Partners, June 2011
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
STARKVILLE, Miss. — A student-led Evangelism Strategy Team focuses on gaining personal Bible studies with classmates on campus.
The University Christian Student Center, overseen by the Starkville Church of Christ and campus minister Perry Jinkerson, has worked to equip students to “go into all the world” since 1966.
Last year, 16 college students were baptized at the Starkville church.
“I know that I can go to the student center and be surrounded by a group of people who always remind me who my father is,” said Rudi Acklin, who was baptized in September 2009.
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
CHRISTIAN CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Christian Child and Family Services Association presented two special awards at its recent annual conference.
Debbie DeSpain Kitchens of Foster’s Home for Children in Stephenville, Texas, received the “One Person Can Make A Difference” Award.
Rod Self, assistant director of New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in Portales, N.M., received the Distinguished Service Award.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — Youths who attend the university’s “Go!” camp this summer will help pack 100,000 meals for Haitian children, said camp director Brad Montague.
The camp, in its inaugural year, is designed for children in grades seven through 12 and places a heavy emphasis on service, Montague said.
Participants will partner with the Estes Church of Christ and Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit, to prepare the meals for Haitians recovering from the 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince. The Estes church helps support Son Light Children’s Home near Port-au-Prince.
“We want to put real-life, world-changing ideas into the hands of a young generation who wants God’s love to be seen and known by all,” Montague said.
HARDING UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF RELIGION
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — About 80 church elders and their wives participated in the recent “Shepherding Conference” at Harding University Graduate School of Religion.
Eddie Randolph, associate professor of ministry, spearheaded the opportunity for elders and their wives to come together to learn, share, grow and experience renewal, organizers said.
The workshop was sponsored by the Church Leaders Resource Network at the graduate school, which will be renamed Harding School of Theology on July 1.
K-12 CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Supporters have pledged $7.7 million of the $10 million to a campaign called “Vision 2020,” school President James Thomas said.
The centerpiece of the campaign is a planned gymnasium and stadium facility with a large meeting space for events.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When coach Joey Spann’s heart stopped during a high school basketball game, bystanders were at his side within seconds with the device that saved his life.
An automated external defibrillator, or AED, sat ready in a cabinet 50 feet away at David Lipscomb High School.
With one shock from the AED, Spann’s heart started beating again, and he woke up. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery the next day. Spann coaches for Goodpasture Christian School. Both Lipscomb and Goodpasture are associated with Churches of Christ.
RADIO AND TELEVISION
CHRISTIAN PRODUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL
MIAMI — Twenty-seven Christians learned how to reach the lost using radio at a seminar hosted by Rex Morgan.
Morgan produces a television show called “Con La Biblia Abierta” (“With The Open Bible”) and offers resources for Spanish-speaking Christians. He also is senior producer for Latin America for Franklin, Tenn.-based World Christian Broadcasting. One seminar attendee came to Miami from the Dominican Republic, where he produces a radio program.
“He believes the need is growing to reach out through media,” Morgan said. “His dream is to establish a Christian radio station in the Dominican Republic.”