Monthly Archives: February 2021

New International Launches Miles for Missions Initiative as Socially Distant Way to Support Missions

FAITH NEWS SERVICEFORT MYERS, Fla. – February 26, 2021 – A Fort Myers based mission sending agency launched its Mile for Missions initiative this week in an effort to cover 25,000 miles – the number of miles around the earth – and raise $100,000 to support global missions. Friends and supporters are being asked to commit to a number of miles they will complete on Saturday, May 22nd, as well as a fundraising goal they are excited to reach. This initiative gives partners all over the world the opportunity to be involved in this collaborative one day event in a way that feels comfortable for them, and they can invite others to join their efforts as well. New International is encouraging team leads and participants to commit to bike, swim, walk, jog, fly, drive, or any other method of covering miles on May 22nd. This initiative gives team leads the opportunity to fundraise for the ministries they support in a fun and creative way. Anyone can participate by signing up at, or emailing

New International is a mission sending agency headquartered in Fort Myers, FL, with more than 225 missionaries serving in 40 countries globally. Partnering with New International means extreme poverty relief for children and families in Africa; investment in food and water security in Zimbabwe; helping at-risk youth start viable businesses in Myanmar; providing a loving home for disabled orphans in Ukraine; church planting in Mexico; rescuing girls from sex-trafficking in Asia; ensuring missionaries have the tools and resources they need to thrive on the field; and more.

“As an organization, we strive to be innovative in our approach to ministry,” shares Jeff Metzger, CEO of New International. “This includes coming up with new ways to support our missionaries and involve our partners during the challenging times of the past year. We are excited to see how God uses this initiative to sustain ministry and resource our missionaries, while providing a fun way for partners to be involved.”

Ministry opportunities supported by New International include career missions, internships, short term projects, apprenticeships, missions training and speaker requests, and child sponsorships.

Founded in 1989, New International was one family’s dream to assist Russian pastors in planting churches and discipling new believers. Building on this foundation, New International continues to join with God in what He is already doing to foster the church and believers globally.

For more information about New International and Miles for Missions, visit or call 239-337-4336.


New International

New International is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established in 1989 with the mission of proclaiming Christ and making disciples globally. With more than 225 affiliates living working regularly in 42 nations, New International missionaries focus on church multiplication, community transformation, global youth ministry, marketplace ministry, and short-term mobilization. New International’s mission is to proclaim Christ and make disciples globally. Over the past 30 years, New International’s missionaries have lived out the gospel message all around the world, touching hundreds and thousands of individuals’ lives. To learn more, visit or call 239-337-4336.

Janelle Beaber
Photos: Flyer for Miles for Missions and social media graphic

Do not be fooled by the International Criminal Court’s probe into alleged War Crimes by Israel in the Disputed Territories

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – To the Christian Community, the short article below may help you in understanding the incorrectness of a possible probe by the International Criminal Court into alleged Israeli “war crimes” in the disputed territories.


The International Criminal Court (ICC) wants to illegally extend its judicial gavel into areas beyond its jurisdiction and probe into Israeli actions in the disputed territories. Although the State of Israel is not a member of what has mutated into a politicized judicial club, the ICC is set to begin possible investigations into Israeli “war-crimes” in these areas. Israel has its own robust and honest judicial system which is well capable of investigating any crimes and prosecuting when necessary. Recent history proves that.

The fact that the State of Israel is not a party to the Rome Statute, the mandate governing the International Criminal Court (for good reasons; the United States also is not a member), means the ICC has no jurisdiction whatsoever over alleged “war crimes” committed either within Israel’s territory or the disputed territories. “Palestine”, not being a recognised nation-state in the United Nations (except with observer status) means the ICC has no legal jurisdiction to make any investigation.

Despite this, in a panel of three international judges the majority (2) voted that the ICC does have jurisdiction to investigate alleged war crimes by Israel in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The third judge in the decision—the Chief judge, opposed this vociferously. As of the date of this writing, sovereign states which have opposed the ICC decision are Israel, USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Uganda, Brazil, and Australia.

