American Family Association Issues at Hand:
Bible Giveaway, Keys to Happiness, Beware of wolf
AFR, Truth for Youth give 63,174 Bibles
October 2016 – For 15 years, American Family Radio has partnered with Revival Fires Ministries for one week each fall to provide free New Testaments for students to give to unsaved friends at school. In August, AFR listeners broke their own record (62,800 Bibles in 2015) by providing 63,174 Truth for Youth Bibles for Christian teens to give away.
“It’s a creative and effective way to get Bibles in the hands and hearts of unsaved teens,” said AFA president Tim Wildmon.
In evangelistic services he leads throughout the year, RFM president Tim Todd raises funds to print and ship the Bibles. Learn more at revivalfires.org.
Worship positive for health and Keys to Happiness
October 2016 – Marripedia, an online social science encyclopedia of research, found that nearly 100 studies show that 81% of the time there is a “positive association between religious involvement and greater happiness, life satisfaction, morale, positive affect, or some other measure of wellbeing.” People who highly value their religious faith and frequently participate in it have reduced incidence of depression or suicide.
In addition, those who attend services at least weekly have lower mortality rates, and a reduced risk of infectious disease, diabetes, and cancer. They live an average of seven years longer than those who are not active in religion.
Regular church attendance also correlates with higher levels of happiness and sexual satisfaction in marriage. Those who attend weekly are seven times less likely to have a sexual partner outside marriage. And teens who are in church at least once per week are more likely to abstain from sex; only 51% of those 17-year-olds had had sex, compared to 70% of those who never attend.
Muslim employee infiltrates, defrauds World Vision
Beware of wolf among the sheep! Christian groups are not immune to infiltration.
October 2016 – Mohammed El Halabi, director of World Vision’s Gaza branch since 2010, confessed to siphoning off $7.2 million a year from donations given to the humanitarian aid organization, according to Israeli authorities who arrested Halabi on June 15. Prosecutors said the money was used to fund Hamas, of which Halabi is a member who was was recruited for the purpose of infiltrating World Vision. Israel estimates that in the last six years, Halabi diverted 60% of World Vision’s Gaza budget, intended for work among children in the region and agricultural projects. Germany and Australia suspended funding for World Vision in Gaza after the allegations.
“[Halabi’s crime] massively damages the trust necessary for aid work for the people in Gaza,” said German politician Volker Beck.
“Any diversion of the generous support of the Australian and international community for military or terrorist purposes by Hamas is to be deplored and can only harm the Palestinian people,” Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement.
jpost.com, 8/7/16; world.wng.org, 8/5/16
Planned Parenthood: one million deaths in 2015
October 2016 – Planned Parenthood global affiliates killed 964,325 babies in 2015, according to International Planned Parenthood Federation.
“If you were to read off the names of IPPF’s tiny victims – without sleeping, breaking, or pausing – it would take you almost two years,” LifeNews.com stated. “In fact, you would never finish. By the time you finished reading the list of all the lives lost in 2015, IPPF’s abortion facilities would have added another two million lives to be accounted for.”
IPPF plans to escalate that endeavor. In Ghana, for example, advertising campaigns led to a 25% increase in clients in the country in 2014. And IPPF takes credit for influencing more than 800 policy and legislative changes in the last decade that push “sexual and reproductive rights” around the world.