Not about the ICOC movement specifically, but a phenomenon for the society as a whole.
This website is dedicated to the topic of how to do ministry for men and bring men to Christ.
If you are thinking about taking the One Year Challenge, consider not just the years experience, but the generational impact the seeds you plant could have. Reaching out to young men that become Godly men and faithful husbands/fathers.
Would you go bald for bucks? How about support those doing so?
Below you can see a zoom call between 8 brothers who offered their hair for the cause.
Over the last month, as a part of a campaign which is part of the Loaves and Fishes COVID19 relief by HOPE worldwide, 27 people shaved their heads right down to the skin to help generate awareness and fundraise for relief efforts against COVID-19. One of the latest to do so was Nadine Templer, the International Volunteer Programs Officer for Hope even participated at the $20,000 mark!
Admittedly, this is another kind of “Zoom”-in. Join the NYAC Hope Worldwide crew as they conclude and celebrate the efforts of a great fundraising campaign called “Bald for Bucks”. The campaign raised over $50,000 all going towards support communities in need during this COVID-19 period.
“You are invited to the Bald for Bucks Bash!God has done amazing things throughout the course of this fundraiser, and we want to celebrate! We are hosting a virtual event SATURDAY, June 6th at 12pm EST to conclude Bald for Bucks. There will be times of sharing and reflection, including from disciples that have received the B4B funds. All Monks, donors, and friends are invited. This is not a Zoom meeting that you want to miss, and we hope to see you there!” Zoom- ID: 493 086 6661
The results: We have fed over 500 disciples throughout Central America, Mexico and are now adding Venezuela with a total of nine churches where members are being supported. How: Disciples sponsor families of disciples and have the ability to communicate and build relationships with the family or individual they sponsor. Who: We prioritize by widows, elderly, disabled, sick, single moms, and other disciples in extreme poverty or temporary crisis. Those physically able to work are encouraged to learn English, computer skills, pursue higher education , sewing or other programs that become available as way of increasing their income and break break the cycle of poverty. Vision: Our vision is that every church starts an I was Hungry ministry and sponsors a third world church so that someday there will not be a hungry disciple in the entire kingdom.
There is so much going in the world today and many ways to give. Check out how Hope is doing to provide for the needs of those in Central America.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
HOPE worldwide Papua New Guinea runs two large health clinics in partnership with the government. When the government announced a countrywide lockdown on March 24, the excellent reputation of the clinic staff and volunteers inspired officials in the nation’s capital of Port Moresby to partner with our clinics on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. Working with government leaders, HOPE worldwide is training hundreds of nurses who will test our regular patients, as well as vulnerable and materially poor citizens in the city, for the virus. Even though we are in lockdown, essential clinical services like tuberculosis and HIV treatments continue to ensure that vulnerable clients still receive life-saving medicines. As far as our team members are concerned, personal protective equipment (PPE) is still in short supply; some of our nurses are equipped, but we are still waiting for the government to supply our entire clinical staff. In the meantime, we are mixing bleach and water to make disinfectants for cleaning and use as sanitizers, and we are hopeful that our partnership will improve people’s health and save lives.
Believers found new and creative ways to worship and celebrate the resurrection this year. Encouraging to see people creating space for God and spiritual things when they have every excuse to stay at home!
The world is forever changed by the impact of COVID-19. Everyone is treading in uncharted waters and adapting and learning every day. We are all being asked to love our neighbors in need and to answer the call — what can I do to help?
A powerful message concerning the need for world missions. Each person has the responsibility to carry the gospel on. Thousands die everyday who have never heard the gospel before. Mati Simm shares at an LA house church service as they meet under “social-distancing conditions”. He breaks a message of prayer for the nations.
Listen from 39:00 – 1:09:00 for the introduction to the Baltic churches and Mati’s sermon message.
In his sermon, Mati references a conversation he had with a brother who went to Estonia on the One Year Challenge.
He asked the brother, “Why do you want to stay here?”
The brothers response?
“It’s really hard to convert atheists… and I love it!”
Taken from “The Plagues That Might Have Brought Down the Roman Empire”, and article written Caroline Wazer of the Atlantic. Reference is made to a historian (Michael McCormick) who shares the Christian role in this piece of history. Inspiring for a generation facing an outbreak and fear regarding the Corona Virus.
For Bishop Cyprian, the plague that came to bear his name was hard proof of the superiority of Christianity over traditional Roman religion. Seeing the pestilence as an opportunity to put their most deeply-held beliefs into action, early Christians beatifically set about caring for the sick and giving proper burials to the dead.
On the other side of the religious divide, the pagan establishment was overwhelmed with fear. Traditionally, Roman priests interpreted epidemics as a sign of displeasure from the gods. Evidence in the form of new iconography on coins and references to extraordinary state-organized sacrifices suggests that the Plague of Cyprian was no different. As Harper notes, sources agree that, “the epidemic undermined the social fabric of pagan society” while “the orderly response of the Christian community, especially in the burial of the dead, presented a stark contrast.”