Are you a winner in our Camel Mug Slogan Contest?

LIVE! from the Desert Springs Ministries Office in Hermon, Maine!

We’ve run the Camel Mug Contest for about a year now.

Win this hand made Bible holder from ChadFirst, you chose the picture of “99” to be featured on the camel mug.

Then, you suggested slogans to go along with the picture.

Then, you voted on the slogans, and picked a winning slogan…

and as a result, someone is going to win the Bible holder from Chad! (more…)

How to Truly Help When Natural Disaster Strikes

Pray compassionately. Give effectively. Serve willingly.

Typically, life in America is peaceful.  We are used to a daily routine.  Here, it is possible to insure everything… and we take full advantage of it.  Week by week, month by month, we are doing better than the month before.  Our children grow up, and our lives are filled with many happy memories.  Disaster seems like something which happens in other countries, but not here.

When natural disaster strikes, you can help. [Source: Salvation Army]But then, a fire roars in the forest, headed straight for the homes and cities where our family lives.  Even in America, when a hurricane rolls in, it turns the streets into rivers.

Tornadoes tear homes apart.  Cities get ripped apart by mobs rioting in the streets as innocent people’s homes and businesses are destroyed.  And now, the threat of a North Korean nuclear bomb hitting the West Coast has changed the relative peace we expect into a fight for life and property for many of our friends all over America.

When disaster strikes, the last thing we should do is find someone to blame.  There is no time for that.  Yes, our nation is away from God and we need to turn back to Him.  However, if there is any repentance to be done, let it come from each of us on behalf of our nation.

While others figure out exactly whose fault it is that our fellow Americans are suffering the loss of their property and the threat to their lives, let’s come together and offer what we have to those in need: our prayers, our support and our practical assistance.

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7 worldwide ministries who are truly helping refugee children

What you can do to help

Do you have children of your own? Remember what it was like when you were their age?  Children playingWhat is your favorite childhood memory?  Maybe it was playing in a treehouse in the backyard.  Was is playing at the park near your home with your best friend, or under the sprinkler on a hot summer day?  Perhaps it’s time spent around the dining room table with your family?

As pleasant as those memories are, being a kid isn’t always that easy.  Most of us have painful stories of growing up as children.  We may have been bullied in school, or mistreated, or neglected, or forgotten.

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Would you prefer to know when a crisis is coming?

“I have spoken to you these things so you may have peace in me.

In the world you will have trouble. But trust! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 (MWNT)

The Refugee Crisis in EuropeWhile America is focused on elections and who the President will nominate to replace Justice Scalia, Europe is facing troubles like it has never faced before.

More than one million refugees have crossed into Greece since Jan 2015

To be sure, there are thousands of innocent, desperate lives caught up in the refugee crisis, looking for a better life and a place of freedom. 

But with time, we have discovered the troubles which come with these mobs of refugees as they come to settle a town with a population as big as their own numbers.

I was particularly moved by the testimony of this woman from Calais, France, as she tells what has happened to her beautiful seaside village since the refugees came: (more…)

Al-Qaida sets its sights on West Africa

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times

Mali. Ivory Coast. Burkina Faso. Chad. Nigeria. Algeria… The list continues to grow.

Countries that have never experienced Islamic Terrorism before are now being targeted.

Michael Riddering was among those killed in the attack at the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou. Michael and his wife Amy ran the Les Ailes de Refuge orphanage in Yako.

Please pray for West Africa. Pray that God would protect His people, and allow them to be a blessing to those who would try to kill them.


JOHANNESBURG — Al-Qaida and its allies have a new strategy for spreading fear in West Africa.

Once focused on taking hostages for ransom and striking military targets in the desert, the terrorist network has sent small groups of nimble gunmen to attack hotels, resorts and other soft targets where Westerners congregate. The latest assault came March 13 in Ivory Coast, where the dead included 15 civilians.

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