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  • Evacuated From St. Martin

    We received an inspiring email that we were given permission to share:

    I wanted to let you all know how much I love your apparel. I have been not only complimented on your shirts while paddle boarding but have also used it for sharing my testimony at the beach and volleyball tournaments. 

    Recently my wife and I were on St Martin when Hurricane Irma came through as a category 5 hurricane. We witnessed a heart wrenching amount of destruction there before being military evacuated from the island. With time spent in the hot sun clearing debris and standing in line to try and leave the island the JSAC long sleeve sport shirt was perfect and got worn a lot. Even got washed in a rain shower from Hurricane Jose while we were stuck on St Martin. On our last day on the island it was on me as we finally made our way to get on the C-130 as we left the island. Just wanted to let you know your apparel has been through the storm and though battered, still is one of my favorites to put on. 
    With high regards
    Peter Bogacz
    Bayside Community Church
    Sarasota, FL
    "Captain America"

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  • Let's Pay Tribute to the Airline That Did Everything in its Power to Help a Mother in Need

    Airlines tend to receive all kinds of harsh feedback from disgruntled travelers. But they do the best they can—and sometimes much more than that.

    Just ask passenger Peggy Uhle, who will be forever grateful to Southwest Airlines after they helped her through a real family trauma.

    When Peggy Uhle boarded her flight from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio, she turned off her cell phone as the plane rolled away from the gate.

    But she and her fellow passengers didn't get very far, because the plane suddenly turned around on the tarmac at Midway Airport and taxied back toward the gate.

    Peggy and the rest of the passengers had no idea what was happening at all.

    Once the plane was anchored at the gate, a flight attendant approached Peggy and asked her to get off. Peggy thought she had boarded the wrong plane, but when she got back inside the terminal, a gate agent told her to call her husband. He had been forced to contact Southwest Airlines because Peggy's phone was turned off. But luckily, the airline managed to get the two spouses in contact with each other at the last moment.

    It turned out that Peggy's 24-year-old son had suffered a serious head injury and was in a coma in Denver, Colorado.

    Peggy had barely taken in the shocking news before a staffer explained that the airline had reticketed her on the next direct flight to Denver and arranged all of the other practical details. For free, of course!

    "They offered a private waiting area, rerouted my luggage, allowed me to board first, and packed a lunch for when I got off the plane in Denver. My luggage was delivered to where I was staying, and I even received a call from Southwest asking how my son was doing,"

    Thanks to the airline's incredible service, Peggy was able to quickly get in touch with her family and travel to her son to give him the support he needed—without having to pay a dime.

    Today, her son has fully recovered from his serious head injury.

    Reported by Newsner

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  • Christian Church Destroyed by ISIS Rebuilt by Muslim Residents

    This group of Muslim volunteers are being hailed for their compassionate gesture of solidarity towards an abused Mosul church earlier this week.  

    According to the Facebook group This Is Christian Iraq, young community Muslims volunteered to help rebuild the Monastery of Mar Georges in the Al Arabi neighborhood of Mosul, Iraq.  

    The church had been damaged during the two-year reign of ISIS jihadists. Since the city was only reclaimed after a siege in November, rebuilding has been slow.  

    The volunteers became inspired to help after they heard rumors that Christian families were still being attacked within the city.

    So, able-bodied men and women stepped up to remind local Christians that “Mosul is yours as it’s ours” and “our differences are our strength”.

    Reported by Good News Network

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  • 3 Ways to Create a Culture of Faith in Your Christian Business

    As a Christian business owner your faith-values have infused with the values and ethics that comprise your company. As a Christian, your faith and your work are integrated.

    But, how do you incorporate a culture of faith that runs as a vein throughout your entire business? Rather than just being a Christian business in name, how do you create a missionally-minded workplace that stands apart?

     

    This kind of gospel-focused heartbeat is born out of intentionality of leadership (that’s you) and a Biblically-based infrastructure.

    1. Corporate Prayer and Bible Study

    To establish a presence of faith throughout your whole business, try to all be before the Lord, in prayer and in His word, together. If you’re serious about believing that your business is God’s business, then you know you need Him to be interwoven in what is happening at work. Take time to pray together as a staff. Pray over your business, your customers, big projects, but also over your staff’s experiences at work and outside of work.

    1. Invest in the Discipleship of your Employees

    As a leader, you have the unique opportunity to speak into the activities, roles, and lives of your employees. And as a small business owner, you have the opportunity to do so in a religious context.

    Discipleship is a step beyond your “boss” role. Discipleship means showing your employees that you value you them enough to invest in them.

    For your employees that are Christians, this provides an opportunity for spiritual growth and allows them to be ministered to. For employees that are not believers, this is your mission field. This is your opportunity to fulfill the great commission in your business.

    1. Biblical Conflict Resolution

    Part of having a strong, Christ-centered business is recognizing that everything is not going to be rainbows and butterflies. You cannot expect to avoid difficulty or ignore conflict simply because you are following the Lord. Christ experienced a lot of conflict in His ministry. However, it is our approach that will be the difference.

