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Partners, August 2010


CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

CHRIST’S HAVEN FOR CHILDREN

KELLER, Texas — Christ’s Haven is celebrating the completion of a $3.5 million children’s enrichment center, executive director Dwight Robarts said.
HIGHER EDUCATION

LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY        

LUBBOCK, Texas — The first family of South Plains baseball is becoming the first family of softball. Larry Hays, former longtime baseball coach at Texas Tech, has resigned as Lubbock Christian softball coach.
Daren Hays, Larry Hays’ son, will succeed his father as Lubbock Christian softball coach, the university announced.
Daren Hays returns to the Christian university’s athletic department after 10 seasons at Texas Tech, the last two as director of baseball operations.
OHIO VALLEY UNIVERSITY

VIENNA, W.Va. — Former members of the Northeastern Christian Junior College, Ohio Valley College and Ohio Valley University a cappella choirs gathered on campus recently.
The singers concluded OVU’s 50th anniversary year with the institution’s first-ever choral reunion and retreat.
“This was a wonderful weekend,” said Jerry Bryan, a 1962 graduate of Northeastern Christian Junior College, which merged with Ohio Valley when its Villanova, Pa., campus closed because of financial difficulties 16 years ago.
YORK COLLEGE        

YORK, Neb. — More than 25 Sojourners recently completed several projects at York.
The retirees in recreational vehicles travel the county helping fellow Christians.
They relocated the York bookstore to its own facility, renovated the former bookstore space to house the admissions office and helped transform a former dormitory into a classroom building, said Steve Eckman, the college’s president.

K-12 CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

PACIFIC CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

GRATON, Calif. — The K-12 Christian academy, founded in 1918, once served more than 150 students. But Pacific Christian saw enrollment plummet to only 24 enrollees in 2010, mission worker Vincent Boling said.
“With the pervasive and devastating downturn in the economy, the school is threatened with closure,” Boling said. “There are many local families who would love to have their children here if we could raise the help they need.”
For more information, see the website at www.pacificchristianacademy.org.
RELIEF MINISTRIES

RAPHA INTERNATIONAL

FORT WORTH, Texas — In the past two decades, Healing Hands International and Rapha International have shipped medicine, food and relief supplies to more than 80 countries combined.
Recently, the ministries announced plans to continue that mission together.
Nashville, Tenn.-based Healing Hands and Fort Worth-based Rapha have merged into a single humanitarian relief effort.
Rapha will change the name of its Texas facility to Healing Hands International at the Rapha Center, said Sid Allen, president of Rapha International.
The ministries “have come to that place in their history where the two organizations can accomplish their mission better together than independently,” Allen said. “Better stewardship of resources and utilization of leadership are two good reasons why this merger makes sense.”
Allen and his wife, Jenetta, founded Rapha in 1998 with Ron and Marilyn Holland to “demonstrate the love of Jesus through providing assistance, lifestyle improvements and training for people around the world,” according to a news release.

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