Christian Airline Planned for North Texas
The Federal Aviation Authority recently granted permission for a North Texas nonprofit to launch a new airline whose focus would be transporting Christian missionaries to remote places across the globe. The airline, dubbed Judah 1, is touted as the world’s first Christian airline, according to the Sherman (Texas) Herald Democrat.
“This is not just a typical airline,” Everett Aaron, founder of Judah 1, told the Herald Democrat in a recent interview.
The airline, based out of North Texas Regional Airport (NTRA) in Grayson County, plans to sell its flights to individuals and groups who are traveling to fulfill their God-given call.
“All of this is about missionaries and giving back and helping the world become a better place,” Aaron said. “That’s what we are about.” Read the full article HERE.
Passion Raises $450K for Deaf Bible Translations
An estimated 160,000 people will be able to experience New Testament stories in their own sign languages for the first time thanks to this week’s Passion Conference, which raised nearly a half-million dollars for Bible translations for the deaf.
Donations from the 40,000 students at Passion 2019 will go toward translating Gospel stories for the deaf in 16 countries: Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Moldova, Egypt, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, and Russia.
The event, held in Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington, DC, featured from the main stage a 21-year-old who leads Bible studies for the deaf in her community in the Philippines. She prayed in sign language and appeared with an interpreter.
“I’m partially deaf and wear a hearing aid in my left ear. So to hear that the #Passion2019 mission this year is to help reach deaf community, I cried,” tweeted one attendee. Read the full article in Christianity Today HERE.
Humanitarian Leader Appointed as CEO for Mercy Ships Canada
The Board of Directors for Mercy Ships Canada is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Jamie McIntosh as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mercy Ships Canada. This appointment is effective December 19, 2018 and follows a comprehensive national search.
Donovan Palmer, CEO of Mercy Ships stated, “Mercy Ships is in a season of expansion and we are grateful to work with Mercy Ships Canada as we seek to follow the 2,000 year old model of Jesus. With the addition of the new CEO, Jamie McIntosh, it will be exciting to see their growth.”
Jamie will take over the reins at Mercy Ships Canada from Darryl Anderson Interim National Director. He will build upon the work of former National Director Tim Maloney’s ten years of faithful service developing an influential and respected organization. Read the full press release HERE.
World Vision Forced Out of Pakistan After 13 Years
Pakistan has told 18 international organizations, including the Christian charity World Vision, to pack up and leave. Their departure will affect millions in poor communities across the country, the sixth most populous in the world.
Church leaders—who represent a small Christian minority in the Islamic Republic (1.5% of 210 million people)—support regulations for non-governmental organizations but want groups backed by national churches to be allowed to continue operating legally.
World Vision served more than a decade in Pakistan before the country formally joined its Asian neighbors like India, Russia, and China in restricting international involvement, claiming security concerns. Read the full article HERE.
Focus on the Family Launches Youth Suicide Prevention Program
COLORADO SPRINGS – It’s something Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman calls a public health crisis: suicide.
The attorney general’s office recently released a study to address youth suicide trends across Colorado and Focus on the Family has also launched a new program to end this epidemic.
The new program/website is called Alive To Thrive and it’s aimed to help any adult be better equipped to prevent youth suicides.
Danny Huerta said, “It tears me up inside to know that somebody thought that was the answer to the issues in their life.”
The goal of Alive To Thrive is to create those stop signs in the form of parents, teachers, anyone who has an influence in the lives of youth. Read the full article HERE.