Saturday, February 28, 2015

Obituary :Rev. Canon Malcolm Boyd dies at 91

Spend a few minutes with the Rev. Canon Malcolm Boyd and you know that he has kissed the face of God—and God kissed back. Now he will feel God’s full embrace. Boyd died around noon on Feb. 27 from severe complications with pneumonia, according to author/therapist Mark Thompson, Boyd’s spiritual companion and his earthly husband (who took the portrait above). He was 91.

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Houston Man Killed in Church Parking Lot

Feb. 28, 2015: Houston police said they found a man dead in a church parking lot after they responded to reports of a shooting in southeast Houston. Anoushah Rasta reports.
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Obituary :Pastor Jack Moriarty of Arizona killed in home invasion

Pastor Jack Moriarty was shot and killed after a home invasion Friday night in Phoenix, near 20th Avenue and Monroe Street
Moriarty, 53, was pastor at the Redeemed Outreach Center, a church in downtown Phoenix known for its work with former inmates and the homeless community.

The investigation is ongoing, but police said three people were in the home when two unknown men entered. Moriarty was shot and killed and another male occupant was assaulted, Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard said. The third occupant was able to hide in her room and call for help.
The two men then took some personal property and fled the scene, Howard said.
The home invasion was less than a mile from where a Catholic priest, the Rev. Kenneth Walker, was murdered in June.
Moriarty, known as Pastor Jack to his congregation, led Redeemed Outreach, which offers recently released offenders a place to stay, food to eat and a disciplined, but open, program to help former inmates readjust to life outside of prison.
Clover Lucky, now an assistant residential manager at the center's women's halfway house, came to Moriarty for help in 2009. Lucky said Moriarty was a friend and provider to all.
"He was a rescuer of human souls," Lucky said. "He had an open heart and open door to all those who needed it."
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Prince George's County Missing Girl : 13-Year-Old Girl Missing From Fort Washington

Prince George's County Police are looking for a missing 13-year-old girl.
Kayla Corynn Claggett was last seen Friday morning in the 1200 block of Van Buren Drive in Fort Washington, Maryland, police said.
Police describe Claggett as African-American, 5-foot 10-inches tall, weighing 250 pounds with a curly pony tail. Claggett was last seen wearing a black coat, red pants and black shoes, according to a release from Prince George's County Police.
Authorities are asking anyone with information of her whereabouts to contact police at 301-749-5064.
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Missouri Shooting : Joseph Jesse Aldridge kills 7 in town of 50 then himself

(CNN)A small Missouri town's discovery that a gunman killed seven people and injured another Thursday night began when a girl managed to flee a residence where she heard gunfire.
She ran to a neighbor's house and called police, say investigators in Tyrone, Missouri.
Authorities then found a trail of death that was so staggering, a state trooper lost count at a news conference.
Seven people, all gunshot victims, were found dead in four residences in the small town of 50 people. One person managed to survive, and she was found wounded in one of the homes.
The gunman also was found dead Friday morning in a GMC pickup after going to another county more than 15 miles away, where he apparently shot himself. He was identified Friday as Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, who was believed to be a cousin to four of the seven slain victims, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
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Obituary : Bangladeshi-American Blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death

DHAKA, Bangladesh — A Bangladeshi-American blogger known for his antipathy to religion was hacked to death on the street in this capital city by two assailants wielding machetes, the police said on Friday.
The victim, Avijit Roy, 42, was leaving a book fair with his wife Thursday evening when his attackers approached him from behind, according to the police. His wife, Rafida Ahmed Bonya, 45, suffered a blow to the head and was in critical condition in a Dhaka hospital, said Sirajul Islam, an officer at the Shahbag police station, where Mr. Roy’s father reported the assault.
Jibon Ahmed, a photographer for a local photo agency, said by phone that he heard screams outside the fair around 9 p.m. After finding the couple, he said, he helped them into an auto-rickshaw and took them to the hospital, where Mr. Roy died.
The police have not named any suspects, but Mr. Islam said that witnesses had provided descriptions of the attackers. Officers recovered two bloodied machetes from the scene of the crime.

