Venezuela: A Prayerful Look

Although it has only recently received extensive coverage in western media, the economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is not new. AP reports that according to the UN, there were over 3 million Venezuelan refugees around the world as of November 2018. That number is expected to reach 5.3 million by the end of 2019. Where did this crisis come from? Why has the media only recently begun to take notice? And how can we, as Christians, think and pray about it? Nicolas Maduro became president of Venezuela in 2013 when Hugo Chavez died. Maduro very narrowly won the national election by less than 2 percentage points. The economy was… Read More

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Christchurch

This morning, I wake up with the heavy knowledge that my Muslim brothers and sisters are mourning. And the urgency of knowing that their pain is likely only to increase if we, the church, do not turn our eyes and hearts towards them.   On Friday, March 15th, a young Australian man named Brenton Tarrant opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and wounding 50 more. In the larger of the two mosques, Masjid al Noor, over 40 people were shot and killed within six minutes. He then moved on to the Linwood mosque, where over 100 Muslim worshipers were gathered for Friday Jumu’ah (prayer… Read More

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Internship & Citizen Journalism Applications

Thank you so much for your interest in contributing to Compassion Radio! Are you a writer, photographer, visual storyteller? Are you passionate about amplifying the voices of those who do the hard work of building the Kingdom in their neighborhoods? Nice to meet you! At Compassion Radio, our purpose is not to make our organization big, but rather to help you make a big impact for Jesus Christ on a needy world. For 75 years, we have been dedicated to empowering those who work to reach and care for the most vulnerable and needy people in the world in the name of Jesus. We do this by bringing their inspiring… Read More

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“Refugee is Not a Four-Letter Word” or “The Law of Intended Consequences”

Yesterday was “World Refugee Day.” 1 The short introduction to the U.N. page on this event states simply “…the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees.” Put another way: “We the people stand with people, especially those in dire circumstances.” Think about that for a moment. It is a pro-life, anti-war statement of the inherent worth in every human life. And it’s a natural extension of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which, in the aftermath of the horrors of World War, is one of the crowning diplomatic and legal achievements of the 20th Century.2 Politically speaking, that we even have a “World Refugee Day”… Read More

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SALHAR and the Future of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Dateline: Beka’a Valley, Lebanon I’m traveling the breadth of Lebanon this week, following some of the most inspiring people you’ll ever meet as they do incredible work. The Gospel is going out with Power here, and redeeming people in amazing ways. In turn, our on-the-ground partners have been introducing me to the beautiful people God has placed in front of them. Make sure to spend a few minutes on the Compassion Radio Facebook page to see more pictures and videos of these wonderful folks and ad hoc reports along the way. Meet Salhar… [layerslider id=”2″] I’d like to tell you a little about a friend I made yesterday – Her… Read More

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Who Speaks for the Fallen?

“Though he is fallen asleep, God will not leave him In this forgetfulness. Awakened, he Will laugh to think what troublous dreams he had… Who, when the appointed Day shall dawn, escapes From dark imaginings that haunted him, And turns with laughter on his phantom griefs When he beholds his everlasting home.” Rumi – The Progress of Man Who speaks for the Fallen? While we were celebrating our nation’s 396th Thanksgiving, more than 300 worshippers in northern  Sinai, Egypt were gunned down while they prayed. That includes at least 27 children. In a systematic and meticulously planned attack, the congregation at Rawdah Sufi mosque in Bir al-Abed were dispatched by ISIS… Read More

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26 AGAIN?

The pain just keeps coming. And my tears just keep flowing. Sunday we were devastated by the news of 26 church members being cut down in Texas. Yesterday came another story of 26 teenagers found dead at sea in the Mediterranean – very likely headed for a camp similar to the one Bram just visited. The girls, aged 14-18, are believed to have been migrants from Niger and Nigeria who, filled with hope as well as trepidation, had embarked on the treacherous route to Europe from Libya over the weekend. Their bodies were found close to a flimsy rubber dinghy that had all but sunk when rescuers arrived. Aid workers… Read More

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Concerning the Massacre at First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, TX:

“Traveling Vengeance” by Bram Floria, President, Compassion Radio Today, I rode a highway of sorrows and flew over a sea of grief… Last night, our Church, the Fellowship at Plum Creek in Kyle, TX sat together and mourned the loss of our brothers and sisters just down the road in Sutherland Springs, TX. It was not our plan – we had gathered together for our annual Church Vision Banquet, and we all looked forward with great anticipation to the reports of how God had worked through this fast-growing Body of Believers. The excitement was palpable – we all knew the basics: – Dozens and dozens of baptisms – Overflow services… Read More

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