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David M. Landis Presents a Powerful Holiday Production with the Live Bethlehem Christmas Pageant

David Landis Live Bethlehem Christmas PageantLive Bethlehem Christmas Pageant is a nonprofit performing arts group which provides entertainment to the local community in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As its president, David M. Landis oversees daily business operations, and he also produces and directs live shows that serve to teach the community the origins of Christmas. Passionate about the organization, Mr. Landis also assists in fundraising efforts, promotes shows, and manages public relations. Hard working and dedicated to the organization’s cause, Mr. Landis has become recognized as a thought- and action-leader throughout his community.

From The Morning Call:

Spend an hour contemplating the reason for the season at the 35th annual edition of the Live Bethlehem Christmas Pageant Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the bandshell at Rose Garden Park, Eighth Avenue and Union Boulevard in Bethlehem.

The fully costumed re-enactment tells the story of Joseph and Mary and the birth of Christ. Joseph accompanies the Virgin Mary, who is riding a donkey to the stable where Christ is born and laid in a manger. The angels appear and summon the shepherds, who come with their offerings of sheep and various other animals. The Wise Men and camels, with an escort of Soldiers on horseback, arrive to receive the words of Herod and the High Priests. They proceed to the stable, where the Holy Family and the resident animals await under the watchful care of the angels.

David M. Landis produces and directs live shows that serve to teach the community the origins of ChristmasThe animals are all real. Singers and a narrator tell the story.

There is a musical prelude at 1:45 p.m. each day and the pageant starts at 2. Admission is free, however, a goodwill offering is requested to support the community event, presented by David Landis of Bethlehem and his family.

Mr. Landis is professionally affiliated with Worldwide Branding- which named him an Outstanding VIP member in 2013. He is also an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and Minsi Trails Council. In 1990, he was honored with the Silver Beaver award by the Boy Scouts of America. In his free time, he enjoys buying and selling goods for others.

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Rochunga Pudaite has Helped in Translating the Bible into Five Different Languages

Rochunga PudaiteAt the helm of Bibles for the World, Inc., Rochunga Pudaite—an expert in bible education—trains preachers and teachers, and translates the bible. He has set the precedent in the field of bible education, paving the way for religious servicemen to reach out to neighbors abroad and spread the glory of God, via his 501(c)(3) organization.

From CBN Asia:

Chwanga Pudaite, the son of a headhunter, met a Welshman by the name of Watkin Roberts. The year was 1910, and the seven days that Roberts spent in the foothills of the Hmar territory in India changed Chwanga’s future. The quiet, soft-spoken Welshman told Pudaite of a living God who sent His Son into our world to bring life, and that week Chwanga Pudaite made a decision which cost him dearly.  When he decided to follow Jesus, he was driven from his home and family.  But when his son was born, he prayed that he might be the one to take the Bible back to the hills of Hmar from which he had come.

Chwanga’s son, Rochunga, was anything but a model boy, yet early in his teen years, Rochunga followed in the footsteps of his father and likewise became a Christian.  After he completed high school by sweeping floors and chopping wood for board and tuition, Rochunga appealed to Prime Minister Nehru for a scholarship.  His faith was rewarded.  The first scholarship ever given by the Indian government to a tribal student went to Rochunga.

During those years, he began thinking of his father’s dream‑‑a Bible in their native Hmar dialect.  When Rochunga was elected president of the newly formed political party by the Hmar leaders, he was on the verge of forgetting his dream for a political career.  During those days of decision, a cable arrived from Watkin Roberts‑‑the man who had first introduced his father to Christ. Instead of throwing his hat into the political arena, Rochunga came to America for graduate study. As he studied, Rochunga (Ro for short) also translated the New Testament into his native tongue, and it was published by the London Bible Society.

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Dr. Pudaite, more affectionately known as “Dr. Ro,” is a renowned public figure who has fascinated audiences for years, with the book “Fire on the Hills: The Rochunga Pudaite Story” published in 1999 and written about him by James C. Hefley. He is also the subject of “Beyond the next mountain: The story of Rochunga Pudaite,” a reflective biography that was authored by his lovely wife, Dr. Mawii Pudaite.

