LISTEN: Lawmakers Ask Government to Find Missing DC Children (Urban Christian News Network 3/26/17)

1. Black Voices – Black legislators are urging the Department of Justice to help police find the children who have gone missing in Washington, D.C. Of this year’s 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Hispanic girls, 22 cases were unsolved as of Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. On Tuesday, Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia sent a letter, obtained by the AP, calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.” In the letter, Richmond also criticized the lack of attention the cases received. “Ten children of color went missing in our nation’s capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. That’s deeply disturbing,” he said.

2. Richmond Free Press – Corey D.B. Walker, a scholar, author and college dean, will return to Virginia Union University to lead the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, where he once studied for the ministry. VUU officials announced Monday that the Board of Trustees chose Dr. Walker to succeed Dr. John W. Kinney as senior vice president and dean of the graduate seminary, effective July 1. Dr. Kinney, 69, who has held the post for 27 years, announced recently that he would step down as dean June 30, although he plans to continue to teach at the school. VUU officials noted that Dr. Walker, who earned his master’s of divinity from VUU, would bring a wealth of academic experience to the post.

3. CP – NFL star Benjamin Watson said at the Billy Graham Library on Saturday that the solution for racial reconciliation can be found in one book: the Bible. The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, opened its doors to Watson for an autograph book signing for Under Our Skin. Before sitting down to sign autographs, the 36 year old took a moment to address those in attendance. Watson said: “As we look at the topic of race in our country we sometimes do not know how to go about it. For some of us we can’t talk about it because it’s so painful and we have so much emotion that we do not know what’s going to come out of our mouths.” He added that, as Christians, everyone must approach race through the scope of what Scripture says. During a time when some would rather pit people against each other and promoting “hate” and “separatism,” Watson hopes those who follow Jesus would look to the Word of God and not the patterns of society.

4. AP – Indonesian police fired tear gas on Friday to disperse hard-line Muslims protesting against the construction of a Catholic church in a satellite city of the capital, Jakarta. Several hundred protesters from a group called Forum for Bekasi Muslim Friendship staged a rowdy demonstration in front of the Santa Clara church in Kaliabang, a neighborhood of Bekasi city, after Friday prayers. Witnesses said police fired tear gas as the protesters tried to force their way into the church, which has been under construction since November. Some also threw rocks and bottles into the site. Raymundus Sianipar, a Catholic priest, said police asked him to leave the area for safety reasons.

5. AP – President Donald Trump is attacking conservative lawmakers after the failure of the Republican bill to replace Obamacare. On Twitter Sunday, Trump says: “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!” The Freedom Caucus is a hard-right group of House members who were largely responsible for blocking the bill to undo President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The bill was pulled from the House floor Friday in a humiliating political defeat for the president.

6. AP – Police in South Carolina say a 19-year-old black man spray-painted racist, misogynistic and anti-gay graffiti on three buildings, including a library named for one of the black victims of the Charleston church shootings. A police report says the graffiti left at the Cynthia Hurd Library on March 13 targeted black women, the police and white people. Hurd was one of nine black parishioners fatally shot by a white supremacist at the Emanuel AME Church in 2015. A police report says graffiti on the other three buildings included racial slurs against blacks and Hispanics. Jail records show Cainin Milton was arrested Thursday and charged with four counts of malicious injury to real property. The records didn’t show an attorney for Milton, and no police report was available to explain a possible motive.

7. Black Voices – The former top official at the Obama Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is taking over the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 67-year-old organization sometimes described as the lobbying arm of the civil rights movement. Vanita Gupta, who ran the Civil Rights Division for the last two-plus years of the Obama administration, was named the next president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Thursday. Later this year, she will succeed Wade Henderson, who has served as president and CEO since 1996 and helped grow the organization into a coalition of more than 200 civil and human rights groups.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”

God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!