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Churches Lend Hand to Midwest Flood Victims

Heavy rains drenched the mid-west, causing massive flooding in several states.

Swollen rivers topped their levees, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

The storms and floodwaters wrecked towns and killed at least 24 people and injured more than 148.

Federal agencies are giving out water, meals and more than 10 million sandbags.

Operation Blessing is in the area and Iowa resident Bob Boots told CBN News that other church groups are also helping.

"We appreciate the prayers of those Christians throughout the world. The body of Christ is just wonderful," he said.

Congress has requested $1.8 billion in aid for the flood victims.

The American Red Cross says the catastrophe emptied its disaster relief fund.

Zimbabwe Church Leaders Call for Prayer

Christians in Zimbabwe are asking leaders around the world to pray for the country's upcoming runoff election on June 27.

"We also need to pray for the churches in Zimbabwe to be bold.  For the church leadership to be able to speak out and stand for the truth," said Useni Sibana of the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance.  "We need to believe God for trasnformation."

Zimabwe has been rocked by violence, sky high inflation and politcal turmoil in recent months.

New Musical Depicts the Life of Mary

A new musical on the life of the Virgin Mary had its world premiere at the Vatican this week.

"Mary of Nazareth - A Continuing Story" has been officially endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church.

The story chronicles the life of Mary as she grows from a young girl, to the birth of Jesus and his death and resurrection.

The show's producers are hoping to take the musical on an international tour with stops in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

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