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Is isis in The United States ?, Yes in all the 50 States , Says FBI Director

The ABC7 I-Team looked into ISIS terrorists in the United States- not just a smattering of potentially violent radicals, but terrorists present in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and all 50 states.

In less than two years, ISIS has gone from a terror start-up overseas to what FBI Director James Comey calls a "chaotic spider web" in the US, with young Muslim men being radicalized in Illinois and the 49 other states. Comey suggests ISIS uses social media like a job fair. That's how he says terrorists snagged three New York men facing ISIS charges.

"Those people exist in every state. I have homegrown violent extremist investigations in every single state. Until a few weeks ago there was 49 states. Alaska had none which I couldn't quite figure out. But Alaska has now joined the group so we have investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states," Comey said.

In Chicago, there are several current federal cases of teenagers being recruited online by ISIS, buying plane tickets to travel overseas; plans interrupted by U.S. counter-terrorism agents, in some instances at O'Hare Airport.

In New York City Wednesday, the latest plot - to blow up Coney Island - is a scheme authorities say by three Brooklyn men now in federal custody. According to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday, the men - ages 19, 24 and 30, from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan - planned to train with militants in Syria. They also hoped to shoot police officers, FBI agents or military members in the US and even talked of assassinating President Obama, according to the complaint.

Prosecutors say they were lured by ISIS, a pitch Comey said is common.

"Slick propaganda through social media that goes like this: 'Troubled soul, come to the caliphate, you will live a life of glory, these are the apocalyptic end times, you will find a life of meaning here fighting for our so-called caliphate and if you can't come, kill somebody where you are.' That is a message that goes out to troubled souls everywhere," Comey said.

"There are vultures on social media who try to take advantage of our children," said Omer Mozaffar, a Loyola University Muslim chaplain.

Even as terrorists use social media to recruit, federal investigators also use it to catch suspected terrorists. In the New York case, one of the suspects is said to have posted threats against President Obama on an overseas website friendly to ISIS. Late Wednesday afternoon he and the two accomplices were all ordered held without bond.

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Iran and nuclear energy : Exiled Iranian Opposition Group Exposes Hidden Nuclear Site

An exiled Iranian opposition group exposed another nuclear site in Iran on Tuesday that was unknown to the West, AFP reports.

The group accuses Tehran of running a “secret” uranium enrichment site, which violates ongoing talks with global powers on a nuclear deal.

“Despite the Iranian regime’s claims that all of its enrichment activities are transparent … it has in fact been engaged in research and development with advanced centrifuges at a secret nuclear site called Lavizan-3,” said Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a political umbrella of five Iranian opposition groups, according to AFP.

He said the site was hidden in a military base, supporting his claims with a series of satellite images drawn from Google Maps which, he continued, backed “this intelligence from highly placed sources within the Iranian regime as well as those involved in the nuclear weapons projects.”

The Lavizan-3 site was apparently constructed between 2004 and 2008 and reportedly has underground labs connected by a tunnel. “Since 2008, the Iranian regime has secretly engaged in research and uranium enrichment with advanced… centrifuge machines at this site,” Jafarzadeh said.

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Apocalypse in Islam : ISIS, Iran Are Agents of 'Apocalyptic Islam

Speaking in a discussion on Islam at the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention on Tuesday, New York Times bestselling author and Middle East expert Joel Rosenberg explained that the biggest threat facing the Western world is not the rise of radical Islam, but rather the rise of "apocalyptic Islam."

In one of four Islam discussions held at the three-day conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Rosenberg, who authored the bestselling book series The Last Jihad, criticized the Obama administration for refusing to acknowledge the threat posed by radical extremist terrorists as a threat from "radical Islam."

Rosenberg continued by saying that although many people feel that the rise of radical terrorist groups is one of the biggest threats to America and Western nations, a bigger cause for concern in the West should be the rise of two nation-states — Iran and the Islamic State — with leaders promoting an "apocalyptic" brand of Islam focused on the "annihilation" of the United States and Israel.

"We are not simply facing a threat from radical Islam. At the core, we are actually facing something even worse," Rosenberg told The Christian Post on Wednesday. "We face the threat of apocalyptic Islam. For the first time in human history, we now are faced with two nation-states whose leaders are driven by an end-of-the-world [theology]."