Whereas the ICC was set up in 1998 with what were good intentions—to seek out and bring to justice real war criminals, yet in more recent times it has become a political tool in the hands of the Palestinian Authority to demonise and threaten the citizens of the Jewish State. For example, in the 2014 Gaza War (Operation Protective Edge), when the Israelis were being kidnapped, murdered, rocket-attacked, and threatened by the invasion of jihadist extremists using underground tunnels protruding out of Gaza, the Israelis had no choice but to retaliate for the defence of their own citizens. Israel did what any reasonable western democracy would do to defend its territory and reassure its citizens of the ability of its defence force to protect them. Although at the time extremely negative media coverage accused Israel of disproportionate force, the fact was that the Israelis were doing all they could to warn innocent Gazan civilians of impending attacks, so as not to target the innocent. The Israeli aim was to weed out and target the Hamas operatives who were escalating the war.

Having been forced to conduct a defensive war against the extremists, the Israelis are now threatened with investigations by a politicised and biased International Criminal Court, which could find Israeli Defence Force personnel in the firing line for simply doing their job to defend a democratic nation. This could result in the conviction of good Israelis, their imprisonment (if found outside of the borders of Israel), and the seizure of their financial assets. They will find no end to fabricated “testimony” of Palestinians who claim such crimes took place. As happened in the war of 2014, the extremists will distort photographic imagery to “prove” their point.

Another concern for Israel is that “settlers” who are fulfilling their national and historic right to build a life on the land of their ancestors in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) will also find themselves in the firing line of the International Criminal Court. The ICC may call the relocation of Israelis, who by their own choice decide to live on this ancestral land, a “war crime”. They may accuse Israel as an “occupying power” of transferring its citizens into land the Palestinians claim as their own. You can imagine how this could get out of hand. Why isn’t the ICC investigating real war crimes taking place in Iran, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, and other places?

President Mahmoud Abbas, as leader of the Palestinians, made their position clear in 2011 regarding Palestinian membership into international institutions:

Palestine’s admission to the United Nations would pave the way for the internationalization of the conflict as a legal matter, not only a political one. It would also pave the way for us to pursue claims against Israel at the United Nations, human rights treaty bodies and the International Court of Justice. (NY Times, May 16, 2011)

Unfortunately, the Palestinians once again are using the ignorance of the international community; its susceptibility to swallow distorted emotive rhetoric and lies from the Arab side; and the bias that already exists in the United Nations against the Jewish state, to try and fulfil what they had pledged themselves to fulfil only through open negotiations with the Israelis—a real Palestinian state. As long as the international community continues to accommodate this diversionary tactic by the Palestinians—i.e., trying to achieve their aim by any means except negotiations with the Israelis, then the stalemate will continue. Do not be fooled by the International Criminal Court’s probe into alleged War Crimes by Israel in the Disputed Territories. This is not justice; it is Palestinian politics.

Written 16 February 2021 by:
Pastor Nigel Woodley Ph.D. Senior Pastor Chief Advocate

Calvary Chapel Old Bridge to Host Answers in Genesis Creation Conference

Dr. Terry Mortenson to Speak at Two-Day Conference 

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Old Bridge, NJ: Calvary Chapel Old Bridge, a non-denominational Christian church will be hosting a Creation Conference with Dr. Terry Mortenson of Answers in Genesis on February 20-22. The conference will take place during regular weekend church services as well as special evening sessions and will explore biblical answers to the problems America is facing today.

Dr. Mortenson holds a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Philosophy in the history of geology and has lectured in 35 countries. He has served for 26 years with Campus Crusade for Christ in the United States and Eastern Europe and now serves as an author, speaker and researcher with Answers in Genesis.

Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry dedicated to equipping Christians to defend their faith and proclaim the gospel effectively. The organization focuses on providing answers to questions about the Bible, particularly in the book of Genesis regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth.

Among the lectures Dr. Mortenson will be teaching are, “Creation, Evolution and Our Cultural Moment,” “Origin of Species: was Darwin right?,” “Ape-men, Adam & the Gospel,” “Millions of Years: The Idea’s Unscientific Origin and Catastrophic Consequences,” “Noah’s Flood: Washing Away Millions of Years.”

In his lectures Dr. Terry Mortenson will be discussing foundational causes for the moral crisis America is facing. With no absolute morals, how do we address pornography, abortion, suicide, gender issues and homosexual “marriage”?  Why is America becoming less and less Christian, even anti-Christian, everyday, although we are the country with the greatest number of Christian resources?  Dr. Mortenson will show over the course of the conference that the more the church has ignored or rejected Genesis, the more we have seen the church and the culture of the once-Christian west reject other doctrines as well.

The Answers in Genesis Creation Conference is a free event. All are welcome. For service times and lecture schedule visit

Debbie Biskey
Communications and Events Manager
Calvary Chapel Old Bridge