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Praise: Basketball Coach Goes Barefoot to Provide Shoes-ASSIST News Service reported on Jan. 28 that a staggering 110,000 pairs of shoes had so far been donated to Samaritan's Feet, a nonprofit, Christian-based charity, through the efforts of Ron Hunter, head basketball coach at IUPUI (Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis). Hunter recently had the privilege of meeting Emmanuel (Manny) Ohonme, the founder of Samaritan's Feet. Four years ago, Manny left a lucrative marketing and supply chain job to start Samaritan's Feet ( ), whose goal is to put 10 million pairs of shoes on children's feet in 10 years around the world. Manny is originally from Nigeria and grew up very poor. He received his first pair of shoes at the age of 9 from a missionary, who also taught him how to play basketball. Samaritan's Feet was formed in 2003 and four years later more than 500,000 pairs of shoes have been donated. Coach Hunter was so moved by Manny's story that he decided to coach in his bare feet for the IUPUI basketball game on January 24th against Oakland. Hunter said he wanted to honor Martin Luther King by raising 40,000 pairs of shoes for children throughout the world. Hunter's goal was easily surpassed by major donations from Soles4Souls, a Nashville, Tennessee-based charity, Wal-Mart, Converse, and Nine West, a women's shoe company.

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Pray: Canadian Teacher May Lose License for Defending Christian Beliefs-According to, British Columbia teacher Chris Kempling was cited in 2003 by the College of Teachers for professional misconduct after he wrote in to a local newspaper outlining Christian teachings on homosexuality. Kempling was found guilty of the charges, and his teaching license was suspended for a month. Kempling appealed that decision in the Canadian court system, all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. In the process he spent "well over" $100,000 in legal fees, he says. In the end, the Supreme Court denied his appeal. And now Kempling has discovered that he is facing yet another citation from the college; and this time around, says Kempling, it is possible that he could lose his teaching license altogether. Kempling told supporters that he received a letter informing him that he is being cited on numerous counts for conduct "unbecoming" of a teacher. One of the counts on which he has been cited, he says, is simply for being a candidate for the federal political party, the Christian Heritage Party. "They have cited me for participating in a CBC radio interview where I quoted the Bible saying that homosexual behavior is a barrier to salvation," he wrote.

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Praise: Twin Unborn Babies Save Mother's Life, Loosen Tumor After Abortion Refused-Doctors sometimes suggest to women who become pregnant while dealing with cancer that they should have an abortion to save their own life. However, in the case of a British woman, her twin unborn children saved her life when they knocked loose a tumor that had been developing on her cervix. Unknown to 35-year-old Michelle Stepney, a tumor had been developing inside her and she headed to the hospital thinking she may have had a miscarriage. Doctors diagnosed her with life-threatening cervical cancer and suggested she have an abortion on her twin babies to be able to have chemotherapy, according to the London Daily Mail. Stepney declined and physicians agreed to give her lower doses of chemotherapy with the hope of stopping the cancer during the pregnancy, the newspaper said. Ironically, the babies ultimately saved their mother's life as their constant kicking dislodged the developing tumor. "I couldn't believe it when the doctors told me that the babies had dislodged the tumor," she told the newspaper. "I'd felt them kicking, but I did not realize just how important their kicking would turn out to be."

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