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FEATURED PHOTO (above): Ervin D. Seamster Jr., president of Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas, celebrates the college’s grand prize win in the first Ford HBCU Drive2Greatness program. He’s joined by “A Different World” stars Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison. Supporters of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) cast votes for their favorite school. SWCC earned a prize valued at $150,000


SPOTLIGHT

DeHart featured on ‘The Voice’

Anna Catherine DeHart, who grew up in the Shady Acres Church of Christ in Sikeston, Mo., was featured on this season of NBC’s “The Voice.”

Anna Catherine DeHart performs.

“I thought before this that I was done with music,” DeHart wrote on Facebook after her recent elimination from the TV competition. “I thought that growing up meant giving up on the dream I’d had as far back as I could remember. I thought that it wasn’t where I was supposed to be anymore. This experience gave that all back to me. Thank you, Blake Shelton, for taking a chance on me and believing in me enough to turn your chair and let me live my dream.”

The Christian Chronicle featured DeHart last year when she donated proceeds from her “Waiting On the Sun to Rise” video to Children’s Homes Inc. of Paragould, Ark. DeHart said then she hoped to encourage more people to become foster parents or volunteer time to help abused and neglected children.


CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

KENYA CHILDREN’S HOME

KITALE, Uganda — Members of the Quaker Avenue Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas, traveled to this East African nation recently to celebrate 25 years of ministry to orphans.

The Kenya Church of Christ Children’s Home hosted a reunion for children who grew up at the home and former staff. Administrator Steven Muturi helped the reunion.

“Though several activities were planned, it seemed the older children were content to sit together and catch up on each other’s lives, introduce their own children, take pictures … and laugh and play with the younger kids at the home,” participants wrote in a recent Uganda Mission newsletter.

NICARAGUA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

LEON, Nicaragua — Nicaragua Christian School serves children in one of the largest cities in Central America’s poorest country.

Students receive free meals, an education and daily Bible instruction.

The dream for the school began when a group of Christians on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua recognized the need.

For more information, see www.nicaraguachristian.org.


HIGHER EDUCATION

ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Tony Ash

ABILENE, Texas  — Walking With C.S. Lewis,” a new 10-part video series about 12 of the best-known, most beloved works of the renowned author and theologian, was introduced at the recent ACU Summit.

The video series was developed and narrated by Tony Ash, professor emeritus of Bible, missions and ministry at ACU.

Lexham Press, publisher of the series, reports national distribution will begin Jan. 1, 2018, by LifeWay Christian Stores, while online sales and access began in November. Complimentary copies will be sent to Brown Library at ACU and all other U.S. universities and colleges associated with Churches of Christ.

FAULKNER UNIVERSITY

MONTGOMERY, Ala.  —  At Faulkner University’s ​​recent annual benefit ​dinner, President Mike Williams announced plans to create an autism center on campus in 2019.

The center, which would be the first in the area, would combine the resources from the College of Education with new ​master’s and doctoral programs in speech-language pathology and physical therapy.

​Earlier in the fall, Faulkner hosted ​an autism conference as the first step in that undertaking.

“For me​,​ it’s more than a professional conference,” Williams said. “Lisa and I have an autistic son who is 24 years old. This is a critical conversation to have simply speaking as a parent.”

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