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Bike tour for poorIt’s been a busy time in the news the last week or so. Yes, I know, I know, the news never sleeps. It just seems to be more ornery than usual sometimes. This has been one of those weeks.

Let’s start off with some good news…

Cyclists Riding Across North America Raise $1.8 Million to Fight Global Poverty

More than 120 cyclists who have raised $1.8 million so far to fight global poverty by riding their bicycles across the U.S and Canada are scheduled to go through New York this week, ending their tour on Saturday in Staten Island.

The Sea to Sea 2013 Bike Tour is a nine-week, 3,900-mile cycling trek across North America designed to raise awareness and funds in support of those living in poverty around the world. The tour is sponsored by the Reformed Church in America, Partners Worldwide, and World Renew – the disaster relief arm of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

The money raised benefits local, national and international agencies fighting poverty.

“We have been able to make a difference in fighting poverty, locally and abroad, before. But there is so much more to do. The needs today are greater,” said Claire Elgersma, chair of the tour’s steering committee… FULL STORY

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Now for the big stuff…

Attacks On Christians in Egypt Nothing Less Than Satanic Says Leader Inside ‘Furnace of Fire’

The recent barrage of attacks on Christians in Egypt, including on members and churches of the nation’s Coptic denomination, are of a scale unseen in modern times and being described as satanic, according to sources living in the country. The persecution watchdog group, Open Doors USA, says Egypt is engulfed in a furnace of fire and Christians are taking on the brunt force of the attacks.

“The attack against the Christians of Egypt is nothing less than a furious satanic attack that aims at terrorizing Christians, imprisoning them at their homes helplessly with no guarantee of protection so their love, peace, hope and testimony may be neutralized,” stated an anonymous Christian leader, whose name is being withheld for security reasons, in a commentary obtained by The Christian Post.

“We, Christians of Egypt, are facing a severe time of persecution and suffering that we may have not witnessed since the Roman times!” the source explained… FULL STORY

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Florida Church Sends Congregants Home Barefoot, Collects Shoes for Homeless

Some members of a Florida church left Sunday’s services shoeless after placing their footwear on the altar to help an area homeless shelter.

First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale, which is attended by about 2,000 people each Sunday, collected an estimated 700 pairs of shoes for the homeless during Sunday’s “Soles for Souls” event, according to Mike Jeffries, associate to the senior pastor.

Senior Pastor Larry Thompson told The Christian Post some people went home barefoot or wearing just their socks, while others brought an extra pair of shoes to wear home… FULL STORY

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