The Benefits of Missions Trips
I recently read a book that dealt with youth ministries. In one of the chapters it mentioned short term missions trips. The author had obviously had some rough experiences with them. He believed that, while being a good thing, they were not really worth the time or money. Speaking from experience I immediately had to disagree with him. It was on a short term missions trip that I realized God could use my life in ways I didn't even imagine. Not only were these trips beneficial for reaching the people of those foreing countries with the gospel; they also created a real passion inside of me for lost souls. On these trips my world was expanded, I gained a desire to see the people of the world reached with the message of Hope. I got to see how materialistic I am as an american. I saw people with hopelessness in their eyes, begging for the good news of Jesus Christ. I wouldn't trade the experiences I gained on those trips for anything. By the way, there are many believers who I will see in heaven one day as a result of those trips. Praise the Lord for youth pastors who were brave enough to take 20 teenagers to a foreign country.
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
Military recruits are supposed to be assessed to see whether they're fit for service. What happens when they're not?
- During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.
- The program brought over 300,000 men to Vietnam who failed to meet minimum criteria for military service, both physically and mentally.
- Project 100,000 recruits were killed in disproportionate numbers and fared worse after their military service than their civilian peers, making the program one of the biggest—and possibly cruelest—mistakes of the Vietnam War.
The 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.
- Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
- In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
- Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.
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