Partners, March 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Amid difficult economic times, student members of the Herd4Christ recently reached out to their community by offering a clothing giveaway to those in need.
“Almost 25 percent of our town’s population lives below the poverty level,” campus minister Dan Hager said.
Despite an ice storm, 98 residents came for the clothing giveaway. Elders of the 1st Avenue and 26th Street church began the student program in 2001.
DEAF CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Deaf Christian Ministries Foundation of the Midwest has been established.
“We seek to do more for the deaf world in ways which will bring more of them into a new or closer relationship with Christ,” President Carol Cox said. For more details, see deafchristianfoundation.org.
HERALD OF TRUTH
ABILENE, Texas — In March 1959, E.R. Harper wrote in The Christian Chronicle about the national reach of Herald of Truth television and radio programs. At the time, Harper served as the programs’ main speaker and as minister of the Highland church in Abilene.
Harper’s article discussed the programs’ effectiveness in helping convert people. He used the example of Edward Rocky, a Baptist pastor in New York who heard one of the programs, then studied and was converted.
Not noted in the article is that Rocky became minister of the Flushing Church of Christ, where in 1961 he baptized a young man named Billy Brant. Fifty years later, Brant serves as the president and CEO of Herald of Truth Ministries.
“Our God works in mysterious ways,” Brant said.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — Founded by Ken Golson and Michael Bolton, Ezekiel’s Wheels and More is a vehicle donation program designed to raise money for Bible education.
Bolton’s car sales experience combined with Golson’s 33 years working as an airline mechanic was just the reinforcement the two needed to get the new program rolling.
The idea is that vehicles — and more — will be sold to raise money for Freed-Hardeman scholarships. “We’ll take trucks, tractors, boats, motorcycles — anything that is in running and saleable condition,” Bolton said.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A math teacher training program at Lipscomb will be expanded using a state grant totaling almost $1 million, Gov. Phil Bredesen announced.
MALIBU, Calif. — Pepperdine’s Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics hosted a recent conference titled “Religious Liberty and Religious Property Disputes: Who Owns the Lord’s House?”
THE CHRISTIAN CHRONICLE
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Christian Chronicle won 11 awards in an annual awards contest sponsored by the Oklahoma chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Chronicle competed in Division A against the state’s largest newspapers, including The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World.
Tamie Ross, Erik Tryggestad and Bobby Ross Jr. won first-place honors. Other winners included Lynn McMillon, Ted Parks and Jonathan Cannon.
HEALING HANDS INTERNATIONAL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Doris Clark, a longtime missionary in Honduras, was honored with the first “Woman of Hope” award presented Jan. 31.
Along with Clark, about 200 women from 30 churches and seven states turned out for the first annual “Women of Hope” Conference in Nashville, organizer Alisa Van Dyke said.
Sponsored by Healing Hands International, the program featured six speakers: Clark, Carolyn Baldwin Tucker, Cindi Bradley, Vanessa Mount, Joanna Merritt and Joyce Anderson.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Among the recent inductees into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame were Will Shields, who starred with the Kansas City Chiefs; Todd Worrell, a former relief pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals; and John Mayberry, a former Kansas City Royals first baseman.
Joining these athletes was a Texas church elder best known for his 21 years as president of Oklahoma Christian University. J. Terry Johnson, an elder for the Marble Falls, Texas, church, served as co-captain of the 1959 Missouri state champion American Legion baseball team. The team was enshrined in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame at the 50th anniversary of its championship season.
“It was a marvelous weekend and quite an honor to speak at the dinner, representing my teammates,” Johnson said.