    Handling conflict Biblically also requires intentionality in work culture and is an aspect of your business where faith can absolutely be incorporated. If the culture of conflict in your business is marked with humility and grace, rather than hostility and frustration, then your workplace could be transformed.

    Each of these areas requires intentionality and strong Christian leadership. However, when we pursue faith in our business we are seeking work by God’s design. Take bite-sized pieces. This change won’t occur overnight, it will require time.

    Written by Rachel Miley

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  • Largest Network of Christian Business Advisory Groups Launches in South Central, PA

    HARRISBURG, PA – 23 Mar, 2017 – American’s largest Christian business advisory network, The C12 Group, announces the launch of a C12 Group practice in the Susquehanna Valley region of South Central Pennsylvania with Steve Bateman as the Managing Chair.  C12 Group will provide Christian business owners and executives across the region with business counsel, a trusted peer advisory group, and ministry development.  

    “I am very excited to welcome Steve Bateman to the C12 family,” said David Gullotti, C12’s VP of Market Development. “Steve’s decades of business experience, workplace chaplaincy, and vocational ministry will prove to be a tremendous asset to the many Christian executives in South Central Pennsylvania who seek to grow and improve their business and have a richer life in Christ. It is a very exciting time for the local C12 movement.

    Bateman brings over 25 years of business experience that includes engineering and operation leadership roles at companies such as TE Connectivity (formerly Tyco), Thomas & Betts, and FCI Electronics. Bateman answered the call to pursue vocational ministry in 2003.  After graduating from seminary, he accepted a leadership role with the largest provider of workplace chaplain services. His experience in workplace chaplaincy allowed him to become a trusted advisor to business owners and CEOs. Nearly 10 years after beginning his service in the workplace mission field, Bateman answered another call to the next level of workplace ministry through C12.

    “As a C12 Chair, I am committed to equipping and encouraging business leaders to achieve their desire to glorify God in their work and life,” explained Bateman. “My goal is to expand C12 Groups across the Susquehanna Valley so Christian business executives have a proven resource for guidance, best practices, and coaching to pursue excellence in their business, home life, and relationship with Christ.”

    Bateman will host two complimentary events for Christian CEOs and business owners at the Bent Creek Country Club in Lititz, PA.  A luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 26th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm followed by a breakfast on Thursday, April 27th from 7:30 am – 9:30 am.  

    Those interested in attending one of these events may contact Steve Bateman at (704) 575-7069 or by email at steve.bateman@c12group.com

    Founded in 1992, The C12 Group is America’s leading provider of executive roundtables for Christian CEOs and Business Owners. C12’s mission is to “change the world by advancing the Kingdom of God in the marketplace through the companies and lives of those Christ calls to run businesses for Him.”

    For more information about The C12 Group of Susquehanna Valley, visit www.c12svpa.com

    Media Contact
    Company Name: C12 Group
    Contact Person: Lisa Cone
    Email: Lisa.Cone@C12Group.com
    Country: United States
    Website: www.c12group.com

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  • Faith on the Field Sports Radio Show

    ESPN to Launch Radio Show Focusing on ‘the Impact of Faith In the Sports World’

    ESPN will soon launch a weekly sports talk radio show that will focus on “the impact of faith in the sports world” and feature interviews with professional athletes who will discuss the role faith has played in their lives.


    Rob Maaddi, an Associated Press sports writer, will host the new hour-long radio program, “Faith on the Field,” which debuts in April. He told The Christian Post that although he has many roles as a writer, author and radio and TV personality, his “main job in the world is to be a messenger for Christ.”

    “I want to increase the Kingdom, spread the Word, encourage Christians to share their faith and inspire nonbelievers to turn to the Lord,” he said. “So this show will be a forum for athletes to talk about the work God has done in their lives and hopefully we give all of our listeners an entertaining, engaging sports-talk experience that impacts them much greater than scores, stats, opinions and analysis.”

    Maaddi, a devout non-denominational Christian who has authored a number of sports books, including Football Faith: 52 NFL Stars Reflect on Their Faith and Baseball Faith: 52 MLB Stars Reflect on Their Faith, told CP that he has had the idea for a show like this for quite some time but the plan didn’t fall together until after Pastor Phil Moser at Fellowship Bible Church in Sewell, New Jersey, invited him and his friend Doug Horton, to a Bible study.

    While Rob will serve as the show’s primary host and lead discussion, Moser, the author of the Biblical Strategies book series, and Horton, the founder of the charity obstacle course event Goliathon, will be co-hosts on the show.

    Through his work over the years covering Philadelphia sports teams, Maaddi has been able to build relationships with Christian professional athletes across the country.

    “We’ll have various Christian athletes on the show from around the country, though my access to Philly players will make them my go-to guys,” Maaddi explained. “I have a strong network of players, hall of famers, MVPs, all-stars, thanks to Football Faith and Baseball Faith.”

    "Faith on the Field" will be broadcasted on ESPN's Philadelphia radio affiliate, AM 610, on Thursday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. ET. The program will debut on April 6 and will also be available on podcast and the iHeart and TuneIn radio apps.

    SOURCE: The Christian Post
    Samuel Smith

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