PODCAST: Gospel Singer Micah Stampley Mourns Death of 15-Year-Old Daughter (BCNN1 10.26.19)

According to Billboard, Gospel singer Micah Stampley is mourning the death of his 15-year-old daughter, Mary Stampley. “It is with a heavy heart that the Stampley family would like to announce the passing of their 15 year old daughter, Mary Stampley. Please keep their family in your prayers and respect their privacy as they deal with this traumatic event,” read a statement from the singer’s publicist on Tuesday (Oct. 22); spokesperson David Robinson confirmed the news. No further information about the cause of death was available at press time, though Robinson also confirmed details in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article that reported that Mary Stampley died after suffering a seizure. Stampley is a multiple Dove and Stellar Award nominee whose most recent album, To The King: Vertical Worship, was released in 2016 and debuted at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Top Gospel Albums chart.

According to The Christian Post, A second Bible translator has been killed by suspected Fulani extremists in the civil war-ridden Anglophone region in southern Cameroon this week, a ministry source has confirmed. Bible translator Benjamin Tem was murdered in his home in the Wum region Sunday night, reports Efi Tembon, a Cameroonian activist who heads a ministry called Oasis Network for Community Transformation. According to Tembon, who met the victim while working on a translation project in 2013, Tem served as a Scripture engagement facilitator for the Aghem Bible Translation Project, which completed a New Testament translation in the Aghem language in 2016. Tem, 48, was also a promoter of Bible listening groups in the Wum area. He was buried on Monday and leaves behind five children. No one has claimed responsibility Tem’s murder. However, Tembon told The Christian Post that locals have blamed Fulani radicals, saying they have been encouraged by government actors to carry out attacks against separatist-supporting farming communities in southern Cameroon. Tem’s death comes two months after fellow translator Angus Fung, who also served in the Aghem Bible Translation Project in Wum, was killed in a similar fashion in his home.

According to AL.com, Police are searching for an Auburn-area college student believed to have been missing since late Wednesday night. Aniah Haley Blanchard, a 19-year-old from Homewood, was reported missing to Auburn police on Thursday morning. She last communicated with a friend just before midnight Wednesday. An investigation into determining her whereabouts is underway. At this point, there is no evidence of foul play; however, the investigation will continue until her whereabouts are determined, police said. Blanchard is described as a light-complexioned black female, 5-feet, 6-inches tall and weighing 125 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair and was last seen wearing a black dress and tan duck boots with black stockings. Her stepfather is UFC Heavyweight fighter Walt Harris.

According to The Associated Press, A fourth person was arrested in connection with the deaths of 39 people found in the back of a container truck in southeastern England, British police said Friday as the investigation into one of the country’s worst human smuggling cases geared up. Police said a 48-year-old man from Northern Ireland was arrested Friday at England’s Stansted Airport on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people. The arrest came after police arrested a man and a woman, both 38 and from northwestern England, earlier Friday on the same charges. The 25-year-old driver of the truck remains in custody on suspicion of murder. Essex Police said 31 men and eight women were found dead in the truck early Wednesday at an industrial park in Grays, a town 25 miles east of London. Although U.K. police said they believed the dead were Chinese citizens, they acknowledged Friday this was a “developing picture.” China said it could not yet confirm the victims’ nationalities or identities.

According to The Associated Press, A string of church vandalisms in a predominantly African American Louisiana community has prompted local police to seek federal authorities’ help with investigating the possible hate crimes. Five churches in Crowley have each had a glass door or window broken by a heavy object at night in the past four months, news outlets reported. Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard said he considers the actions to be hate crimes because churches are being targeted and all are in a predominantly African American community. Three of the churches are historically black. Broussard said he cannot confirm whether the vandalism is racially motivated, but he said the department is taking the incidents seriously especially in the wake of recent arson attacks against several historically black churches in St. Landry Parish, about 35 miles northeast of Crowley. A white man charged in connection with those burnings has pleaded not guilty.

According to The Christian Post, United Church of Christ churches in Chicago have joined together to eliminate over $5.3 million in medical debt impacting nearly 6,000 Illinois families. Meanwhile, the UCC national church body has dedicated this year’s Giving Tuesday to the cause of erasing medical debt nationwide. Local church leaders affiliated with the 5,000-church mainline Protestant denomination announced Sunday that they had raised over $38,000 that was used to purchase medical debt plaguing 5,888 families. As medical debt is the most common cause of bankruptcy in the United States, the New York-based nonprofit RIP Medical Debt works with organizations and donors to purchase unpaid debt from medical institutions incurred by struggling families for just pennies on the dollar. Speaking at a news conference Sunday afternoon at Trinity United Church of Christ on 95th Street, the church’s pastor, Ottis Moss, told churchgoers that the nearly 6,000 families will receive an anonymous letter before Thanksgiving informing them that their debt has been forgiven. “RIP Medical Debt was able to work with us so that we were able to target certain zip codes to ensure that that poorest of the poor would benefit from this,” Moss explained. “I am happy to say that communities in Chicago that received the largest portion of debt relief [are] Englewood, Auburn Gresham, Washington Heights, Roslyn, and West Pullman. But people throughout Cook County will have their debt relieved,” Moss continued. “They will receive a very special card before Thanksgiving that is completely anonymous. They don’t know that this is coming. The card will simply say: ‘Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We want you to know that all your debts have been forgiven.’”

According to Billboard, With Kanye West’s ninth studio album, Jesus Is King, rapidly approaching, Kanye West already has his sights set on his next studio effort. During his Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe, West spilled the beans and revealed that his Sunday Service album Jesus Is Born will be dropping on Christmas. “Sunday Service album, Jesus is Born, on Christmas is coming,” he succinctly said to Lowe. Since the start of the year, West has provided a multitude of Sunday Service events, featuring his esteemed choir. The Chicago lyricist even brought his Gospel-laden attraction to Coachella for an Easter special last April. It’s unclear if West’s Sunday Service project will be a live album or a studio version of the tracks he’s recently performed.

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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