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Partners, February 2016


HENDERSON, Tenn. — Freed-Hardeman recently awarded its first four doctoral degrees.

FHU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences presented the Doctor of Education degrees to Stephanie Coffman, Judy Hoover, Jeremy Qualls and Antonio Burt.


LUBBOCK, Texas — Lubbock Christian University received a grant of $596,000 to help establish the Vocati Institute. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore their religious beliefs and concerns about contemporary challenges by studying theology and examining how faith calls them to lives of service.

“The Vocati Institute will bring a new dimension to this mission by bringing together annually an interdisciplinary group of university faculty, current university students and up to 70 high school students,” said Steven Bonner, associate professor and director of LCU’s youth and family ministry program, who will direct the institute. “The institute will strive to inform, prepare and encourage the high school students for lifetimes of theological exploration, spiritual discernment and faithful engagement in their churches and communities.” 

MUTARE, Zimbabwe — Christians in this southern African city say “Mazvita” (“Thank you” in the Shona language) to contributors who donated funds and equipment for a computer lab at the Mutare School of Preaching.

“We received 11 computers and two laptops for use by our students, staff and the community at large for a fee,” said Nhamo Marunga, principal. “Most of these have been updated and are wireless. They were recently reset and connected to a local network for Internet services. This has brought excitement in the school.”

Daniel Mabuya, a second-year student at Mutare, works in the computer lab. (PHOTO PROVIDED) K-12 CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

NORCROSS, Ga. — Greater Atlanta Christian sophomores decided more discussion was needed about complex issues they see worldwide.

Those students inspired the recent Global Leadership Seminar, tackling topics such as human trafficking, immigration, the refugee crisis, racial equality, gender equality and homelessness.

In partnership with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the seminar aimed to allow students to tackle social issues of the modern world. The undertaking incorporated a number of academic subjects, including English, history and Bible.


MOBILE, Ala. — “Serve Mobile” was the theme as 400 Mobile Christian sixth- to 12th-graders engaged in a special day of service.

Some students fed families at the Ronald McDonald House. Others helped a farmer who recently lost his wife. Still others fanned out to nursing homes, food banks, churches, children’s homes, a cancer center and even an equestrian rehabilitation center, secondary Principal Dale Horn said. The service was part of the Christian school’s recent Spiritual Emphasis Week.



ABILENE, Texas — The singing school plans a big 70th anniversary celebration. Thousands have taken part in the annual training, and organizers are trying to contact as many as possible to let them know about the July 8-9 reunion.

“No, I have not attended all 70 of them,” said James Tackett, a song leader for the Hyde Park Church of Christ in Austin, Texas. “Only the last 52.” For more information, see www.singingschool.org.

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