PODCAST: Canadian Missionaries Killed in Crash in South Africa (UCNN 11.10.19)

According to Christian Post, A Canadian couple serving as missionaries were killed alongside their two children when their vehicle was hit in a head-on collision in South Africa on Sunday. Missionaries Brendan Perrott, 33, his wife, Melissa, 32, their children Evelyn, 5, and Colton, 3, along with an orphan they were mentoring named Sabelo Sibeko were all killed along with four other victims when the vehicles exploded in the crash. The Perrotts were high school sweethearts who began doing missionary work with Bulembu Ministries full time in 2016, the CBC reports. The Christian nonprofit operates a community church, a Christian academy, a health clinic, and care for about 350 orphans and vulnerable children in Bulembu. At the time of their deaths the family lived in Bulembu, a small town in the mountainous Highveld region of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland. “They were all burnt beyond recognition. Preliminary investigations reveal that one vehicle attempted to overtake. It then collided with another on-coming vehicle,” an SABC report said.

According to Religion News Service, John Crist’s upcoming Netflix holiday special and new book are on hold after allegations the popular comedian has used his celebrity status and Christian reputation to sexually harass women. A Netflix spokesperson confirmed to Religion News Service on Thursday that the status of Crist’s special, entitled “I Ain’t Prayin’ for That,” is now up in the air. It was set to appear on the video streaming platform on Thanksgiving. In addition to the special, Crist was scheduled to release a book in March titled “Untag Me: The Subtle Art of Appearing Better Than You Really Are.” Its publisher — WaterBrook, a Christian imprint of Penguin Random House — sent a statement to RNS saying it was postponing publication of the book. In a statement provided to Charisma magazine, Crist apologized for what he called “destructive and sinful” behavior.

According to Good Morning America, Police are asking for help locating an Atlanta college student who vanished last week. Alexis Crawford, a 21-year-old senior at Clark Atlanta University, was last seen at her off-campus apartment Oct. 30, according to her roommate, and her family reported her missing two days later when she failed to show up for class or work, police said. Investigators released images on Tuesday captured by surveillance cameras at a southwest Atlanta business before she disappeared, hoping to grab the attention of residents who may recognize her. She was wearing dark-colored jeans and a pink hoodie with white lettering on the front — the clothing she was last known to be wearing. Crawford is described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall and about 150 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt or hoodie and a cheetah print head scarf. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Atlanta Police Department.

According to Christian Headlines, In another sign that Islamist elements hostile to Christianity in Sudan could be reined in, the minister of religious affairs has reiterated that Christian properties confiscated under the previous regime would be returned. Acknowledging that Christians were persecuted and endured “very bad practices” under the regime of former President Omar al-Bashir, Minister of Religious Affairs Nasr al-Din Mufreh on Sunday (Nov. 3) was quoted in International Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat as saying property stolen from Sudanese Christians would be returned through court proceedings. Mufreh also had told media in September that confiscated church properties should be returned. In Sunday’s article in which he invited expelled Jews to return to Sudan – as he had in September, drawing criticism from Muslim hardliners – Mufreh said that Christians and people of other beliefs are free to practice their faith in Sudan. “They [Christians] are Sudanese, and their religion is heavenly with its values and beliefs,” Mufreh told Asharq Al-Awsat, saying that Christians have such a presence in Sudan that they should not be described as a minority.

According to Religion News Service, A rare medieval Pentateuch manuscript that had been in private collections for years will go on display Friday (Nov. 8) at the Museum of the Bible. The volume, which dates to around the year 1000, was acquired two years ago by the Green Collection, headed by billionaire Steve Green of the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain. The Pentateuch, consisting of the five biblical books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, forms the first part of the 24-volume Hebrew Bible. It was written by scholars of the Masoretic tradition who codified the Hebrew Bible and added diacritical marks above and below the Hebrew letters to enable correct pronunciation. There are several other extant volumes of the Pentateuch from the 11th century or earlier in Russia and Israel, said Herschel A. Hepler, associate curator at the museum. The Museum of the Bible named this one the Washington Pentateuch.

According to Christian Post, Actress Letitia Wright, who’s best known by many for her leading role in the Marvel comics film “Black Panther,” is cheerfully calling out secular media outlets that are refusing to report her remarks giving God glory for her accomplishments. In a post on Twitter last week, Wright said it was “super cute when journalists/interviewers for magazines leave out the massive part where I give God the glory for the success/ achievements in my life.” “I still love you and God will still be praised,” she added in the Oct. 28 tweet. Several Twitter users cheered her on in reply tweets. Wright, who played the character “Shuri” in “Black Panther,” said she’s also a fan of Kanye West’s new album, Jesus is King.

According to NBC Sports, Kalin Bennett, a freshman big man at Kent State, became the first scholarship Division I men’s basketball player this season. On Wednesday night, in the opening game of the season for the Golden Flashes, Bennett scored a bucket with less than three minutes remaining. He is not the first Division I player diagnosed with autism to score in a game. Former Michigan State center Anthony Ianni scored five points in 27 career games between 2010 and 2012. He was a walk-on that was made a scholarship player as a senior.

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In closing, remember, 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 on the cross, 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.”

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