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Special Reports // Hardship and Hope

A scene from Nigeria. As a result of political differences and religious divide, this sense of normalcy is tainted by the ever-present danger of bombings. © Wikicommons

Remaining Strong

The Nigerian Church Keeps the Faith in the Face of Targeted Attacks

In Northern Nigeria, churches are suffering immense persecution at the hands of a terrorist group that has taken the lives of a hundreds of Christ-professing individuals.

Even as the militant Islamist sect known as the Boko Haram claims credits for the majority of the persecution and loss of Christian lives, many Nigerian congregations and pastors are not losing hope and taking proactive measure to keep their respective body of believers intact.

Increased security measures and equipping of pastoral leadership have allowed the congregations to sustain the threats and bloodshed.

Special Reports // Real World Events, Countries in Focus

Modern-day Slavery

The struggle to prevent human trafficking in Nepal

Currently 20,000 women and children are trafficked every year from Nepal alone, here is what is being done to stop this crime and how you can help.

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Sister to Sister

A Richmond, Va. women's service organization helps women in Haiti

Though they are separated by thousands of miles, the women of The James River Valley Chapter of The Links, Inc, felt the hurt of a group of women living in temporary shelter camp in Haiti. The Links chapter, based in Richmond, Va., decided to make survival kits filled with women's personal items like lotion and toothpaste and send them with a local doctor heading to Haiti on a medical mission. Once delivered, the survival packs gave much joy to the women of the camp.

Special Reports // Hardship and Hope

Credit to the poor

Micro-finance used a tool for empowerment to the most impoverished

Poverty is a terrible condition. But there is one solution proving that it can help the least of these: micro-finance.

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Still Moving out of the Rubble

Haiti’s displaced population has dwindled but the overall living standards have not improved

Haiti has just hit the two-year mark on the tragic earthquake that destroyed much of the capital of Port-au-Prince. This report looks into why progress has been so slow and what steps are on the horizon.

Special Reports // Real World Events, Hardship and Hope

More Trouble In The Horn of Africa As Hunger Crisis Worsens

The Worst World Famine In Almost 20 Years

Drought and civil strife are ravaging the Horn of Africa, sending the region spiraling into an epic crisis. It is estimated that 12.4 million people the region are in desperate need of food aid. JTJ reporter Michael Saks shares insights on causes and the impact of this devastating situation.

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The World’s Millstone: Child Abuse

Special report looks into prevalence of child abuse, particularly in Latin America

It is estimated that 275 million children around the world suffer violence in their homes every year. This special report tries to capture the essence of this tragedy, focusing on high rates in Latin America, and also seeks to encourage each of us to do something about it by speaking out and promoting justice.

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Celebratory Spirit, Still Gloomy Reality

Haiti’s annual Carnival was a true celebration but it was conducted amidst a landscape filled with massive squalor

Coming off the heals of Haiti’s one-year anniversary of the earthquake, the country—at least a small sector of it—produced/participated in Carnival, a mix of music, artistry, and revelry. While some denounced the events, others claimed it as way to keep moving forward. Still, the event served to show just how far the country—and its displaced population—still have to go.

Special Reports // Real World Events

Raped by War

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, military and militias continue striking out on woman and children as part of the spoils of

It is a scene that is beyond brutal. Innocent lives are being killed or raped seemingly on a whim as soldiers of the rebel armies rampage the eastern countryside. Democratic Republic of Congo has become a deathly battleground for the minerals that are found there. Those that fight for the bounty have no heart for human life. After 15,000 reported rapes in 2008 and 2009, 500 rapes in the past month has once again brought attention, yet no justice.

Special Reports // Real World Events

Damage Not Done

Pakistan Floods Continue to Send Pakistanis Fleeing From Homes

Even though the floods, which began six weeks ago, have done most of its damage already, Pakistanis in the south are still being forced to evacuate homes as waters threaten levees. The worse part: aid is not reaching Pakistanis in in need.