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Thai Wedding Traditions Dies as Three Men ‘Marry’ Each Other

Photos of three Thailand men who recently ‘married’ each other have gone viral, garnering societal support for the concept of same-sex “throuples” worldwide, but also generating remarks from Christians about the confirmation of the slippery slope that has long been predicted.

The men, who have only been identified as Joke, Belle and Art Thani, reportedly participated in a traditional water-pouring ceremony on Feb. 15 and had photographs taken of their union. However, the act was more of a symbolic gesture as neither homosexuality or polygamy are legal in Thailand.

“Love occurs unconditionally and is not limited to only two people,” Art wrote on Facebook. “Love brings peace to the world.”

The threesome has also been featured on Thailand television, and have posted affectionate photos online which include captions such as, “The three of us will forever hold hands and walk together.”

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Obituary : Rev. Jack Heaslip of U2 Group passed away in Dublin

U2's travelling pastor, Rev. Jack Heaslip passed away in his home in Howth, Dublin after a long struggle with motor neuron disease.
The pastor spent many years on tour with the band, travelling with them and providing spiritual guidance to roughly 500 staff and crew members who were spending lengthy periods away from their family.
Described by Killing Bono author Neil McCormick, as a "gentle, thoughtful, soft-spoken, bearded man with strong spiritual leanings," Heaslip was not well known outside of the crew's circles but was well loved by everyone who knew him. described him as the coolest man alive, while Rev. Val Rogers, the rector of Aughavale group of parishes where Rev Heaslip was also based, paid tribute to "his intelligence, courage and love."
"Pastor Jack is toasting with God in eternity now. We offer our sympathies and condolences, along with our love and prayers, to the Heaslip family and to the U2 community," the U2 blog posted.
"From the fans he never knew he had, those of us who have also felt his pastoral presence through concerts and albums, we agree with the liner notes from Songs Of Innocence and offer our thanks and fond farewells 'To Jack Heaslip, our North Star,'" it continued.
Heaslip first met the band members in the 70s when they were still in high school at Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he was guidance counsellor and chaplain. He eventually transitioned into an Anglican clergyman, ministering to a congregation of his own in west Mayo.
In 1983, he officiated the marriage of Bono and Ali, and continued his friendship with the superstars for the rest of his life.
In a rare occasion in 2001, he was recorded while he led the prayer before the start of the Elevation Tour in Miami during which he prayed that the people who attended the concert would be spiritually moved by the album, as well as all of the other music released by U2.
In 2014, his devotional entitled "A Tale of Two Mottoes," was included in the book Disquiet Time by Jennifer Grant.

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Obituary : Rev. Theodore Hesburgh , Notre Dame Priest dies at 97

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame into an academic power during his 35 years in charge while also serving as an adviser to popes and presidents has died.

University spokesman Paul Browne says the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh died Thursday night at age 97.

Hesburgh, who grew up in Syracuse, N.Y., was Notre Dame president from 1952 to 1987. During that time the university grew in size and stature and control of Notre Dame shifted from the order of priests who founded it to a lay board. He also was president when Notre Dame began admitting women in 1972.

Hesburgh also was a social activist who held hands with Martin Luther King Jr. during a 1964 civil rights rally and served on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

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EndTime: Why Are So Many Of The Super Wealthy Preparing Bug Out Locations?,

A lot of ultra-rich people are quietly preparing to “bug out” when the time comes.  They are buying survival properties, they are buying farms in far away countries and they are buying deep underground bunkers.  In fact, a prominent insider at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland says that “very powerful people are telling us they’re scared” and he shocked his audience when he revealed that he knows “hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand”.  So what do they know?  Why are so many of the super wealthy suddenly preparing bug out locations?  When the elite of the world start preparing for doomsday, that is a very troubling sign.  And right now the elite appear to be quietly preparing for disaster like never before.
The insider that I mentioned above is named Robert Johnson.  He is the president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, and what he recently told a packed audience in Davos is making headlines all over the planet
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Terror Los Angeles : Ralph kenneth deleon and two terror suspects sentenced to 25 years in prison

