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North Korean Defector Recounts 10 Years of Abuse, Starvation, and Enslavement She Endured as an Orphan

Park Ji-Hye speaks during a North Korea Freedom Week event held at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2019. | The Christian Post
A North Korean defector recounted Thursday the “hell” she experienced during a decade full of abuse, starvation and enslavement as an orphan in the rogue nation, a fate that too many kids are still experiencing today under the Kim regime.
As part of a week-long advocacy effort in support of human rights reform in North Korea, Park Ji-Hye told attendees of an event held at the Family Research Council headquarters that she spent time in two different orphanages after her father died of starvation during the famine in the 1990s.
With her mom having been trafficked to China, Park said she knows too well the desperate situation ...

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Happy Women’s History Month!: Celebrate These 8 Notable Women Who Left Their Mark in Christian History

March is Women’s History Month in the United States, a time in which Americans focus on the many contributions women have made in the past.
The observance has its federal roots in a February 1980 proclamation by President Jimmy Carter meant to celebrate “National Women’s History Week” during the week of March 8, which is International Women’s Day. It became an official annual month celebration by an act of Congress in 1987.
Through the centuries, women have made substantial and various contributions to church history, from evangelism to leadership. Indeed, there are too many to list in a single piece.
With that noted, here are eight notable women from Christian history...

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Jerry Newcombe: ‘We the Born’ Sacrifice Future Generations for Our Own Well-being

The settlers and the founders of this country spoke a lot about their posterity — the generations that would follow them. For example, the Constitution begins, “We the People of the United States, in Order to…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution” (emphasis added).
Long before the Constitution was written, Rev. John Winthrop, the founder of Boston and leader of the first major migration of the Puritans from England, told his followers in the famous “City on a Hill” speech (actually called, “A Model of Christian Charity”): “Now the only way to avoid …shipwreck and to provide for our posterity, is to follow the counsel of Micah, to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God.” That was in 1630...

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Case Against Southern Baptist Army Chaplain Who Refused to Marriage Retreat With Lesbian Couple Attending Called ‘Anti-Religious’

Chaplain Jerry Scott SquiresBP file photo.
A U.S. Army investigator ignored key evidence in saying a Southern Baptist chaplain was derelict in his duties for rescheduling a marriage retreat to accommodate a lesbian couple, the chaplain’s attorney said.
Army Chaplain Jerry Scott Squires refused to conduct a Strong Bonds marriage retreat because a lesbian officer planned to attend, the investigating officer identified as Major Ford said at the close of an extended investigation.
Squires is endorsed by the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board (NAMB), which does not affirm same-sex marriage. Following Army protocol that requires him to adhere to the tenets of his endorsing agency, Squires rescheduled the retreat to allow a non-Southern Baptist chaplain to facilitate the event.
The les...

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Christians Urged to Vote in Midterm Elections With Knowledge and Godly Wisdom

Christians are being urged to consider the impact they could have in the midterm elections by simply doing their homework and showing up at the polls.

The non-partisan organization My Faith Votes was formed to inspire and motivate followers of Christ to vote. CEO Jason Yates says the movement was born out of the knowledge that 25 million Christians who were registered to vote in 2012 did not show up at the polls. Four years later, Christians made a huge difference at the ballot box, according to Christian pollster George Barna.
Yates explains that Christians have another opportunity in the midterms to shape both houses of Congress. “But beyond that it’s governors, it’s mayors, it’s school boards, it’s judges – 10,000 elections,” he emphasizes...

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Trump Declares North Korea is Still an ‘Extraordinary Threat’ Despite His Claim After Historic Summit

President Trump cited an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to U.S. national security as he acted Friday to maintain long-standing economic restrictions on North Korea, including the freezing of any assets in the United States.
The official declaration, contained in a notice to Congress, came despite Trump’s assertion this month that his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended the North’s nuclear weapons threat.
“Sleep well tonight!” Trump tweeted June 13, the day after he and Kim met in Singapore.
Harsh economic restrictions will continue for one year under the order Trump signed Friday. The paperwork keeps in place restrictions first imposed a decade ago by President George W. Bush. The ban on the transfer of any U.S...

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Supreme Court Set to Rule on Religious Liberty vs. Homosexual Agenda

The Supreme Court is heading into the final month of its term, facing decisions on gerrymandering, unions, gay rights, abortion and President Trump’s travel ban.

This term’s best-known case is a culture wars clash that pits equal rights for gay customers against a claim of religious liberty from a Christian store owner. It is one of three major cases that feature a “compelled speech” claim from conservatives who object to liberal state laws. The others involve union fees and California’s required disclosures for crisis pregnancy centers.
The justices are expected to announce decisions on the first day of every work week between now and the end of June, and then adjourn for the summer.
Major pending cases
Partisan gerrymandering: The court will decide a political line-drawing dispute that c...

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U.S. Federal Agencies Have Lost Track of Nearly 1,500 Migrant Children Placed With Sponsors, Raising Fears of Human Trafficking

Central American children at an immigrant respite center in McAllen, Tex., after their families were released by United States immigration officials in February.John Moore/Getty Images
A top official with the Department of Health and Human Services told members of Congress on Thursday that the agency had lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children it placed with sponsors in the United States, raising concerns they could end up in the hands of human traffickers or be used as laborers by people posing as relatives.

The official, Steven Wagner, the acting assistant secretary of the agency’s Administration for Children and Families, disclosed during testimony before a Senate homeland security subcommittee that the agency had learned of the missing children after placing calls to the people who...

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