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Across the nation: Florida basketball league tells players about Jesus

Akeem Ducksworth puts his hand in with the team as he coaches players during the WIN (Working to Improve Neighborhoods) basketball league at the Northside church in Jacksonville, Fla. A message on the backboards declares: “Jesus is the answer. “ The program aims to “get the kids off the street,” said Monique Weeks with Northside Community Involvement. The church and community groups support the four-night-a-week league.
CORTEZ — Days after celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Cortez churchbecame a victim of vandalism and was forced to deal with a floodedbuilding. In early August, vandals broke a window in the church’s frontdoor, pushed a hose through it and left it running throughout the night.
“We’re still drying out,” minister Jeff Foster said. “It is amazing how much water can come out of one little water hose.”
OVERLAND PARK — The Overland Park church marked the 30th anniversary ofits deaf ministry with a special celebration Aug. 4-5. The eventincluded a picnic and guest speaker Mark Lowenstein, deaf minister atthe Fairfax, Va., church.
WEST PALM BEACH — “ET for Youth” drew 86 participants to the Palm BeachLakes church Aug. 3-4. The evangelism training event focused onpreparing young people to evangelize the world as they head back toschool, said Josh Blackmer, youth director at Palm Beach Lakes.
Youth groups spent time developing action plans. “Some of these plansincluded monthly door knocking, ‘bring a friend’ hangouts and YouTubevideo evangelism,” Blackmer said.
WESTMINSTER — Curtis Wasmer, an elder at the Westminster church, hiswife, Jean, and their twin daughters, Kristen and Allie, lost theirhome in a fire two weeks before the start of Vacation Bible School.
But the Wasmers, who take the lead on the congregation’s VBS each year,“didn’t miss a beat,” minister Gary Pearson said. Even while livingwith relatives and waiting to move into a rental house, “they proceededto lead another amazing VBS.”
LAKE ORION — More than 70 members of the 180-member Lake Orion churchhelped serve the community Aug. 5-11 as part of “Mission Possible:2007.”
“We have about 40 percent of our congregation using their vacation daysat some time during the week,” said Eric Magnusson, minister ofcongregational spiritual formation. “Many have taken the full week offto live at our building in tents or campers and work in our community.
“It’s a small way we are trying to embody the gospel and live under the lordship of Christ here in Lake Orion.”
RUIDOSO — The Disaster Response Team, organized by Arthur Hoopes, amember of the Gateway church, helped after a plane carrying a woman andher sick daughter to an Albuquerque hospital crashed Aug. 5, killingall five people aboard. The team of volunteers set up tent shelters andsupplied meals, water bottles, coffee and doughnuts to investigationteams, Hoopes said.
COLUMBUS — The Fishinger and Kenny Roads church is sponsoring a new,30-minute radio program on a local AM station. The Sunday morningprogram debuted Aug. 5 on WRFD-880. It features lessons by pulpitevangelist Greg Tidwell or campus evangelist Jeff Darby, along withvocal music and announcements.
CLARSKVILLE — The new Clarksville Christian School opened Aug. 9 with 56 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
“It was a day full of joy and thanksgiving as the dreams of Christianeducation in Clarksville became a reality,” said Michelle Roberts, avolunteer whose husband, Russell, is school president.
KELLER — The Heritage church gave $1,600 recently to help with aproject to deliver Bibles with a Sunday edition of the Fort WorthStar-Telegram later this year.
The International Bible Society-Send the Light is planning on spendinghundreds of thousands of dollars to distribute Bibles with 11 majornewspapers across the nation during 2007 and 2008.
“We are praying for it to be a great success,” Heritage minister Jim Hackney said.

Filed under: National Staff Reports

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