Partners, April 2009
Jordan Morgan, Kellen Morgan and Jacob Martin work to build a cement block house for a family in Catacamas, Honduras. Thirty-two people from Harding University spent their spring break serving others and sharing the gospel in Catacamas. Harding and other Christian universities sent students on spring break mission trips across the nation and around the globe.
Taylor knows how to steal
VIENNA, W.Va. — In her first year as a Fighting Scot, Ohio Valley University’s Brittany Taylor averaged 12.4 points and 3.5 assists per game.
But what really impressed officials in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was Taylor’s 4.5 steals per game. That stat placed the freshman guard atop her NCAA Division II conference and ranked her among the nation’s top five stealers.
The WVIAC honored Taylor’s accomplishments recently, naming her Freshman of the Year in women’s basketball.
“She has been a great asset to the program from the time she arrived on campus — both on and off the court,” head women’s basketball coach Alan Carroll said. “She is one of the most focused, disciplined, well-presented, team oriented and competitive players I have ever coached.”
Taylor will play her remaining years at Ohio Valley under a different coach. Carroll recently announced he would step down. The university is searching for a new coach, interim athletic director Larry Lyons said.
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A campus ministry of the Rugby Avenue church is working to become a new student organization on the University of Virginia and the Piedmont Virginia Community College campuses.
“As of now, we have a Sunday morning and Wednesday night Bible study and weekly devotionals,” campus minister Joshua Grim said.
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
CHOLUTECA, Honduras — After six intense days of labor, 27 members of the Berry’s Chapel church in Franklin, Tenn., completed the fourth building at the Mission Lazarus Refuge, a children’s home. “The leadership provided by Mac Hughes was phenomenal,” said Jarrod Brown, Mission Lazarus’ president.
Mission Lazarus “focuses on basic primary education, skill development, health education and treatment, agricultural development and preaching and teaching the word of God,” according to the ministry’s Web site. For more information, see www.missionlazarus.org.
SEARCY, Ark. — A former Harding student asked a federal judge to dismiss his civil rights lawsuit against the university.
In the lawsuit, Patrick Thompson of Little Rock alleged that Harding racially discriminated against him when administrators suspended him for violations of the university’s code of conduct.
Harding officials said they were pleased with Thompson’s recent decision to drop the lawsuit.
“From the very beginning, administrators have affirmed Mr. Thompson was treated fairly and consistently within the framework of Harding’s established policies,” university spokesman David Crouch said.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” provided the Brady Jordan family of Montgomery with a new, two-story, gray-and-white, 3,200-plus-square-foot home.
But that’s not all the family received.
The community bestowed a bevy of gifts on the family, including a scholarship to Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law.
Law school dean Charles Nelson said the “Monica Jordan Public Interest Scholarship” was established to honor the Jordans’ dedication to community service and inspire members of the bench and bar to give back to their communities.
OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma House Resolution 1002 will be introduced this spring by Ken Miller, a state legislator and Oklahoma Christian professor.
The resolution seeks to recognize “The Oklahoma Run,” a song written by Oklahoma Christian professor emeritus Harold Fletcher, as the Oklahoma State Land Run Song.
Prior to the reading of the resolution, the university’s Chorale will perform on the House floor.
YORK, Neb. — Twelve members of York’s Sigma Tau and Theta Psi service clubs worked over spring break with the inner-city mission Dry Bones in Denver.
Twenty-five students from the service clubs of Delta Chi Alpha, Kyodai, Alpha Chi Epsilon and Beta Beta Sigma helped remove debris and rebuild after hurricanes in High Island, Texas. York was just one of many
Christian colleges whose students dedicated their spring breaks to serving others.
K-12 CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
GEORGE KIADII CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
PAYNESVILLE, Liberia — Church members in this West African nation, recovering from nearly 14 years of civil war, launched this small Christian school two years ago to give free education to impoverished children, said Alfred Beyan, minister for the G.S.A. Road church. The school has an enrollment of 110 students in first through seventh grades and meets in a building covered by a leaky tarpaulin, Beyan said. The church seeks funds for improvements.