Dan Wooding introduces the ASSIST News Service:
Mama Maggie Helps ‘Garbage Kids’ Dream Big
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST Ministries and the ASSIST News Service CAIRO, EGYPT (ANS – May 22, 2015) -- In recent years, Egyptian Christians and Muslims alike have suffered at the hands of Islamic extremists. But, according to Gary Lane, Senior International Reporter for CBN News (http://www.cbn.com), the light of Christ shines in the lowliest of places. One Egyptian woman picked up her cross and left an affluent life to bring hope to impoverished children surrounded by garbage. “For the many Christians living in Cairo's garbage slums, the only life they know is garbage picking, sorting through tons of trash each day for recyclables,” said Lane in a report for CBN. “Many of them had a lot of discrimination and persecution in the rural…
Jesus Loves People
By Brian Nixon, Special to ASSIST News Service ALBUQUERUQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS – May 22, 2015) -- Look around you: people are everywhere. From the coldest climates to the hottest deserts, over seven billion of us share this planet—people are of different nationalities, colors, creeds, and social dispositions, from the poorest of poor to the very wealthy. More specifically, people have fascinating features as well. Here are just a few: * The average person produces enough saliva in their lifetime to fill two swimming pools. * Every minute, your red blood cells do a complete circuit of your body. * Most Westerners consume fifty tons of food and 50,000 liters of liquid in their lifetime. * It can take your fingernails and toenails half a…
Atheist saw demons for two days in hellish vision, then Jesus brought rescue
By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS -- May 22, 2015) -- He grew up in a small town in the Midwest, a bright student who got straight A’s. But in high school he sowed wild oats, which led to ongoing drug problems until he had an extraordinary 48-hour vision of hell and its demons. “I had always considered myself an atheist,” says Paul Gill, the author of Anastasis: A Memoir. “I didn’t grow up in a religious household. It was a non-subject.” Part of his alienation from God stemmed from a troubled upbringing. “I had a painful childhood and I blamed God. I couldn’t understand how he could have made such a place. I couldn’t see any good in it. Because…
Satan and Demons: Are demons real?
By Brian Nixon, Special to ASSIST News Service ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS – May 21, 2015) -- I’m privileged to host a call-in radio broadcast called “Theology Thursday” (http://star88.fm/media_theologythursday.asp) on Star 88. On this broadcast we answer a host of questions on various Biblical topics. This past week we covered angels and demons, with great questions from our listeners. Because of the general interest, here are some quick facts about angels and demons. There are many false ideas about Satan and demons in the world today. We live in a world where two extremes exist concerning the realm of the supernatural. On one hand, there are groups of people who deny that the supernatural realm, saying that angels and demons, and even God, are not…
Are mysterious trumpet sounds in the sky a warm-up for Christ’s return?
By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS -- May 21, 2015) -- “And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet and they shall gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” –Matthew 24:31 For almost a decade, people scattered throughout the world have reported unnerving trumpet-like sounds that are so loud they stop and scan the heavens to find the source. To some, it sounds like the brass section of a symphony orchestra warming up, as demonstrated by a collection of videos filmed from the U.S., Ukraine, Germany and Belarus, according to a report by the DailyMail. The first YouTube video recording the sounds was posted in 2008 by…