NHCLC / CONEL NOW | March 16, 2017
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A Discussion on the Challenges Facing Hispanic Education Today

by Rev. Samuel Rodríguez via Univision

Last week, during President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress, he declared education to be "the civil rights issues of our time," echoing similar statements by past Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. I couldn't agree more.

Hispanics and other minorities comprise a growing proportion of the student population in America, and yet their test scores continue to lag dangerously behind white counterparts. As such, education equality is the frontline of the battle for America's future. That's why this week I want to highlight the incredible work of David Park of Learning Heroes,  to get his perspective on this critical issue. My hope is that his insights will give parents practical tools they can use to help ensure their child's success in the classroom.

More than 1,000 Pray for Fresno's Elected, Appointed Leaders in Annual Prayer Breakfast
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, serves as keynote speaker

by Craig Kohlruss, via The Fresno Bee

More than 1,000 people gathered at the Fresno Convention Center Tuesday for the annual Fresno-Clovis Prayer Breakfast.

They expressed thanks for the blessings the region has enjoyed and prayed for elected and appointed leaders, such as Mayors Lee Brand (Fresno) and Bob Whalen (Clovis), county Supervisor Brian Pacheco and county schools Superintendent Jim Yovino. Also invited were Sheriff Margaret Mims, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer and Matt Basgall, Clovis police chief.

Choose Greatness

Go to choosegreatness.com today and order the book Choose Greatness to learn more of your purpose.

I was speaking in Kiev, Ukraine. It was a clear, cold, beautiful November week. I had arrived early and was preparing to give a success seminar to 3,000 people in a local convention center in two days. 
The first day I toured downtown Kiev on foot and discovered that it is a city in love with walking. Thousands of people, most much younger than me, filled every street and boulevard. The temperatures were freezing but everyone was bright, cheerful and pleased to be outside. When someone realized that I was an American I was showered with happy affection.

Do 10

Do10 Life Campaign

With a population of 6 million people, Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Americas after Haiti. It has the largest youth bulge in Latin America with more than 2 million school-aged children.

Many parents have to withdraw their children from school because of a lack of jobs and financial difficulties. In the poorest families, only 6% compl ete secondary school. Parents find it hard to spend their low income on transportation, uniforms, school supplies and books when they have difficulty affording food.  17,000 street children in Nicaragua suffer constant hunger and neglect. Most have gone to the streets to escape domestic violence and extreme poverty only to find harsh manual labor, hunger and fear.

We're intensely focused on feeding and educating 10,000 children in Nicaragua by 2017 and 50,000 by 2020. 

Click here to learn how you can be a part.

Weekly Devotional

Buried Treasure
by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

The LORD said to Moses, "Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke." - Exodus 34:1

The Torah portion for this week is Ki Tisa, which means "when you raise up," from Exodus 30:11-34:35, and the Haftorah is from 1 Kings 18:20-39.

There is an old Hasidic tale about a poor God-fearing Jew who lived in the city of Prague. One night, the man had a dream that he traveled to Vienna and there, at the base of a bridge leading to the king's palace, he found a buried treasure. At first the man dismissed the dream as nonsense, but as the dream persisted, the man began to believe that perhaps its message was true.

Eventually, the man set out for Vienna and found the bridge that led to the king's palace. The problem was that the bridge was heavily guarded by armed men. The man paced back and forth near the bridge for days not knowing what to do. Finally, one of the guards demanded to know what he was up to. The poor man was frightened and told the guard all about his dream and his buried treasure.


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Disfrute un viaje cristiano a la Tierra Santa con
o únase a nosotros en un crucero por las rutas del apóstol Pablo. Nuestros cruceros bíblicos le ofrecen oportunidades únicas para experimentar y disfrutar del aprendizaje cristiano a la vez que viaja, y quedará sorprendido al descubrir, ¡cómo la Biblia toma vida frente a sus ojos!