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Evangelist Draws Thousands Worldwide

It's happening in Lakeland, Fla.

Thousands of people are lining up twice a day to get in on the healing revival.

Ignited church pastor Stephen Strader says scores of sick people have reported being healed after attending the services preached by Canadian evangelist Todd Bentley.

The services have been going seven days a week since the revival broke out April 2.

Now it's spreading to other countries as services are streamed live on the internet and broadcast globally by God TV.

"It's historic in the sense that it's a media revival...we're in 214 nations a night...potential audience of 400 million," Bentley said. "We get hundreds of stories a day of people that are around the world getting healed watching the broadcast. It's contagious through media."

The revival has been extended indefinitely.

Christian Politician Wins Seat in London

A Christian political party made a strong statement in London City elections this week.

Last week, we told you about Alan Craig, a councilman in Newham, who is speaking out against the construction of Europe's largest mosque in the city.

Craig was also running for mayor of London against incumbent Ken Livingstome and conservative challenger, Boris Johnson.

Craig didn't make the run-off, but he did win numerous votes and a seat in the London Assembly.

Craig says his campaign has not only encouraged london Christians to be more politically active, but has helped spread the Christian message.

"Christianity in the UK has been sidelined, been marginalized progressively over the last 50 years or more," he said. "And we think it's time for Christians to stand up and speak up and say actually what we've got offer as Christians is appropriate for all people."

Food Crisis Forces Aid Group to Cut Back

The high cost of food could force relief agencies to cut assistance to hungry people.

The rising prices caused a shortfall of $755 million in the World Food Program.

Now, the Christian relief agency World Vision says it could be forced to cut its aid to more than 1.5 million people.

Haiti, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Somalia, southern Sudan and countries in West Sfrica are the hardest hit, as well as Iraqi refugees living in Jordan.

World Vision is calling on donor nations to make up the shortfall in the World Food Program.

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