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Partners, March 2012



SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A three-person team — Catherine Kraus, Lauren Burke and Jeff Keely — is training to plant a new campus ministry at Missouri State University.
The ministry plan has been approved, and fundraising is in progress, said Lynn Stringfellow, director of ministry advancement for Campus Ministry United, sponsored by the Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa, Okla.
The East Grand Church of Christ in Springfield will serve as the spiritual support and the local church home for seeking students, Stringfellow said.
“This congregation is very excited to be reaching out to young people searching for the Good News,” he said. “God’s hand has been visible all through this plant formation.”


CEDAR PARK, Texas — Across America, people of all ages run, cycle and swim in organized athletic events.
From a 10K to benefit a local charity to a multi-day bike ride supporting diabetes, millions get active to benefit the world.
Now, some Christians — believers whose faith is active as well as their lifestyles — are becoming a member of “Athletes on Team WBS.”
Their commitment: to train for an athletic event of their choosing and use it to raise funds for World Bible School.
“I’ve raised money for great causes like cancer,” said Michael Everist, an Austin triathlete and Westover Hills Church of Christ member. “But I want to do something that has a more spiritual and evangelistic impact.”
For more information, e-mail WBS vice president of development Kevin Rhodes at [email protected].


HENDERSON, Tenn. — Bob and Joan Brown, parents of Karen Ferguson, have established a scholarship in honor of their slain daughter and grandson.
Karen Ferguson, 44, and Cole, 21, were shot to death Oct. 10, 2011, in the family’s Gulfport, Miss., home. The suspect in the double-homicide died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound a few miles away.
Bob Brown is the former chairman of Freed-Hardeman’s Department of Chemistry and Engineering Sciences. Karen Ferguson was the wife of Les Ferguson Jr., minister for the Orange Grove Church of Christ in Gulfport.
To contribute to the scholarship fund, contact the development office at FHU.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A new Scout Award program will honor students who achieve the top rank in scouting organizations.
The Scout Award is a $10,000 award for any incoming freshman who is accepted to Lipscomb and received the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout Award, Venturing Silver Award or Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award; the Girl Scouts of America’s Gold Award; or the American Heritage Girls’ Stars and Stripes Award.
Funds will be distributed in $2,500 increments each year for up to four years.
“Lipscomb is proud of what these students have accomplished as scouts, and we are proud to be able to recognize them for it,” Lipscomb President Randy Lowry said.



HOUSTON — The Westbury community is grieving after Marie Gage, 82, was robbed and killed in her home Jan. 12.
Her husband, Bill, 84, a fellow Westbury Church of Christ member, survived the attack.
The couple’s daughter, Loa Glenn, said the family relies on its faith and knows God has a plan. Loa’s husband, Greg Glenn, is head of school at Westbury Christian School, next to the church.
Marie Gage’s “wonderful family is hurting but knows she is with the Lord,” Westbury Christian School Bible teacher Steve Hawley said. Hawley paid tribute to the Gages on his blog at www.stevehawley.blogspot.com.

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