Lauded as a thoughtful, insightful and philanthropic evangelical expert with a wealth of experience and a huge heart, Dr. Pudaite has given Bibles to 19 million families across 110 nations.

Watch a classic episode of “This Is Your Life” featuring Dr. Pudaite below, learn more about Bibles for the World, Inc. by visiting the organization’s website, and visit Dr. Ro and Dr. Mawii’s Facebook page by clicking here.

 

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Terrie Lea Exemplifies the True Meaning of Faith and Perseverance, and Shows Miracles are Possible through God’s Singing Children

Terrie LeaTerrie Lea has gone through a lot in her lifetime, enduring many smiles, laughter and love as well as heartaches, trials, and tears. The Lord called her in 1987 and gave her the gift of song. She was ordained in 1991 as a song minister. In 1992, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. In December of 1992, she was in the hospital getting ready to have surgery, but the Lord told her to tell the doctor to check one more time, and when the doctor did, the cancer was no longer there. On through the years, Terrie Lea has had things happened to her, different sicknesses, but the Lord was always there on time to deliver her from all the attacks. She has been healed so many times by her Father God, who loves her so dearly. From the year 2003 to 2007, it seemed there was always something to discourage her, but her vision and the calling God had placed in her life gave her the strength to overcome all the traps the enemy had set before her.

Upon her arrival into the year 2007, everything one could have imaged when it came to illness was thrust her way every four days—but God was there, right on time. In October 2007, Terrie Lea suffered an injury from protecting her granddaughter that led to blood clots in her left leg that traveled to her right lung as well. In December 2007, another blood clot developing in the other leg and traveled to the other lung. Terrie Lea has suffered several physical ailments, disappointments or setbacks that have transformed her life, but she refuses to give into the despair or depression that could weigh her down. She focuses on the positive outlook in life and is sometimes described as too optimistic and trusting, and has come to be known as a “Pollyanna.” Through the many medical conditions, Terrie Lea had to make the difficult choice of moving to Florida to be close to the Mayo Clinic for her health. This was an extremely difficult decision to be away from her family. However, her health and medical care have improved and she visits as often as she can, especially during the holidays. She loves Christmas, and the holidays would not be the same without her family. They know that she is the spirit of Christmas in their home. She strives to a better Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend each and every day.

Terri LeaTerrie Lea believes in the goodness of others and the importance of unconditional love, faith, family and the Lord and Savior in her life. She has been extraordinarily blessed in her life and wants to continue to make her mark upon this earth. It is the Lord within her that sings, not her. When He called her to sing in 1987, she couldn’t talk let alone sing in front of people. He said then it was Him in her and to not be afraid. She has gone through many hardships and trials that have tested her faith and strength in the Lord. She has suffered physically with illness, such as COPD, cancer, and blood clots in both lungs and legs and when she felt like giving up and quitting singing for the Lord, He has spoken to her and said, “Terrie, I am not finished with you yet.” She is so blessed to have always been held in the palm of God’s hands to be protected, loved, guided and inspired. Her family is the most important thing in life and she has fought to protect her husband, her children and grandchildren from life’s hardships. She is not perfect, but she strives to be better each and every day.

Terrie LeaTerrie Lea hopes to see her legacy continue with her grandchildren. It is amazing to see how a young girl who was afraid to sing is working on her fifth album—singing, producing, and writing songs. She can see God’s blessings in her grandchildren and how they are touched with God’s love, empathy and grace. Her oldest grandson, Colton, wrote his first song at the age of seven. The younger grandchildren want to work for the Lord and she knows that one day Alyssa, Landon, Laken and the ones waiting in heaven to be born and bless the family, will work for the Lord in one capacity or another. Upon reflecting on the decisions she has made and on what she intends to be a bright future, Terrie Lea said, “I had to move to Florida for my health and to be away from all that I love in West Virginia. However, I know that with my family and God’s unconditional love that I will be okay. My calling has been to sing and speak to the broken-hearted with words and song. I am so blessed to have seen my life experiences, both good and bad, touch others in ways that I would not have thought possible.”

Please visit Terrie Lea’s website or http://godssingingchildren.com to learn more about her incredible journey.

