Christian Cruises Offer Options For Your Vacation

Many Christian pilgrimage sites can be reached by cruise, making it an ideal option for travelers who would like to visit several different sites on one trip. While excursions to the Vatican and sites throughout the Holy Land can be arranged independently without much fuss, there are also agencies dedicated to organizing pilgrimage theme cruises for Christians complete with group shore excursions. It’s even possible to find sailings with offerings to smaller, obscure pilgrimage sites, such as St. John’s monastery in Patmos, Greece. There are also river cruises that take passengers throughout the European villages where the likes of Martin Luther and John Calvin launched the Protestant Reformation. These theme cruises are differentiated from standard sailings by the addition of enrichment programming and shore excursions dedicated to the teaching and exploration of Christian themes, which may include the history of Christianity, the works of significant Christian figures, important biblical sites and more. Visit or

Christian ‘American Idol’ Contestants Hope To Bring Glory To God On Stage

It’s hard to be a Christian in Hollywood, especially since people of faith often get mocked for their beliefs. But several American Idol hopefuls have not been afraid to showcase their faith on stage this season.

One such contestant is 17-year-old Garrett Jacobs, who credits his grandmother’s prayers for helping him get through the singing competition. Jacobs’ grandmother told him he has “a God-given talent.” And when he sang This is a Man’s World during auditions, the judges were compelled to agree. When he got through, the first person he called was his grandmother. “Praise God I knew you would do it!” she said.

Another 17-year-old, Thaddeus Johnson tried out in the competition back in 2010. He almost made it to the live rounds before he was cut. The rejection dealt him a heavy blow, and he got so depressed that at one point, he even considered committing suicide.

The next contestant, Kenedee Rittenhouse, is already being dubbed as ‘the next Carrie Underwood.’ But they have something in common apart from their country roots and singing talent – and that’s their faith in God. Underwood paid a surprise visit to Rittenhouse’s school back in 2009, and the Jesus Take the Wheel singer invited her to perform on stage. If she does make it big in Hollywood, Rittenhouse has made a commitment to stay true to her faith. For more information, visit

Former Football Player Danny Wuerffel Speaks At 48th Annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast

On Friday, April 13, beginning at 6:30 a.m., the Annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast is being held at the Florida State Fairgrounds. This year’s keynote speaker is Danny Wuerffel.

Wuerffel is executive director of Desire Street Ministries and a former American college and professional football athlete who played quarterback for the University of Florida and the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins. After his football career, Wuerffel joined Desire Street and became executive director in 2006. Hosted by CBMC (Christian Business Men’s Connection), this co-ed event has blessed the lives of local leaders and business people for 47 years. For registration and ticket information visit

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.