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Partners, April 2018

FEATURE PHOTO (above): “A month after 17 students died at a Parkland, Fla., high school, thousands of young people nationwide walked out of school March 14 to protest gun violence. But at Clarksville Christian School, a Tennessee school associated with Churches of Christ, students staged a “walk-in.” They spent 17 minutes in prayer — one minute for each victim. “We prayed for those who are hurting, scared, being bullied and feel like they are alone,” admissions director Michelle Roberts said. “We prayed for peace, comfort and the willingness to help those who are in need.”

Higher Education


HENDERSON, Tenn. — “Deaf people want to talk about Jesus,” Frank Rushing said at Freed-Hardeman’s recent Bible Lectureship. “But,” he said, “no one comes to talk to them.”

Rushing, minister to the deaf at Nashville’s Central Church of Christ for almost 40 years, recounted his experiences as a deaf person.

Frank Rushing uses sign language as he addresses attendees at Freed-Hardeman University's recent Bible Lectureship.

Frank Rushing uses sign language as he addresses attendees at Freed-Hardeman University’s recent Bible Lectureship.

Rushing has traveled extensively in his attempt to take the Gospel to the deaf. He has spoken at many conferences and workshops in the United States and participated in international mission efforts in Europe, Africa, Haiti and Australia. For many years, he has also directed a Christian camp for the deaf.

His travels also took him to the Bible lands. He said he wanted to see the place where Jesus healed the deaf man as recounted in the Gospel of Mark.

“I would love to have been in that situation,” he said, “but God had other plans for me.”


SEARCY, Ark. — Students partnered with Make-A-Wish Mid-South to raise more than $8,000 and grant a wish for Alissa Carter, an 11-year-old Searcy girl diagnosed with a critical illness.

Alissa Carter, left, and volleyball player Taylor Lake at the Make-A-Wish reveal celebration at Harding University.

Alissa Carter, left, and volleyball player Taylor Lake at the Make-A-Wish reveal celebration at Harding University.

The reveal celebration was held Feb. 25 in the Rhodes-Reaves Field House on the Harding campus. Hundreds of athletes, students and faculty and staff members gathered to support the family.

Alissa’s family brought her to campus that Sunday, where she expected to receive an award for a Bison coloring contest.

“Little did she know that it was actually a reveal party and that her wish had been granted,” said Robert Carter, Alissa’s father. “My daughter was happier than I’ve ever seen her. I would love to do it all again.”

Alissa’s wish was to have her own fairy-themed treehouse. Natural State Treehouses in Fayetteville constructed the treehouse and installed it at Alissa’s home.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lipscomb’s new  Bison Inn aims to offer guests “VIP” treatment while making them feel at home, manager Bodhi Dark said.

“We are comfortable with mixing hospitality and discipleship,” Dark said of the nine-room inn, which recently opened on campus.

For more information, call (615) 966-7031 or email [email protected].


OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Christian recently announced a new course materials and campus store partnership with Tree of Life Bookstores.

The partnership promises more affordable course material solutions while expanding the selection of branded apparel and merchandise inside the remodeled campus store coming this summer, university officials said.

Through a free service, all students will receive all course materials delivered to their campus residences before classes begin.

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