A Jihadist group in Syria has demanded that Christians in the northern city of Raqqa pay a levy in gold and accept curbs on their faith, or face death. Dan Wooding from Assist News has the details.
Dan Wooding from Assist News is in Nashville Tennessee, busy recording interviews at the NRB (National Religious Broadcasters Conference).
One couple he caught up with we're Christian film producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey about their latest project - Son of God.
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As the protests have continued in Independence Square in Kiev, a group of Christians have erected a Prayer Tent in the square, and have been handing out New Testament Bibles and providing cups of tea to the protestors. Now they say that many have given their lives to Christ. Dan Wooding from Assist News has the details.
This year’s 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, could see quadriplegic, Joni Eareckson Tada, singing at the ceremony.
According veteran Christian reporter, Dan Wooding, ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ (Paul Bond) says the 64-year-old, who runs a charitable organization 'Joni and Friends' recorded the theme of a Christian movie, ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’, attracting an Oscar nomination alongside themes from block-buster movies such as "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" performed by U2, and "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2".
Bond says the “devout Christian grew up singing hymns but has no professional training. With her lung capacity is just 51 per cent of what it ought to be, she was so weak her husband had to push on her diaphragm to give her enough breath to hit the high notes.”
Tada told Bond she was the least likely candidate to record a song for a movie. “I’ll tell you that up front, so it’s amazing. It’s amazing enough that a family friendly movie with a Christian theme is nominated in any category for an Academy Award.”
Paul Bond said “Alone Yet Not Alone” tells the inspiring story of Barbara and Regina Leininger and their journey of faith and survival during the French & Indian war in 1755. Captured by the Allegheny Indians in a raid on their home and transported over 300 miles of wilderness to Ohio, the sisters are sustained only by their abiding trust in God, and their hope of escape against all odds to be reunited with their family.
The movie had a week-long Oscar-qualifying run last September, but – according to the film’s website - will not be released in US theatres until June 13th.
Tada herself is not nominated for an Oscar, says Bond, more accurately it is Bruce Broughton who wrote the music, and Dennis Spiegel who wrote the lyrics. Speigel also wrote the theme for the Billy Graham film The Prodigal (1983).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy is yet to indicate if singers of nominated songs will perform live during the March 2nd event, however - even if it does - Bond says Joni Eareckson-Tada may decline the invitation over concerns her physical condition could keep her from performing at her best. However, Tada has indicated on her website 'Joni and Friends', that she will be performing the song at the Movie Guide Awards in February.
Bond says Tada considers her recording of 'Alone Yet Not Alone' “a good but not a great one”, however, she says "the Academy recognizing this humble, good little song is rather wonderful.”
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Paul Crouch, a pioneering televangelist who founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the world’s largest Christian TV network, died on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at the age of 79. Dan Wooding from Assist News looks back at his life and his ministry.
Dan Wooding has released a book called, "Mary: My Story from Bethlehem to Calvary" - telling the gospel story from the perspective of Jesus' mother. He chats with Andrew Urquhart about why he wrote the book, what its involves, and the response he's had to it.
Scores of disabled people in Turkey will have a wonderful Christmas this year thanks to Southern California-born Norita Erickson of Kardelen Mercy Teams, based in Ankara, Turkey, where Norita works with Turkish people with disabilities.
Dan Wooding from Assist News tells us about her work and also why her living in Turkey is so amazing, as she is from an Armenian background and up to 1.5 million of her people died in the “Armenian genocide.”
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Dan Wooding from Assist News is guest speaker at the First Annual Urban Church Association Christmas Party in downtown Los Angeles, and has chosen a most unusual theme: "Why God can only use failures!" He talks with Andrew Urquhart about why he chose this theme.
Evangelist Billy Graham, 95, returned to his home in Montreat, North Carolina following a two-day stay at the nearby Mission Hospital, in Asheville. He was admitted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 for pulmonary-related tests and observation. Dan Wooding From Assist News has the details.
A local Gospel for Asia-supported children’s education and healthcare center in a cluster of villages in eastern India, has been forced to close because anti-Christian extremists marched on the facility, demanded its closure and issued death threats to the staff. Dan Wooding from Assist News has the details.