Partners, Aug 2012
Campers ‘Ignite’ at York’s Soul Quest
In York, Neb. , the weeklong Soul Quest camp for middle and high school students at York College features high-energy worship times, challenging Bible classes and fun and activities, organizers said. The theme was “Ignite,” based on Jeremiah 20:9.
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
CITY OF CHILDREN
ENSENADA, Mexico — The children’s home dedicated its new Learning Center and Creative ArtsCenter, designed to give children “an ideal after-school study environment.”
The facilities include a computerlab, space for private tutors, an art studio, a dance studio and a music room.Children who live at the City of Children will use the center forextracurricular activities.
“Private instructors andprofessionals from around Ensenada as well as visiting Americans will come andteach those children hungry to discover their talents and gifts,” the home’snewsletter said.
ORPHAN’S LIFELINE INTERNATIONAL
KISUMU, Kenya — A children’s home in this East African nationspecializes in helping the deaf and hearing-impaired.
It’s producing scholars andatheletes.
Children from the home, supported by Kalispell,Mont.-based Orphans Lifeline International, recently competed in a regionaltrack event in Kisumu. Four children qualified for nationals in Nairobi.Churches of Christ support Orphans Lifeline International, online atwww.orphanslifeline.org.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Twenty-five boys attended Faulkner’s first Vanguard Preaching Camp thissummer. They learned skills ranging from impromptu speaking to the mechanics ofbaptizing.
“At every session, seeds wereplanted to generate a desire to work in God’s kingdom,” said G. Scott Gleaves,Bible college associate dean. The university hopes to offer the camp again nextsummer and increase the number of participants.
HARDING SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — RichardOster’s recent 65th birthday drew quite a crowd — for a scholarly discussion on“Ephesus As a Religious Center under thePrincipate.”
More than 200 people gathered inhonor of Oster, who has taught New Testament at Harding School of Theologysince 1978. He has focused much of his academic energies and publishing onmaterials related to Ephesus.
Speakers included archaeologistsand New Testament scholars from Austria, New Zealand and various parts of theUnited States. They presented papers ranging from recent archaeologicaldiscoveries in Ephesus to cultural features connected with Ephesus thatilluminate elements of early Christianity.
LUBBOCK, Texas — Jeff Smith, student minister for theSunset Church of Christ in Lubbock, has launched a ministry “to make itpossible for any Church of Christ teen — 16 years or older — to take a missiontrip.”
The ministry, DiscipleTrips, seeks to connect teens withdomestic and international mission opportunities. Christian students apply forthe program — with the approval of their parents and recommendation of theirchurch’s leadership — and complete an online training program before leaving ona mission trip. The Sunset church oversees the work. This year the ministrycoordinated two mission trips to Honduras. For more information, seediscipletrips.com
EAST TENNESSEE SCHOOL OF PREACHING
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — David Lipe, a former Bible andphilosophy professor at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., has beennamed director of East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions.
In 45 years of preaching, Lipe has worked with Churchesof Christ in Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama. He has conducted more than 400gospel meetings.
In his last nine years at Freed-Hardeman, he preachedfor the Bethel Springs Church of Christ.
Most recently, heworked with the Sycamore Church of Christ in Cookeville, Tenn.
VILLAGE OF HOPE
FETTEH, Ghana — Medical personnel at Hope CommunityClinic, a ministry of the Village of Hope, performed two hernia repairsrecently — the first surgeries to be performed entirely at the clinic.
“Both patients are doing very well,” coordinator ArabaM.A. Hammond reported. “We are hopeful that we will be able to acquire moreequipment in order to provide much-needed services in Fetteh and its environs.”