Partners, January 2009
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gators for Christ at the University City church served a Christmas lunch and provided gifts to more than 150 foster and homeless children Dec. 14. An a cappella singing group performed Christmas carols, and Santa made a guest appearance, college minister Donny Dillon said.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
OXFORD, Miss. — Rebels for Christ gave out free hugs as part of its outreach to Ole Miss recently, said Casey Coston, campus minister for the Oxford church. Go to www.youtube.com and search for “Free Hugs: Rebels for Christ” to see a video.
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
MANUELITO NAVAJO CHILDREN’S HOME
GALLUP, N.M. — The children’s home hosted an open house recentlyfeaturing campus tours, a rock-climbing wall, fire engines, vintagefarm tractors, a car show and booths from the Boy Scouts, adoption andfamily services and other agencies.
The Gallup Martial Arts Studio also hosted a Kick-A-Thon in thegymnasium. The studio is owned by Jim and Judy Christian, members ofthe Gallup church. Jim is the home’s assistant director.
HERALD OF TRUTH
ABILENE, Texas — Using 30- and 60-second messages focused on everydayconcerns, Herald of Truth Ministries is again offering domestic Englishradio programming.
The ministry recently sent a letter to more than 2,000 churches tellingthem about the spots, which can be downloaded at www.heraldoftruth.com.
The letter encouraged churches to ask radio stations to air the spots as free public service announcements.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — Every faculty and staff member has committed to making a donation to give back to the university.
“We had never really pushed having 100 percent giving from our facultyand staff before,” said Burton Williams, associate vice president foruniversity advancement. But new President Joe Wiley challenged thefaculty and staff to do just that — and they did.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than 90 inmates at the Tennessee Prison forWomen were honored recently at a commencement ceremony featuringLipscomb President Randy Lowry.
Fifteen of the inmates completed 18 hours of liberal arts creditthrough the Lipscomb Initiative for Education program. In the LIFEprogram, a Lipscomb professor and 15 Lipscomb students go to the prisononce a week to study with the inmates. Other inmates were recognizedfor finishing general education and vocational programs.
OHIO VALLEY UNIVERSITY
VIENNA, W.Va. — Starting in January, OVU will offer graduate courses ineducation through the new School of Graduate Education. Jim Bullock,vice president for academic affairs, said the program is designed forcertified teachers or other graduate students who need additionalcredentials.
K-12 CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — High school student artists used their gifts for good at the downtown Nashville Rescue Mission.
Nashville Christian art teacher Donna Torrez recently took 15 of heradvanced art students to the homeless shelter to paint murals in thelobby area.
“We are called as Christians to use the gifts God gives us to hisglory, so it has long been my vision and prayer for the students toknow what it is to glorify God with what you have to give,” Torrez said.
WORD AND WORK
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Word and Work magazine, one of the oldestpublications in the Stone-Campbell Movement, reached its 100thanniversary in 2008.
But now the magazine has stopped publishing a printed edition and goneonline with no subscription cost, editor Alex Wilson said.
For more information, see www.wordandwork.com.