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Thomas McGovern Champions Community and Church Initiatives with the Denise McGovern Memorial Conference Center

Thomas McGovernAfter the untimely passing of Thomas McGovern’s wife Denise, he was prompted to follow her advice, and “be generous.” Because that was one of the last things that she wished of him, Mr. McGovern made that his life’s goal. In honoring her final request, he founded a nonprofit organization—the Denise McGovern Memorial Conference Center—where the people of his community are welcome to holding conferences and events that support both the public and the church.

Mr. McGovern has since made the most of his background in the service sector and his financial expertise by serving as the organization’s Managing Director. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all accounting initiatives, calculating expenses, and decorating the center, in an effort to ensure that all who enter its doors can enjoy a comfortable and relaxed setting.  Additionally, Mr. McGovern is in charge of bringing food to these events and setting up, and hosting family reunions, Christmas parties, class reunions, tournaments, and parties for small churches, small businesses, and companies. He also raises funds for his local church.

nonprofit man hands heartA compassionate and kindhearted soul, Mr. McGovern will never forget the words instilled in him by his late wife Denise, and these words have allowed him to help others. His enduring generosity has garnered for him recognition from his peers and fellow community leaders, as well as induction into Worldwide Branding. He is a member of the Staten Island Catholic Youth Organization, the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, the First Baptist Church, the Council of Community Services, and the Life Foundation.

If you would like to learn more about Thomas McGovern, please visit his LinkedIn page.

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Rhonda K. Bello Honored by Worldwide Who’s Who for her Commitment to Helping the Spiritual Community

Rhonda K. BelloRhonda K. Bello serves as the president of The Prayer and Salvation Organization. In the course of her duties, she is responsible for managing overall business operations, executive direction and vision, the board, strategic planning, financial fundraising, new business development, approval of any funding to religious organizations that will help advance members, the main sanctuary, international expansions and youth services, programs, leadership development, volunteers, and financial analysis and forecasting.

A true believer, Mrs. Bello decided to help the spiritual community by opening a nonprofit organization after she spent more than 24 years in the United States Armed Forces. She believes in international business and integration of diversity, and she currently heads different projects in Nigeria and India, as well as several other countries. She attributes her success to her faith in God, and great mentors throughout her military and spiritual career. She became involved in her profession because her daughter asked, “If God is so powerful and the everlasting healer, then why is there poverty and grief?” Mrs. Bello’s answer was that we are a family, and need to help each other. She realized then that it was her time to start a nonprofit to help churches and spiritual centers internationally with financial assistance.

Rhonda Bello CardMrs. Bello became a doctoral candidate through the University of Phoenix, having earned a Master of Science in accounting from the University of Phoenix in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting. She is a mentor of Joining Forces Mentoring Plus, and an alumna and events chair of the University of Phoenix in Washington. To benefit the less fortunate, she serves as an administrator of The Shadow of the Almighty Ministries. In years to come, Mrs. Bello hopes to complete a doctoral degree, build international awareness for her mission and complete a multitude of projects in worship centers worldwide.

The Prayer and Salvation Organization is based on the belief that its projects, which refurbish and assist the spiritual community, are of the utmost importance. The entire team is committed to meeting those needs, and as a result, they have a high percentage of donations that come from businesses around the world and repeat donors who are impressed by what a difference their donations can deliver.

For more information about The Prayer and Salvation Organization, visit http://www.prayerandsalvation.org.

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Axel Lanausse Supports Religious Organizations with the Global Commission Partners

Axel LanausseMore than two decades ago, Axel Lanausse became inspired to work with nonprofit organizations and to support charitable causes in an effort to help those who were in need. For the past five years, he has served as president of Global Commission Partners—a nonprofit missionary association which indentifies and evaluates the fruitfulness of native ministries. Once ministries are approved, Global Commission Partners raises the funding to supply them with the necessary tools to make the religious organizations thrive.

As president of Global Commission Partners, Mr. Lanausse is responsible for handling all administrative duties, maintaining donor relations, traveling, and conducting evaluations. Drawing on his educational background, which includes a master’s degree in bible studies, he has become an expert regarding indigenous missions. In the coming years, he plans to keep abreast of changes in his ministry through networking and consulting worldwide.

religion doveRecognized for years of invaluable contributions to the church, Mr. Lanausse has garnered several awards. In 2013, he was inducted into Worldwide Branding as an executive member. Later that year, based on outstanding achievement in his field, he was selected as an Executive of the Year, representing nonprofit missionary work. Mr. Lanausse feels his success can be most aptly attributed to his faith in God, hard work, and a passion for the people that have yet to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Learn how you can champion the initiatives of the Global Commission Partners by supporting a child or a missionary.

