Haiti earthquake, Atlanta blessings top news of 2010
A panel of ministers, church leaders and Chronicle editors picked the top 10 stories:
1. Church members and Christian university students rallied to help after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the poor Caribbean nation of Haiti and killed more than 230,000 people, including hundreds of members of Churches of Christ. Read some of the coverage here, here, here and here.
2. At the North Atlanta Church of Christ, a donor who asked to remain anonymous gave $1.5 million. The money was divided among everyone present one Sunday and spent on good works in the Lord’s name. Read the story.
3. An increasing number of colleges and universities associated with Churches of Christ draw more freshmen from outside the fellowship than within, a study found. Read the coverage here and here.
4. Facing their worst natural disaster in recent memory, Tennessee church members found signs of hope and embraced opportunities to meet flooding victims’ physical and spiritual needs. Read the story and a related editorial.
5. Church of Christ members in Africa shared the sentiments of a Pew Research Center study that found common ground among some African Christians and Muslims. But church members also identified with tensions between the continent’s predominant faiths revealed by the study. Read the story.
6. More than 2,000 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection, a small congregation in Nazareth became the first Church of Christ in the Middle East to appoint elders. Read the story.
7. Some K-12 schools associated with Churches of Christ felt the pain of tough economic times and were forced to close. Read the story.
8. Churches of Christ in Chile delivered aid to victims after an earthquake left more than 800,000 people homeless. Read the story.
9. In a changing world, missions and money intertwined in a debate over whether Christians in the United States should support African preachers. Read the story.
10. Enrollment hit record and near-record levels at some colleges and universities associated with Churches of Christ. Read the story.
FeedbackStory No.2 encouraged us to help a sister that was caught in Peru S.America for drug smuggling and went to jail for 4 yrs.
She had no one to turn to and the church here in Eastridge, Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town, S.Africa helped her with airfare to get back home otherwise she would have been stranded in a “hell hole”.
The saints gave out of their poverty and sacrificed to get this sister back to her family. She is now serving the Lord again faithfully – Praise God.
Mervyn Pasqualle (evangelist)Mervyn PasqualleEastridge COC. M/Plain.C.Town.Cape Town, Cape Town
South AfricaDecember, 17 2010