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Partners, October 2014

Campus Ministry

FLORENCE, Ala. — Danny Petus, director of a church-sponsored ministry to the campus of the University of North Alabama, and assistant director Josh Webster challenged area youth groups to donate jars of peanut butter to Haiti. 
“Peanut butter is used as a protein supplement since the daily meal of rice does not have much,” said Harry Hames, director of Haiti operations for Healing Hands International. A large jar costs more than $15 in Haiti, he added. 
The youths donated 1,500 jars last year, and Hames hoped for 2,000 this year. “But I was blown away when the final total was more than 3,300 jars,” he said. 
K-12 schools 
EDMOND, Okla. — It was a back-to-school pep rally — gospel style — as Buddy Bell motivated football players, students and parents alike to live out their faith during the academic year. 
“Jesus Does” was the theme. 
Bell, minister for the Landmark Church of Christ in Montgomery, Ala., spoke during a three-day gospel meeting at the school, which included food trucks and evening performances by Acappella. About 400 people attended the meeting’s final night. 
Football players pray at Oklahoma Christian Academy’s gospel meeting. (PHOTO BY SANDY BLALOCK)
TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. — A record-breaking 96 adult campers contributed 1,951 hours of volunteer labor during Florida College’s 10th consecutive Labor Camp. 
The campers — alumni and friends of the college — provided landscape and interior renovations for the business building and did touch-ups across the campus. 
Alumni Craig Bean, minister for the Spring Street Church of Christ in Racine, Wis., and Paul Greiving, a professor and chair of the college’s business department, led the camp. 
OBONG NTAK, Nigeria — This 450-student Christian university in West Africa has a spiritual “sister” across the Atlantic Ocean. 
In Searcy, Ark., officials with Harding University signed a memorandum of understanding with Obong University, witnessed by Usenime Akpanudo, professor of education at Obong University. 
The agreement promotes “the interchange of ideas, students and teachers by each university,” said Ben Jones, chairman of Obong’s board of trustees. The universities also agreed to “participate in selected seminars offered on either campus,” and “to assist in the modifying and upgrading of relative courses.” 
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — This Christian college recently launched a campus volunteers program to encourage involvement among its alumni and friends. The college offers a broad range of volunteer opportunities in most campus departments — from the business office to athletics. For more information, see www.rc.edu/support-rc/campus-volunteers. 
DULCE NOMBRE DE CULMI, Honduras — This town, situated in a region with the largest surviving virgin rain forest in Honduras, is home to an indigenous population suffering from intense poverty, said Martha Rivera, associate director for this church-supported medical mission. 
Predisan recently launched health and maternity services for people of the region and recruited 54 people to assist in the effort. For more information, see www.predisan.org.

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