedom, defenders of Christian faith, revolutionaries for the people, or as villains: greedy landowners, tax evaders, slave holders, misogynists. I am less interested in the people who founded this nation than the theory of government they describe in the Declaration […]

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Graham Unveils 20-week Abortion Ban in Senate

(WNS)–Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has a message for his U.S. Senate colleagues: Get ready for a debate on late-term abortions. Graham, on June 11, unveiled a Senate bill mirroring the 20-week abortion ban the House passed last month. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has 45 Republican co-sponsors, and Graham guaranteed it will receive a full debate in the Senate by 2016. Numerous national polls found the majority of Americans support the 20-week abortion ban, across demographic lines. Democratic voters are split in half on the issue, but last month only four House Democrats joined 238 Republicans voting in favor […]

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Chris Lloyd Joins HOPE South Florida as CEO

HOPE South Florida Founder and Board Chair Fred Scarbrough announced that Chris Lloyd started as its new CEO on June 15, joining Robin Martin and Steve Werthman to round out an already strong leadership team. Chris was the Executive Administrator at First Fort Lauderdale (formerly First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale) and brings extensive experience in finance in the health care field. “HOPE South Florida has grown significantly over the past several years and with the addition of Chris we are positioned to realize growth towards our mission of providing hope for the homeless and hurting through services and partnerships […]

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Food for the Poor Donor Gifts Eye Surgery to Girl in Haiti

A 12-year-old girl will undergo cataract surgery at Bernard Mevs Hospital in Haiti, thanks in part to a local Food For The Poor (FFTP) donor, who has made students’ eye health a priority. The eye examinations are led by ophthalmologist Brother James Kim from the Catholic order of Kkottongnae, Haiti. “[The 12-year-old girl] received trauma on her right eye by a thorn three years ago and needs a cataract operation on her eye,” wrote Brother James. “Her left eye is normal, but her right can just sense light. This surgery is more difficult than usual, because trauma caused this, and […]

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Girl Scouts Help Local Food Drive

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida recently donated 1,018 pounds of food to Food For The Poor to benefit destitute families in Haiti. The food was collected by 127 Girl Scouts from 16 participating troops through the annual Feeding Florida Together Food Drive. Donated food items include canned milk, vegetables, fruit, beans, meats and fish. Girl Scouts received a patch for their involvement in the April food drive. Food For The Poor thanked the Girl Scout troops for their help in gathering food for Haiti. “By asking your friends and neighbors to support your troop’s food drive, you showed courage; and […]

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Youth Sunday Kicks Off Summer Youth Programs

The congregation at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale was treated to a full day of worship and fellowship led entirely by the youth of the church when they hosted Youth Sunday on May 31. The event kicked off a summer filled with youth-centered activities at First Presbyterian. “Youth Sunday is a special program because it allows the students to grow in their faith by challenging them to lead all aspects of worship from prayers to music and the sermon,” said Nic Merchant, Director of Youth and College Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale. “They also gain experience […]

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Palm Beach Features Allstate Foundation and Points of Light Campaign

Local Allstate agents and United Way of Palm Beach County community volunteers educated hundreds of citizens and helped them build free disaster preparedness kits at the Mall at Wellington Green in June. The free kits included a hand-crank flashlight, first aid kit, whistles and other items proven to keep people safe and prepared. According to Adelphi University, nearly half of Americans lack emergency supplies for use in the event of a disaster. This same study indicated more than half of parents do not have a designated meeting place in case of a disaster. Many families aren’t even aware of what […]

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