Partners, May 2012
SUNNY GLEN CHILDREN’S HOME
SAN BENITO, Texas — Sunny Glen’s playground is and up running again thanks to students from the Yellow House — a Christian student center serving Stephen F. Austin State University as a ministry of the North Street Church of Christ in Nacadoches, Texas.
The campus ministry students spent spring break at the children’s home, teaching at a Vacation Bible School and working around campus, community relations director Kathy Kimball said.
“Then every evening we gathered for singing and devotional time,” Kimball said. “The last day we had water balloon fun and a surprise birthday for one of our girls who was turning 16. We are thankful to groups like the Yellow House, as they bring a little sunshine to our children.”
LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
LUBBOCK, Texas — On a recent Saturday afternoon, Lubbock Christian University students donated more than 1,200 man hours of heavy lifting, sweeping, paint removal and cleaning assistance.
As part of LCU’s annual student-led community service event, Collide, more than 400 students came together to help transform several acres of cotton gins, warehouses and storage units into shelter facilities for at-risk children and the homeless.
“God is just blessing us,” a smiling Les Burrus, executive director of Link Ministries, told a mass of students circled around him in prayer.
“We’re just praying this will be hallowed ground,” Burrus said, as reported by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “It is incredible to get this place cleaned up and looking good.”
OHIO VALLEY UNIVERSITY
VIENNA, W.Va. — Frank Higginbotham, minister for the Virginia Avenue Church of Christ in Chester, W.Va., for 48 years, received the Christian Service Award from OVU on April 2.
Tom Butterfield, the Christian university’s director of church relations, lauded the faithfulness of Higginbotham and his wife, Rose.
Besides his local ministry, Higginbotham “has conducted hundreds of gospel meetings throughout our vast brotherhood and served in many other ways, including a daily radio program that has aired for decades,” Butterfield said.
ISTANBUL — A group of students and faculty members from Rochester College in Michigan traveled to Turkey recently as guests of the Niagara Foundation, a Muslim organization that promotes peace and dialogue among people of different faiths.
“The trip was amazing,” communications professor Lora Hutson said. “The Turkish people were gracious hosts who opened their hearts and homes to us.”
Sites visited included the ancient Ephesus theater, which could seat up to 24,000 people.
Provost John Barton read aloud from Acts 19 as he reflected on the theater’s role in the Bible.
SOUTHERN AFRICA BIBLE COLLEGE
BENONI, South Africa — Southern Africa Bible College has launched a three-year, $3 million fundraising campaign.
The funds will provide student scholarships, faculty support, distance learning and academic improvements.
The preacher training school, east of Johannesburg, already has raised $1 million toward the goal, director of development Kirk Eason said.
For more information, see www.southernafricabiblecollege.org.
K-12 CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
DAVID LIPSCOMB CAMPUS SCHOOL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — David Lipscomb Campus School will become Lipscomb Academy effective June 1, Lipscomb University trustees announced.
With nearly 1,400 students, Lipscomb is the largest private K-12 school in the Nashville area and one of the few in the nation operated by a university.
“The name communicates a high level of academic instruction, the pursuit of knowledge and excellence by both faculty and students and affirms our commitment to do all this in the context of faith,” said David Scobey, chairman of Lipscomb University’s board of trustees.