 

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Sonja Dinner Transcends Religious and Ethnic Divisiveness through The DEAR Foundation

Sonja DinnerSonja Dinner, President of the Board of The DEAR Foundation, has made a name for herself as a philanthropist and humanitarian over the past 12 years, making every effort to help women and children around the world.

After a successful career as a CEO and primary shareholder of the information technology company Heyde Schweiz AG until 2002, she has used her skills to independently advise Swiss banks and their customers on philanthropic and humanitarian investments. She has used her own good fortune in the information technology industry to give back, and has developed a unique expertise in funding sustainable programs. She brings this passion and extensive knowledge to The DEAR Foundation as president of the board. Mrs. Dinner’s philanthropic work, as an individual and as president of the Board of The DEAR Foundation, transcends religious and ethnic divisiveness. She knows that the grim face of poverty is the same worldwide. Her efforts have been driven by her passion for women and children all over the world.

Mrs. Dinner lives by the motto that education and improved living conditions are the only way to change the fate of those who are poverty stricken. Therefore Mrs. Dinner has ambitious goals: give as many children as possible a meaningful childhood and empower the poor to live a dignified and independent existence, free from charitable handouts. This work takes her not only to Israel and the Middle East, but also to all parts of Africa, Asia, Russia, Central and South America.

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Lillian Light Works to Help the Environment through the Environmental Priorities Network

Lillian LightLillian Light’s organization, Environmental Priorities Network, runs public forums, and their next meeting is being held on September 27th, 2014 at:

The Pacific Unitarian Church
5621 Montemalaga Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275

The forum is being held from 9-10 with snacks being served.

People can visit the environmental tables, and from 10-12:30 speakers from Citizens United will be on hand to foster stimulating interactions with those in attendance.

Come one, come all!!!

Celebrate the Earth with the Environmental Priorities NetworkThe organization has conducted nine solar home tours, and these are held every year in May. An “Earth Day” is also celebrated in April, and the board meeting for Environmental Priorities Network is on the second Thursday of every month in the Pacific Unitarian Church library.

Ms. Light also writes articles for the Audobon Society’s newsletter. She helped to found the organization in September of 2001.

If you are interested in learning more about Lillian Light, please click here.

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Gail Ruth Peterson Helps Widows and Widowers Continue to Go for their Goals after Spouses’ Deaths

Gail Ruth Peterson helps women unite to accomplish their goals after their spouses' deathsGail Ruth Peterson, along with her new husband, Mike, is the Director and Co-Founder of The Widow’s Peek, Inc., a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization which offers resources and support for widows and widowers around the world. At the helm of the organization, Mrs. Peterson is responsible for writing curriculum to help widows and widowers realize there is still something for them to do after a spouse’s death. She is also currently in charge of writing a training program, and of coordinating and overseeing monthly events. She is also in the process of a newsletter with encouraging stories.

Mr. & Mrs. Peterson were inspired to become involved in the profession by the experiences that they encountered after they each became widowed in 2008. After participating in a grief program, Mrs. Peterson took a life coaching course and felt a need for a widows’ program. Mrs. Peterson is personally involved in grief ministry and is gifted in the area of writing and art. She has written a number of books: “Who am I without Him?”; “Kimmie Meets Jesus”; “Pete’s Move to Grandma and Grandpa”; “Jacob Wins a Soccer Game”; and “Cadin’s Heavenly Father.”

Since having served as an agent of positive change in the lives of many, Mrs. Peterson attributes her success to God, seeing the needs of others, and wanting her life to be useful. She is not afraid to try new things or make mistakes. In looking forward to a bright future, Mrs. Peterson wants to travel to various areas in Africa, and have more opportunity to share the facts of a widow’s life in the U.S. She believes that there is a healthy way to be healed and move on, and she wants to make her resources more known.

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