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City Fest deemed a big success

August 27, 2008 --

PORTLAND, Oregon, Aug 24 /Christian Newswire/ — Global evangelist Luis Palau has brought the Good News to more than 8 million people since his festival format of outreach made its debut 9 years ago in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. This past weekend, more than 185,000 attendees came to Portland’s landmark Waterfront Park for a long-awaited encore of Palau’s free, two-day CityFest.

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Medical Teams International sends medicines to Georgia

August 26, 2008 --

As tens of thousands flee the violence, need for medicines and care escalates
(PORTLAND, ORE.—Aug. 18, 2008)  Medical Teams International is preparing more than $100,000 in medical supplies to airship to families caught in the conflict between Russia and the former soviet republic of Georgia. The antibiotics, pain relievers and emergency supplies will be airlifted in partnership with Project Hope and the US State Department to help displaced Georgian families.  Medical Teams International is also talking with other aid partners in the country to determine security conditions for sending volunteers.

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Oregon author to give DNC convention benediction

August 25, 2008 --

Tonight, local Oregon author, Don Miller will be giving the closing benediction prayer at tonight’s Democratic Convention in Denver following the Michelle Obama speech.   Some of Miller’s books include; Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance, Searching For God Knows What, To Own A Dragon, and his most famous work Blue Like Jazz which turned into a New York Bestseller.  Miller doesn’t consider himself political but has been encouraged by Barack Obama.

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City Fest: Preparation and performance

August 22, 2008 --

In preparation of this weekend’s much anticipated City Fest, Oregon Faith Report asked the Luis Palau Association a few questions.

Q: Once City Fest has concluded what goals do you hope your event will help accomplish?
A: For the first time, the Season of Service component of a Luis Palau festival was at the center of our festival efforts. In partnership with cities, businesses, agencies and churches, the Season of Service model had an initial goal of 15,000 volunteers who would commit and serve in projects involving hunger and homelessness, the environment, the medically uninsured, the schools and the environment. By festival weekend, well over 25,000 volunteers will have served, laying the groundwork for a long-termed, sustained program of service and outreach from the church to the community. We can look to the future and Season of Service 2009 with optimism and joy.

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Ukranian choir makes special Oregon visit

August 21, 2008 --

The Music Mission Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be performing classical masterpieces at Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 SW Borland Rd, Tualatin, on September 16 at 7:00 p.m.  This is the only Oregon stop for these160 professional musicians from Kiev, Ukraine.  Tickets are on sale now for $10 for students, and $12 for adults at Hearthstone at Murrayhill, 503.520.0911. More information is available at

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Project Walk Across Oregon: Change Child Abuse Laws

August 20, 2008 --

Month-long Walk Event to Raise Awareness and Funds for Wintre’s Wishes Foundation and Goals to Eliminate Child Sexual Abuse in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore.–Join or support Project Walk Across Oregon, beginning Monday, September 1 in Ashland and ending Sunday, September 28 in Portland. Project Walk Across Oregon is raising awareness and support to eliminate Oregon’s statute of limitations on child sexual abuse. A detailed itinerary schedule is listed on Wintre’s Wishes Foundation website, click here (

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Rain moves City Fest Press Conference

August 19, 2008 --

We know that the much heralded Portland City Fest has arrived to the level of the Portland Rose Parade because it now has to deal with rain.  Today, the threat of rain moved the City Fest advanced press conference from Waterfront Park to the more weather safe Portland Hilton Hotel.   New Portland Mayor elect Sam Adams and Commissioner elect Nick Fish are expected to be in attendance.

The weather forecasted for this weekend of City Fest shows promise of sun with highs in the 70s and 80s.  We must always remember that it rains on the just and unjust (and just about everyone in Oregon).

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Real. Life. Exhibit Raises Awareness, Inspires Change

August 18, 2008 --

From Medical Teams International,

Exhibit Open House on August 24 Invites Visitors to Find Out How They Can Help
(PORTLAND, ORE.—August 14, 2008)   Dwindling resources are a common theme of today’s global society.  Lack of food, clean water and health care continues to plague billions.  But how can one person make a difference in these difficult circumstances and challenging times?

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Multnomah University aims to be seen with new advertising

August 14, 2008 --

Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary is refusing to be a quiet university.  This summer they launched an aggressive ad campaign promoting Multnomah University on Tri-met buses with the flashy full-size ads.

The University is encouraging their supporters who see the buses to snap a photo and send them in here.

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Church security conference kicks off in Portland

August 13, 2008 --

Church Security Solutions Launches Conference Series in Response to Increased Church Violence

SALEM, Or., July 29 /Christian Newswire/ — Today more than ever the church is experiencing security threats that go beyond sexual predators, bookkeepers embezzling funds or car break-ins in the parking lot.  This new dimension in security threats is exemplified by Sunday’s church shooting in Tennessee where two adults were killed and eight additional adults shot in the presence of their children. The Colorado church shootings in December of last year shocked the nation and again the church reeled when a domestic dispute found its way into a church picnic in Los Angeles, leading to an innocent person being shot.  Our prayers and thoughts go out to these victims and their families. 

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