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Partners, April 2016

child and family services

Georgia Agape is relaunching its Christian professional counseling program. The program’s goal is to provide quality and affordable services “to help those being served in our foster care program, to help those in our supporting congregations and in our community at large,” Agape’s directors announced in a recent newsletter.

The program is a restart of one discontinued in 1993 as the nonprofit focused on child-placing activities, the directors said.

John McLain, a licensed marriage and family therapist from Moore, S.C., will serve as director of counseling. As a teenager, McLain was in foster care for three years through the Children’s Home of Lubbock in Texas. He and his wife, Roxanne, have served as foster parents for 13 years for medically fragile and therapeutic-level children.

TULSA, Okla. — Zombies for Christ? 

Students on the southeast campus of Tulsa Community College don ghoulish makeup and hoist Nerf rifles as they play HVZ (Humans vs. Zombies), a game organized by the Christians in Action ministry of Campus Ministry United.

“Currently, we have about 200 players running around on campus,” said game coordinator Josh Wilson. “It is a game of tag that starts out as a simulated zombie apocalypse. … The infection spreads as people interact with each other between classes.

“It’s a blast. Many have come to Christ as a result of meeting someone during this game or shortly after,” Wilson said. “The church pews fill, and Walmart — and every store that sells Nerf stuff — wins too.”

Students prepare for an evening of zombie hunting at Tulsa Community College. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — The Gospel Broadcasting Network, a work of the Southaven Church of Christ, celebrated its 10th anniversary of spreading the Gospel on airwaves.

The network, which includes original and syndicated programming produced by Christians, broadcasts on 23 cable systems, three broadcast stations and via satellite. Television systems in Africa, India and the United Kingdom also broadcast the network’s content. Learn more at www.gbntv.org.

SEARCY, Ark. — He waded into the water to fulfill a promise. 

On a chilly winter morning, Harding University President Bruce McLarty took a cold dip the fountain in front of the McInteer Bible and World Missions Center to support Special Olympics Arkansas

He promised to take the plunge if the university’s education service organization raised at least $500 for Special Olympics at its recent bake sale. The total: $606. 

Bruce McLarty discovers that the water in the fountain is colder than it looks. (HARDING UNIVERSITY)

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