RIVERSIDE >> A federal judge on Monday sentenced two Inland Empire men to 25 years in prison for plotting to travel to Afghanistan, join al Qaeda and commit a violent jihad against American military and government targets overseas.
Despite requests from defense attorneys for leniency and a request for a new trial, Judge Virginia A. Phillips sentenced Sohiel Omar Kabir, 37, of Pomona, and Ralph Kenneth DeLeon, 26, of Ontario, to 25 years in prison and lifetime supervised release by the U.S. Probation Office upon their release from custody. Phillips also ordered the pair to undergo residential drug treatment while in custody.
Federal prosecutors were pushing for 35-year sentences for both defendants, given the nature of the criminal conspiracy and the intended targets.
A jury convicted Kabir and DeLeon in September, but deadlocked on two of the charges against DeLeon: conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and conspiracy to receive military-type training from al Qaeda.
Prosecutors on Monday agreed to dismiss the two charges against DeLeon, which the jury deadlocked on in September, instead of retrying him for those offenses.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Obituary : Southern Gospel songwriter Mosie Lister dies

A “Homegoing Celebration” honoring the life of Southern Gospel songwriter Mosie Lister was held today at The People's Church in Franklin, Tennessee.  Thomas Mosie Lister was born on September 8, 1921.  He passed from this life on February 12, 2015.
In a sense, Mosie Lister preached his own funeral today through the lyrics of many of his songs.  The Booth Brothers performed several “Mosie Lister” songs, as did the Homecoming Choir, which was led by Bill Gaither.
Songs included, “How Long Has It Been?” “Feeling Mighty Fine,” “Still Feelin’ Fine,” “ Where No One Stands Alone,” “Goodbye World, Goodbye,” “Then I Met The Master,” “Til The Storm Passes By,” “While The Ages Roll.”  Also performed was “I Can Feel His Hand In Mine,” a Mosie Lister song that was recorded by Elvis Presley.
Pallbearers included Steve Mauldin, Michael Booth, Ronnie Booth, Jim Brady, Josh Butterworth and Jake Sammons.  Honorary pallbearers were Bill Gaither, Joe Huffman, Ron Booth, David Williams and Jimmie Vann.
Mosie Lister was laid to rest in a private graveside service at Williamson Memorial Gardens.
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Pastor of fellowship baptist church vacaville sentenced for arson

The former minister of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Vacaville was sentenced last week to eight years in prison for stalking his former girlfriend, and the arson of her Vacaville home.

Mark Wayne Lewis, 40, pleaded no contest to the charges Jan. 15, three days after his trial started in Solano County Superior Court, according to Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams.
He was sentenced Feb. 18, she said.

Lewis faced a 14-year prison term and the prosecution and the victim wanted a longer sentence, Abrams said.

Retired Judge Dwight Ely accepted the plea agreement and indicated he would sentence Lewis to the eight-year term, Abrams said.

The stalking took place between Dec. 1, 2013 and Jan. 9, 2014, and the arson of Sarah Nottingham's home on Chateau Circle happened about 3:30 a.m. Jan. 8, 2014.

No one was injured when a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the residence -- and damage to the home was minor. Six people, including three children, were asleep at the time, Vacaville police said.

Lewis was arrested at the church, at 3321 Farrell Road, on Jan. 9, 2014.

Three people who were found in a rented vehicle after the arson also were arrested in connection with the incident.

Kristin A. Broyles, 31, of Citrus Heights, and Anthony Newbolt, 34, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty to being an accessory. Broyles was sentenced to 16 months in prison and Newbolt will be sentenced March 30.

Police said Broyles and Newbolt were staying at the church because they were homeless.

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Video : ISIS Arrests Made In Brooklyn, New York | NBC Nightly News

Investigators arrested men planning to support ISIS by carrying out attacks domestically, suggesting bombing Coney Island even assassinating President Obama.

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An assistant pastor at a northwest suburban church appeared in Cook County Court Wednesday on felony child pornography charges.

Clovis Vilchez-Parra, 34, is charged with charged with possessing and reproducing child pornography. 

"The depictions show some children that appear to be as young as 5 years old," said Lorna Amado-Chevlin, assistant state's attorney. 

Prosecutors said Vilchez-Parra - who until yesterday was an associate pastor at Mision San Juan Diego in Arlington Heights - was arrested Tuesday night at the parish home. 