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Waters on a Rampage

Epic floods sweep over one-fifth of Pakistan

Annual rains that are usually celebrated in Pakistan have brought tears, as the downpour has caused flooding in epic proportions and has destroyed land and lives in a significant chunk of the country. Reports say that 4 million are homeless with a total of 20 million affected, as crops been destroyed and livestock taken from their grazing land. Many are starving as emergency teams try to respond to the country-wide disaster.

Special Reports // Countries in Focus

Jamaica's Song: 'No Woman, No Cry'

In the government yard in Trenchtown...Bob Marley's indeible rhythm, optism, and call for social justice still echo here

Jamaica is a place where one can saunter into a unspoiled paradise. But this island nation isn’t just a tourist hot spot…it is a country where its people have fought for freedom and won and are continuing to build an identity of progress. Sadly, warring factions in politics and on the streets continue to splinter the people and break down the country’s motto of “Our of Many, One People.” In the end, even with some harsh realities, the people have optimism and want the best for their nation.

Special Reports // Real World Events, Compassion in Motion

Taking on Malaria

Helping Hands Across World Soften the Blow of this Deadly Disease

A look inside a deadly disease that plagues poor countries. It is very treatable but requires the funds and mobilization to do so.

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Stepping into the Hurt

Rebuilding in Haiti; Earthquake in Chile; Starvation on horizon for Niger

So many broken lives...yet God still exists within it all. Haiti has not given up, even as rain starts to hit and so many are still without shelter. Chile suffered a major earthquake as well; Conc

Special Reports // Real World Events, Hardship and Hope, Compassion in Motion

Choosing Praise

Even as the destruction and death surrounds them, the Haiti people are lifting up their hands to say thanks to God and lift up p

A country in mourning celebrates life, knowing God is in control, and continues to march on to create sustainability living. Amidst tent cities, markets have reopened, roads too, and the airport is set to reopen this week. Much progress has occurred though much more progress is on the horizon to get Haiti on its feet.

Special Reports // Real World Events, Hardship and Hope, Compassion in Motion

Hope Amidst the Hurting

Haiti is getting the help it needs slowly but surely

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake destroyed most of Haiti's infrastructure but not is spirit. This special report takes a look at the devastation at the beginning and the moments of hope that defined the country's worst moments.

Special Reports // Countries in Focus

Spain in Focus

Full of Splendid Spots and Character

Their feet hit the floor like the hoofs of the bulls that are part of the national sport here: tapping, tapping, tapping.

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Revival is Taking Place in Muslim Algeria

Move of the Spirit in Northern Algeria as Muslims Turn to Christ

Despite laws preventing conversion, Muslims are turning to Christ in what’s being called an amazing move of the Spirit in Northern Algeria.

Special Reports // Real World Events, Hardship and Hope, Compassion in Motion

Globally Starving

A world in economic crisis creates a world in a hunger crisis

As the world continues to muddle through a global recession, millions upon millions struggle to find the next meal. This report takes a look at those harrowing numbers and tries to shed some light on a situation that often gets overlooked.

Special Reports // Hardship and Hope, Countries in Focus

Africa at a Glance

Poverty, Ethnic Strife, and Overpopulation are Creating a Tidal Wave of Death that doesn’t Seem to be Letting Up

It is a world where every three seconds a Child dies as a result of AIDS. Africa is like no other place on this planet, where tribal wars and a deathly environment combine to create a world in utter despair, marred by blood and death. This report takes a looks at these harrowing conditions.

Special Reports // Real World Events

Turning on Each Other

Spotlighting some of the ways fellow countrymen take arms against each other

Ethnic tensions flair up in China, refugees in Pakistan return home on uncertain terms, and a wave of Christian persecution strikes Zanzibar.

Special Reports // Real World Events

World in Hurt Summary

Linking hearts to a hurting world.

Here's a look at some of the most struggling places in the world, where ethnic strife and violence threaten way of life and humanity. Also, where starvation is rapid.

Special Reports // Hardship and Hope

Claiming Their Birth

Many in Bukina Faso striving to claim their legal identity

In Burkina Faso, millions are born without being officially registered by the government. The result is lack of services given to most and even the possibility of human trafficking. The UN and other agencies are stepping in to help.

