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Archive: May 2013

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Higher Education and Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has named Dr. Rafael Luévano, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Chapman University, as recipient of the 2013 T.A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence. HELM President Dennis Landon will present the award on March 15, 2014 on the Chapman University campus in Orange, […]

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Posted on May 27, 2013
Filed under: Higher Education, People
May 18 – Hard-working. Committed. Faithful.

Today back on a fast train through the Chinese countryside. “Hard-working” is a phrase that comes to mind looking at the neat, cultivated patches of earth for acre after acre.

We’ll see “hard-working” lived to fullest in the next two days as we visit the various projects of the church in Zhenzhou and Zhoukou. Some of our most important Global Ministries work in China has been to improve the lives of an HIV/AIDS cluster that developed here when the people decided to sell blood as income, but the blood was collected with an infected needle. HIV/AIDS in China, as in so many places, has a stigma that isolates those living with the disease. Our participation has included giving them goats, thus providing nutrition through milk but also income as baby goats are sold. The church leaders saw how the process could be improved and asked in the next round that we provide the goats to the church – thus giving an income source that would help underwrite the cost of church ministries. They would then provide goat offspring to persons in need like the HIV/AIDS patients. Win/Win.

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Posted on May 21, 2013
Filed under: Sharon's Blog
A good kind of wall to build

The General Assembly Youth and Disciples Volunteering have paired up to sponsor an All-Assembly food drive and prayer wall.  Help to meet our Assembly goal of 7500 non-perishable food items to celebrate Christian Youth Fellowship’s 75th Anniversary!  The food items will be constructed into a prayer wall in the Convention Center, as we also engage a spiritual […]

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The Journey Begins: Reentry Ministry

Written by Gaye Holman His hands trembled as he raised his fork, the slaw making messy drips over his plate. The muscular, sharply intelligent man tried to converse as he struggled to hang onto his masculinity and self-control. It was his first day out of prison. His first day of emerging from behind a world […]

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May 16 – Shaanxi Bible School

TeacherToday we  visited Shaanxi Bible School – which we support with our DMF money – and I’m proud to say so. The principal there, Ms. Hong Wang, embodies the “three self” principles of the Chinese church: self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating.  In the US we might call her “entrepreneurial.” Her school operates at the most basic of the three levels of Christian ministry training schools in China. But she aspires for more.

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Posted on May 18, 2013
Filed under: Sharon's Blog
May 14-15: Nanjing

Heroism and history meet at the Nanjing Massacre Museum, and Disciples are part of it. The story of Disciple missionary Minnie Vautrin’s selfless action protecting Chinese women and children is part of the story.

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Posted on May 17, 2013
Filed under: Sharon's Blog
“Say Something Nice” Sunday

Sunday, June 2, 2013, will be a friendlier, more cheerful and more affirming day. Gone will be the rancor and demeaning verbiage. Across the nation churches will celebrate the seventh annual “Say Something Nice” Sunday. The congregation of First Baptist Church, Charleston, SC, the oldest Baptist congregation in the South, passed a resolution calling for […]

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Posted on May 14, 2013
Filed under: Ecumenical