"He was shown some of the images and videos that were recovered and again identified that those were in fact images and videos that he had retrieved," Amado-Chevlin said. 

Prosecutors said the images located on Vilchez-Parra's personal laptop were of children involved in various acts of sexual conduct, most under the age of 13. They said Vilchez-Parra was caught as a result of a Cook County internet crimes investigation into users of a peer-to-peer file sharing program called "Ares". 

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Obituary : Father Joe Waters, pioneer of Hispanic Ministry in the Charlotte diocese, dies

HIGH POINT — Father Joseph John Waters, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charlotte, died Feb. 18, 2015.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 23, 2015, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in High Point. Interment was at Gilmore Memorial Park in Julian.
Known as "Padre José" by the Hispanic people whom he served for more than three decades, Father Waters was a pioneer of Hispanic ministry in the Charlotte diocese. He devoted much of his long ministry as a priest to serving Spanish-speaking Catholics in Central America, South America and North Carolina. He served for 13 years as a missionary in Mexico and Peru, was director of the Hispanic Catholic Center in Charlotte, and served as director of migrant ministry for the Diocese of Charlotte.
He was born 22 May, 1926, in Bristol, Pa., and spent most of his childhood in Arlington, N.Y., and Westfield, N.J. His father's job transfer brought the family to North Carolina in 1946, about the time the future priest began his studies at St. Charles College, Catonsville, Md. He completed his studies for the priesthood at St. John Seminary, Little Rock, Ark., and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Vincent S. Waters on May 24, 1956, at Immaculate Conception Church in Durham.
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Obituary : Pastor JE Jones: Uptown Records Rap Executive

A major record executive with Def Jams and Uptown Records, Pastor James E. Jones A.K.A. PJ, died on Sunday, February 22, near Atlanta, Georgia. While today’s legends are Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars, musical acts of the mid-1990s like P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Heavy D, and Montell Jordan all had Pastor J.E. Jones to thank for some part of their careers. Pastor J.E. Jones’ death and funeral were announced on Twitter and Facebook by his widow and co-pastor of his church, Caron Jones.
When Pastor J.E. Jones was a part of Def Jams Records, it was headed by co-founders Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons — but there is no online evidence of formal condolences from his former bosses. Regardless, this does not mean that the music industry forgot about Pastor J.E. Jones after he retired from Rap and R&B to focus on Gospel music.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Obituary : Reverend William G. Kalaidjian former NYPD chaplain dies at 89

A former NYPD chaplain and church pastor has died.
On Friday, January 16, Reverend William G. Kalaidjian passed away at his home in Riverdale, reportedly from natural causes. He was 89 years old.
Kalaidjian, an Armenian-American who was born on December 17, 1925 in Nyack, NY, attended Nyack High School before graduating from Adelphi University and the New York Theological Seminary.
After serving in the Navy during World War 2, Kalaidjian became the pastor the Congregational Church of Bedford Park in 1953, where he served for 42 years until 1996.
However, Kalaidjian is probably most remembered for being the NYPD chaplain, a position that he also held for 42 years, from 1957 to 1998, after he was a police officer in Nyack.
Throughout his tenure, Kalaidjian was responsible for spiritual well being of the police department and its police officers.
Kalaidjian was greatly involved in other organizations as well. He was a founding member and the executive director of the New York State Shields, president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, a chaplain for the Bronx Veterans Hospital and a volunteer chaplain for the Veterans Administration. He was also the president of the Bronx Rotary Club from 1987 to 1988, an organization that he was a member of for over 50 years.

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Video : ISIS Leader: We Are Being Funded By The United States

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Video : SYRIA - Dozens of Assyrian Christians kidnapped by Islamic State

SYRIA - Dozens of Assyrian Christians kidnapped by Islamic State

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Video : Australia To Revoke Citizenship To Curb Islamic Extremism

Tony Abbott has called on immigrants to Australia to “be as tolerant of others as we are of them” as he outlined a series of planned counter-terrorism measures including the power to revoke citizenship in the case of dual nationals.

In a national security speech on Monday, the prime minister also called on Muslim leaders to proclaim Islam as a religion of peace “more often, and mean it”.

