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I wish to thank you for the great work you are doing to inform the world at large and especially the Christians on how the work of God is being carried out all over the world (Medical mission to Zambia treats 17,000 – October, 2005).
As a Nurse, I was particularly touched by the report on the workcarried out in Zambia by the group of health professionals and mostespecially on the number of souls that were won for Christ on thatgreat event. I only wish I could have the necessary information toenroll myself as part of this great team and work.
More grease to their elbows and may the Lord reward them for this.
Afuh Christian Keyaka
Bamenda, Cameroon, West Africa
McDonald praise continues

Thanks for writing about Walt McDonald (Inside Story, October 2005.) Ihave known Walt and Carol since I was a freshman at Texas Tech in 1953.In fact, He sang at our wedding. Walt is a dear friend, an exemplaryChristian, and a great father, grandfather, husband, teacher and poetand not necessarily in that order. I could list additional accolades,but you might get tired of reading them.
Walt writes with an insight that is remarkable. It is unfortunate mostpeople shy away from books of poetry. Walt’s are worthwhile reading.
Jim Thomas
Flower Mound, Texas
Church experiences the grace of giving

The A&M Church of Christ, College Station, Texas opened its doorsto evacuees due to Rita from South Texas and Western Louisiana theweekend of September 23-25. About 500 people entered our facility on byFriday noon and stayed through Sunday. They slept in all availablerooms in our facility, showered behind the baptistery (we have twoshowers) and dined in our gymnasium.
Our congregation provided all of the food and food preparation,security, bedding and first aid supplies. The congregation waswonderful.
The GREAT part of the story is about the evacuees themselves. We had noidea what manner of persons were among the 500. As the weekendprogressed we found out they were spiritual, patient, friendly, kind,compassionate and helpful. We met with them in the evenings in ourauditorium and sang and prayed together in Spanish and English. Westood in a circle the night before they left and sand “We love you withthe love of the Lord” to one another. We passed bibles to some and hadmany good conversations with the majority of them. After the first daythe evacuees found cleaning supplies and began to clean our entirebuilding from top to bottom. They cleaned up after meals, mopped floorsand put together a schedule for bathroom and shower clean-up. They evenwashed windows and dusted book shelves. These people responded to thegrace shown with grace of their own. The were very compliant in everyway and when they left they took up a contribution for the churchmaking it clear they were not trying to pay for anything but givingpraise to God. They left notes on marker boards in the classrooms wherethey slept. There were tears, prayers and hugs when they left.
That weekend was a wonderful time of sharing God’s grace. I thought others would be encouraged by the report.
Foree Grove
College Station, Texas
Concern for Christian education

I have to commend Dr. Bailey McBride for a well written editorial inthe October 2005 issue regarding the heart of Christian universities.Those overseeing our Christian universities need to take special noteof the historical examples mentioned in this article, as well as olderexamples that could be cited from European history. And those of us whoconsider ourselves just plain old “average church members” need tounderstand how these institutions affected the religious bodies(churches) that were affiliated with the universities, both in doctrineand in daily life. My wife Kelly and I are both graduates of aChristian university; however we have great concerns about what type ofexperience our young daughters (7 and 3) will have if they choose toget their education at a Christian university.
Ryan Berges
Edmond, Okla.

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