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Bush at Prayer Breakfast

President Bush emphasized the power of prayer at the 55th Annual National Prayer Breakfast.

"It's fitting that we gather in prayer because we recognize a prayerful nation is a stronger nation," Bush said. "In prayer, we also grow in boldness and courage. The more time we spend with God, the more we see that He is not a distant King, but a loving Father."

The President also said that we all need to realize that everyone is equal in God's eyes.

Congo Quakes

Along the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, people are picking up after last week's two strong earthquakes.

Hundreds were injured and more than 42 were killed, including several that died when the roof of their church collapsed on them.

Many other churches were damaged by the quakes.

Several Christian organizations are bringing relief to the victims in the region.

Terrorism Countered in Colombia

In Bogota Colombia, young people rallied to protest against terrorism.

One terrorist organization, known as FARC, is holding several hostages in Colombia.

In the 1990s, the group killed two Christian missionaries.

Church leaders and Christian government officials were among the thousands of citizens who joined in the march.

ADME, an organization that includes several churches from Bogota and other areas, proclaimed that the one hope for peace in Colombia is Jesus Christ.

"this is an opportunity where the Christian church, through its pastors, ministers and members, are united to say 'No.' to terrorism," said ADME's president, Pastor Oswaldo Pinzon.

They said that as God's people, it is their duty - not just to stand against terrorism - but to help unify their country.

Fighting the Coup in Chad

In N'Djamena, Chad, government forces are trying to fight off a coup attempt by rebels.

Thousands of people are fleeing the country and officials fear many could die in the fighting.

Chad is blaming the coup attempt on neighboring Sudan.

The fresh violence threatens peacekeeping operations along the border of the Darfur region.

Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council is giving a green light to France and other countries to help fight the rebels.

The council is appealing to all countries to help the African nation end the rebels' attempts to overthrow the government.

Watch for a report from World Vision's country director for Chad, Levourne Passiri.

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