Abbott confirmed the government would appoint a new national counter-terrorism co-ordinator and was looking at changes to immigration laws and new options to deal with Australian citizens who were involved in terrorism.

Amendments to the Citizenship Act would allow the government to revoke or suspend the Australian citizenship of dual nationals, he said.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Video : 3 UK teen girls may have joined ISIS after online grooming

British police and security services have come under fire over the failure to stop three schoolgirls from traveling to Syria to become jihadist brides, despite one of the girls having tweeted a known Islamic State supporter. FULL STORY:
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Isis Schools : Islamic State Announces Establishment Of English–Speaking Schools

The Twitter page “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently” ( ) is run by a group of local activists and expose crimes and atrocities committed there, both by the Syrian regime and by ISIS. On February 22, 2015, the page posted a photo of an ISIS notice in English that is addressed to “English-speaking muhajiroun” (immigrants to the Islamic State) and announces the establishment of two new schools for their children, one for boys and one for girls. The opening of such schools reflects the abundance of foreign fighters in ISIS's ranks.

The notice, signed by ISIS's education bureau, states that the Abu Mus'ab Zarqawi School for boys and the Aisha school for girls are intended for children aged 6-14, and that lessons are five days a week (Saturday-Wednesday) from 9:00 to 12:00, and are held in English, except for Koran and Arabic classes, which are taught in Arabic. The curriculum consists mainly of religious subjects: aqeedah (creed), Hadith, Seerah (the life of the Prophet), fiqh (jurisprudence) and Jihad, in addition to maths and English. 

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Obituary : Pastor Adeboye's elder sister dies at 83

The eldest sister of Pastor E.A Adeboye has died. Esther Adetoun, 83 years, died of natural causes.
Pastor Adeboye and his eldest sister Esther Adetoun were very close before her death. She died on February 11 and was buried on February 13 and 14 in Ifewara, Osun state.
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Obituary : Rev. Kofi Awadzi of Ghana dies at 70

A family source told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra that Rev Awadzi died at the 37 Military Hospital on Wednesday, February 18 after a short illness.
He was 70.
Until his death, Rev Awadzi was the Founder and Servant Leader of the Lone Voice Ministry in Accra and the Nsawam Adoagyiri District.
He is survived by the Wife Rev Mrs Nana Yaa Awadzi, Head of Information and Documentation of the GNA and three children.
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Obituary : Pastor Gregory A. Tyson Dies at 46

Some sad news to share with you this morning as the community mourns the loss of a leader. Pastor Gregory A. Tyson, Sr. of First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church passed away Sunday morning. Tyson had lead the church for the past 12 years. He was also a prominent business owner.

We've spoken with Pastor Tyson several times through the years. He also has also provided a number of vignettes for us during the annual MLK celebration.

He is survived by his wife, Melanie, and children Jada and Gregory.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, and will be announced at a later date by Sylvania Funeral Home of Savannah.

Pastor Tyson was 46 years old.

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Obituary : Rev. Darryl Edwards Screams 'God, I Need Your Help' Then Drops Dead While Preaching at Funeral of Church Member

A beloved pastor in Texas dropped dead before some 200 people including his own sister while preaching at the funeral of a church member last Friday, after ironically warning them of the need to be "ready for death."

Sheila Edwards, sister of the-late Rev. Darryl Edwards, 55, of the Fannin Street United Methodist Church in Goliad, Texas, told the Victoria Advocate that her brother was exhorting on the need to be "ready for death" at the 10 a.m. funeral service for his parishioner, Sally Bland, on Friday, when it took him suddenly.

"He was talking about how you need to be ready for death because you never know the day or hour," she said of her brother's sermon. "And about then, it happened."

She explained that as he preached about sudden death, Edwards clutched the microphone he was using in one hand and reached for the sky with the other and screamed, "God, I need your help," and collapsed.

She was also sitting right behind her brother as he spoke, so Sheila was forced to watch him die up close.

"There was an emergency room doctor in the crowd who came forward, and he was able to detect a faint pulse," she said. "I looked in my brother's eyes, though, and I didn't see any movement. I just told myself to breathe and trust."

Some 40 minutes later the beloved preacher was pronounced dead at DeTar Hospital Navarro where he was transported by ambulance.

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