Alaskan Disciple of Christ Reese Hanneman has earned one of the highly-coveted spots on the U.S. Olympic Cross Country Ski Team and will be headed to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
In the Olympic qualifiers, Reese placed 3rd in the Freestyle Sprint and 1st in the Classic Sprint. He went on to win the 2018 U.S. National Championship in both the Freestyle and Classic Sprint races. This totals FOUR U.S. National Championship titles for Reese! These championships did not guarantee a spot on the Olympic team, but after almost three weeks of uncertainly, the U.S. Olympic Ski Team announced its selections with Reese on the roster.
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Reported by Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks, AK
“This competition’s very meaningful for us,” says Knierim, who skates with husband Chris Knierim. “We’ve kind of been lacking the joy and lightheartedness of life for about two years now, from all the struggles we’ve been through, so being here together, Chris and I are kind of just enjoying it.”
Speaking to reporters not long after their free skate, he and Alexa also discussed the key role their Christian faith has played in their lives, from Alexa’s worsening condition, her diagnosis on through her recovery.
“It’s the reason I was able to get back on the ice,” Alexa said, “because I stopped worrying and stopped trying to control life, because I couldn’t. In the moment, you know, I was so sick and didn’t really know where things were going to go for me, whether it was skating or life in general. So I finally just threw my hands up and said like, ‘You lead the way,’ and it’s my testimony and I stay true to it.”
“And even here at the Games, it’s no longer about me,” she continued. “I have fans out there who know that I am a true believer in the Lord and I’m trying my best to shine his light and let people know that it’s okay to promote him and do things for him, because in the Christian life that’s kind of what we’re supposed to.”
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Reported by People Magazine
A priest and several churchgoers have been injured during a machete attack on a church in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta.
A 22-year-old man armed with a sword or machete attacked members of the congregation at St Lidwina Church.
The priest was struck in the back of the head and several others were injured before the man started hacking at a statue of Jesus and Mary.
A patrolling police officer ran into the church and tried to negotiate with the attacker. Police said the attacker charged at the officer, who shot and injured him.
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Reported by ABC News Australia
Four U.N. human rights experts have issued a joint statement, urging Iran to ensure "a fair and transparent final hearing" at the country's Revolutionary Court for three Iranian Christians who have been sentenced for "conducting evangelism" and "illegal house church activities," among other charges.
The U.N. special rapporteurs on the human rights situation in Iran, freedom of religion, minority issues and the right to health have expressed their concerns over last year's sentencing of Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, former Assyrian Pentecostal Church leader in Iran, and house church Christians Amin Afshar Naderi and Hadi Asgari, to between 10 and 15 years in prison for various charges.
The U.N. experts said the charges and sentences were "completely contrary" to Iran's obligations under international law. "We are additionally concerned about the lack of health care made available to them while in detention and, in particular, about the current health condition of Mr. Asgari, who remains in prison."
"Mrs. Isavi explained during the interrogation that when the Assyrian Pentecostal Church was shut down, she attended home churches and prayed with fellow Christians and discussed the Holy Book," Alipour said. "It's astonishing that a country's national security could be threatened by a gathering of Christian believers." #IranianChristians #ChristianPersecution #UnitedNations #WalkOnWater #JesusSurfedApparelCo
Reported by The Christian Post
UM coach surprises his players with an unexpected gift
Richt gave every player a Bible, and the coach personalized it by putting the player’s name on the cover of the copy that player received. Receiver Braxton Berrios said Richt told the players that reading it is “optional.” “This speaks volumes to the type of coach we have,” Berrios said.
Asked in July how much he has used faith to create unity in the team, Richt said: “Yeah, well, everybody has a belief system. Everybody looks at life through a certain filter. I happen to be a Christian. That's just what I am. I'm not using it. I think we need to be true to who we are, what we believe.
“I'm not trying to make anybody believe anything I believe. I just want to do things in a way that I think God would be pleased with me. That's my goal on a daily basis.
“In doing that, I know if I do that, I'm blessing the players I'm in charge of. We'll be doing things right in recruiting. We'll be working our tails off.
“So I don't think much about it. I'm not trying to use anything. I'm just trying to be who I am.”
Reported by Miami Herald
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