Partners, February-March 2010
RIVER CITY MINISTRY
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The ministry served more than 2,000 homeless and nearly homeless people during 2009, evangelist Anthony Wood reported.
In offering hot showers, laundry services, a food pantry, hot meals and medical, eye and dental care, the ministry opened doors that led to 120 baptisms and 158 restorations, executive director Jim Woodell said.
“This is a true witness to God’s presence and the homeless’ desire to give their lives to Jesus,” Wood said.
ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
ABILENE, Texas — Students, faculty and visitors to campus have a new on-campus restaurant option after the recent opening of Einstein Bros. Bagels. The restaurant, the first Einstein Bros. west of Interstate 35 in Texas, is located in the McGlothlin Campus Center at the Hilton Food Court.
“ACU Dining is committed to providing new and innovative dining options for our students,” said Anthony Williams, chief auxiliary services officer at ACU.
CROWLEY’S RIDGE COLLEGE
PARAGOULD, Ark. — The college has received a $63,000 grant from the Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., to help with construction of its new student center.
“We greatly appreciate the confidence that the Mabee Foundation has in our financial stability and operations and the positive impact that their support will have on our remaining fundraising efforts,” Crowley’s Ridge President Ken Hoppe said. The 3,080-square-foot student center is expected to cost $320,000.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Faulkner athletic department has adopted a chapter of the TeamMates mentoring program, the brainchild of Tom Osborne, former longtime head football coach at Nebraska.
Faulkner’s chapter will be the first one outside the states of Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.
SEARCY, Ark. — Dale Manor, professor of Bible, authored a chapter on the Bible book of Ruth in the “Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Volume 2,” which was published recently.
Zondervan asked Manor, who already had published a commentary on Joshua, Judges and Ruth a few years ago, if he would be interested in writing the chapter.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lipscomb’s Department of Global Learning is expanding its international study options through a selection of short-term, discipline-specific courses offered throughout the spring.
Each trip provides three academic credits to participants but requires less time and financial resources than the university’s traditional semester-long study abroad options.
Among the new offerings is The French Paradox, a week that immerses students in French culture and cuisine at the Ecole des Trois Ponts near Lyon, France.
OHIO VALLEY UNIVERSITY
VIENNA, W.Va. — OVU graduated its first three nursing students recently: Sarah Baillargeon, Ashleigh Campbell and Megan Heldreth.
“This is a significant milestone event for our university,” said Jim Bullock, vice president for academic affairs.
OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Christian’s chapter of Wishing Well, which works to provide clean water to impoverished people in Africa, recently partnered with the Water4 Foundation to drill a well on OC’s campus.
Wishing Well members and faculty, staff and students demonstrated the low-cost hand drilling method and the low-cost durable hand pump. The participants included some of the 50-plus Rwandan students who are studying at Oklahoma Christian as part of the university’s Rwandan Presidential Scholars program.
K-12 CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
CLARKSVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The school recently conducted a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the construction of its new building. In its third year of operation, Clarksville Christian has grown its facilities at the Hilldale church building.
About 120 people attended the ceremony. The school has raised more than $900,000 for construction, said Michelle Roberts, whose husband, Robert, is board vice president.
NAIROBI GREAT COMMISSION SCHOOL
NAIROBI, Kenya — Thirty-one ministry students stood in a semicircle and sang “I am ready to go and serve in your kingdom” during the 11th graduation of the Nairobi Great Commission School.
The 31 graduates will work for churches across East Africa, said Tom O. Opondo, the school’s registrar. Kenyan church leaders and missionaries established the school in 1988.
For more information, see www.nairobigreatcommission.com.