Winsome Sears Thanks Jesus For Historic Win
Winsome Sears made history after becoming the first black woman ever to be elected the lieutenant governor-elect of Virginia. She celebrated her victory alongside Governor-elect Youngkin, telling those at the election night watch party that she is living “the American dream.” “God bless you,” she said at the end of her speech, thanking her staff for their tireless efforts. “We ran an impossible, improbable campaign. God was exactly with us, otherwise we would never have made it. And so I want to finish up by thanking you, Jesus. How sweet it is!” Read more about her victory here.
Virginia Mega-Pastor Arrested For Soliciting Sexual Relations From Minors
A Virginia megachurch pastor was one of 17 people arrested in a recent 2-day sting operation set up by local law enforcement to identify individuals soliciting sexual relations from minors. On the list was 51-year-old Virginia Beach pastor John Blanchard of Rock Church International in Virginia Beach. “The suspects arranged to meet them at a location to have sexual relations. When the suspects came to the location, they were met by police and arrested,” said the Chesterfield police department. Blanchard has been charged with “felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution.” Read more about the arrest here.
Mom Killed By Stray Bullet While Reading Bible To Daughter
The family of an Illinois woman who was shot and killed while reading the Bible to her daughter says they are clinging to their faith in Jesus, knowing they will see her again in heaven. The mother, Melanie Yates, only 23, was shot and killed in her home by what police say was a stray bullet fired from the street. She was reading the Bible to their 7-month-old daughter, Lydia, in their home when she was struck. She was taken to the hospital, where she died. Melanie’s mother, Lam Calderon, said that Melanie often read Scripture to her children. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Daniel and their two children. More than $140,000 has been raised. Read more about the tragedy here.