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NIGERIA, West Africa (IMB)-David* is intrigued by big ideas and how to make them work. Until his junior year in college, his plan was to explore a moonscape or two. He was studying to become an astronaut.
OKEECHOBEE (FBW)-A school district in rural South Florida-which promotes an abstinence-only curriculum-has recently come under fire for refusing a "Gay-Straight Alliance" to meet at Okeechobee High School.
LEESBURG (FBW)-First Baptist Church in Leesburg purposed to be a Matthew 25 church, touching the lives of the hurting, outcast and downtrodden with the message of Christ. With a $2 million federal grant to teach sexual abstinence and the movie The Touch entering the international market, First Baptist is spreading the truth of the Gospel in new and broader ways.
I am offended by the Christmas censors: Schools that ban Christmas carols, the word "Christmas," and even the colors red and green; Towns that ban nativity scenes and call those green, decorated, pointy things "Holiday Trees;" Employers who change traditional Christmas parties into "holiday parties" and forbid employees to say "Merry Christmas;" and who can forget the retailers that want our money but refuse to recognize that our holiday is called "Christmas." It's truly madness.
It came and went quietly, but the human race just passed a significant milestone:
In one sickening moment, I realized that the thieves had taken my only connection with the outside world. By "the outside world," I mean the English-speaking, police-patrolled comfort zone I had left behind in the United States. By "connection," I mean my quad band, e-mail enabled cell phone.
In the new novel The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, an unnamed catastrophe has wiped out most of humanity. What remains is a colorless, lifeless shell where "long lines of charred and rusting cars," filled with incinerated corpses, sit "in a stiff gray sludge of melted rubber."
TALLAHASSEE (FBC)-A statewide conference designed to build and foster relationships with international students on college and university campuses is Dec. 17-20 at Florida State University.
GRACEVILLE (FBW)-James T. Owens, a native of Chipley, a member of First Baptist Church of Graceville, and professor emeritus of conducting at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF), won second place in the Georgia Baptist Church Music Conference (GBCMC) Hymn and Chorus writing contest. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges composed of ministers of music and music educators who are members of the GBCMC. Prizes were awarded during the GBCMC annual meeting held recently at Brewton-Parker College.
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-The annual Women's Winter Gathering, a day full of spiritual refreshment, renewing relationships and making new connections, will be offered in three locations across the state in 2007. The theme, "Seek First the Kingdom," comes from Matthew 6:33.
SENEGAL, West Africa (BP)-Meredith Queen's favorite dress is splattered with red and pink splotches, but she doesn't mind.
SOUTHEAST ASIA (FBW)-Returning to Southeast Asia, where he and his family lived and worked for nearly two decades, Bob Stuckey noticed a lot of changes.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (NAMB)-Five missionaries with ties to Florida have been appointed by the North American Mission Board.
NIGERIA, West Africa (IMB)-The Fulani herder grabs a large bull by its sharply pointed horns, and then, slipping one thumb in the animal's mouth, firmly rotates its head to the side and holds it. The sleek, white animal is hobbled, his tail twitching. Yero* (YEH-row) passes a syringe to veterinarian Mike Houser, who makes the injection, then quickly pops the animal on the rump. The owner adds a red mark to its hide, and they move on.