In the Saturday morning session of April General Conference, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Seventy invited all members to follow Christ by reaching out to others in service. Missionaries in Houston, Texas, USA have been engaged in doing just that. [Read more…]
Saratov, Russia, winter, 1998. Two young missionaries serving for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lay bound, gagged, and blindfolded in a frigid little room. They had no idea where they were or who had taken them. They only knew that two men were talking about ransom – and about killing them. [Read more…]
A successful second round of donations for the Adopt-A-Vet program this weekend put Compassionate Houston’s goal of 300 welcome home baskets in 100 days within reach. Compassionate Houston is a coalition of faith-based organizations and private citizens. Their goal is to provide a place to stay, social services and job assistance for chronically homeless veterans in the Houston area.
Linda Andrus, project director for Compassionate Houston, organized the basket initiative when told that veterans were receiving much appreciated housing, but lacked the basic household supplies to make it a home. Though told it might take a year to collect the necessities for 300 veterans, “We just knew we could do it in 100 days,” Andrus stated. “All things are possible with God.” The welcome home baskets include hygiene, kitchen, cleaning, bedroom and bathroom items. The value of a complete basket is approximately $250.00. [Read more…]