Special Reports // American Escapes

Desert Landscapes

Arizona is full of wonders of all kinds.

It may be desert but it is here, when it appears that life is impossible in the extreme heat, that so much life comes to be. Its an enchanting world out here, full of canyonlands and unique rock formations.

Special Reports // American Escapes

Sunshine in South Florida

A glance at the palm trees, flamingos and Cuban coffee that make South Florida unique and worth gazing into.

His wonder is everywhere around us...sometimes you just have to stop and take it in. No better place to do that than the beach. Stop and marvel with me at South Florida, where flamingos and crocodiles find home in some beautiful resting places.

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Shattered Ground, Shattered Lives

Italy's Recent Earthquake Toppled Hopes for a Family-focused Easter for Most Central-Italy Families

It came like a thief in the night. A riveting earthquake shook up a small city and surrounding towns in central Italy, crushing homes and crushing lives, days before Easter.

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Hope Amidst Despair

Darfur villages lie in ruins but the people are still clinging to life, albeit in an assortment of refugee camps

They run for their lives, fleeing homes, fleeing everything. This is the plight of many in Darfur as what many would call state-sponsored genocide continues to take root in the troubled country of Sudan. Join the Journey looks into the plight of the 2.5 million refugees.

Special Reports // Compassion in Motion

Passionately Serving Peru

Faith-based organization develops passion of 20-somethings to make a difference in the lives of youth throughout Peru

Known as Mission Center Peru, this faith-based organization acts as a special incubator for 20-somethings to cultivate their love of God and desire to serve others. Through two outreaches, Metro Kidz and Action House, the 20-somethings are speaking truth into the lives of young Peruvians about the moral, upright, God-honoring ways to live in this world.

Special Reports // Countries in Focus

Peru in Focus

So many blends of life, nature

An overview of all that Peru is. So much to see and do and experience. Just need to hold on for the ride and open the eyes.

Special Reports // Hardship and Hope

Surviving Street Life

Norfolk Homeless Take it One Day at a Time

Life on the streets: sleeping under park benches, grabbing a mat and taking the floor at a local shelter...its not the ideal life in any way shape or form. But hundreds of Norfolk, Va. homeless has have come to know it well, whether it be from drugs, disability, or just a patch of bad luck. They take it all in stride, seek God in the process, simply try to survive, and move with the Lord toward a greater purpose. So many are continually striving for that purpose without much luck, yet they continue in hope and at the end of the day, find their own kind of peace.

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Remembering the Holocaust

Survivor shares horrors of and personal triumph within Nazi Regime

It was a time of pure horror, where entrie families perished at the hands of Hitler and the Nazis. This survivor, Jeannette Grunfeld, shows that through the pain of the past, she can smile in the present.

Special Reports // Hardship and Hope, Life Milestones

Heart of Home

Conclusion of Habitat for Humanity Builders Blitz turns dreams to reality for 16 families

In a span of five days, a special blitz turned an empty lot into beaming new homes. Sixteen families who had endured hardship and struggle, but never had given up faith, each stepped into a a home that was all theirs.

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Honoring the Fallen

America’s Memorial Day Inspires Deep Reflection, Remembrance for Individual Sacrifices in All Wars

Memorial Day is a time to honor those that have fallen. For so many of the still living, especially the Vietnam Vets, the death of their comrades is still hard to swallow. Thousands pay tribute each year in D.C. to honor, remember, and let go.

Special Reports // Real World Events

Praising Disaster:

Suffolk Community Rejoices After Storm Hits

A ravaging set of tornadoes wreaked havoc on Suffolk in late April but by God's grace, no one was killed. Even with the wreckage, homes devastated, many people of this humble community are praising the Lord.

Special Reports // Hardship and Hope

Food for the Stomach and Soul

Rhode Island Church Ministry Spearheads Effort to Provide for Needy, Bring them Closer to God

Called the Early Seekers, a Cranston, R.I.-based church prayer group decided to turn their prayers into action by bringing sandwiches and donated clothes to the Rhode Island needy.

Prayer + Praise

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain "

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