Freed-Hardeman Graduation 2016

Beautiful day for the graduating class at Freed Hardeman University

HENDERSON, TENN., (BNC) by Jamie Suiter — In spite of a cold snap and what we call in West Tennessee a “Blackberry Winter” Freed Hardeman University (FHU) in Henderson had a beautiful sunny day for their graduating class of approximately 250 students.

Three of these students were from the new Dixon, Tenn., facilities. Nineteen states were represented and three different countries. Two students were from Canada, one from Uganda and one was an American living in Singapore who completed his Master of Ministry with the online program.

Jay Lockheart , pulpit minister and an elder for the Whitehouse church in Whitehouse, Tex., spoke at the commencement in the Loyd Auditorium. Jay and his wife Arlene Carter Lockheart met while attending Freed Hardeman College. Brother Lockheart has done work with Truth For Today in Searcy, Ark., and was host of the popular television broadcast “The Search” in Tyler, Tex., from 1985-2007.

One of his outstanding quotes given to the class was, “As you prepare to leave these sacred halls of a university that we love so much and you go to make your mark on the world, you will go as those who have learned to make a living, but you’ll also go as those who have learned how to live. No greater life could we live than the life of a servant. Wherever you go, go as a great servant.” (From the Jackson Sun, Jackson Tenn.)

I asked one of the graduates, Drew Crews of Samburg, Tenn., to give us his assessment of the four years he spent at FHU and he gave this heart-stirring statement.

“The money I spent to attend Freed-Hardeman University was well worth it. My teachers, whether they taught Bible or biology, were top-notch, and helped me to think critically about the world around me and also how to think and live as Christ would. That pertains to every teacher I had at Freed, didn’t matter what subject they taught. More than anything, the growth I experienced while at Freed is what really means the most to me.

“The friends I made during my time there are amazing. I know I can talk to them about anything and know they will be there for me. I think back to all of the crazy, fun things we did late at night in the dorm when we should have been asleep or studying that we still talk and laugh about to this day. I also recall the deep, meaningful talks I had with them, as well. One time, my friends and I stayed up until 3 am talking about faith, and it was awesome. While at Freed, I found a desire to want to know more about God, and love him and others the way he loves me and you. I found a desire to serve others for his glory.

“My worldview has expanded, and my thirst for knowledge of God and his word has grown. I wouldn’t change a thing about my time at Freed. I think if you are serious about challenging your faith, growing spiritually, and learning how to live as Christ would in any occupation you choose, then going to Freed-Hardeman University. Don’t let the cost scare you. You are going to be so glad you invested your money into a Freed-Hardeman education.”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Exchange student in Christian home gains ‘new point of view in relationship with God’

Copy of P1010001WESTVILLE, Fla (BNc)  — Ondrej Hubalek, 18, of Lukavice, Czech Republic was 16 years old when he decided to become an exchange student to the United States. He said kids start learning English in the third grade in his country, and he wanted to learn it better. He also wanted to learn the culture and experience what it is like to live in the United States. Continue reading “Exchange student in Christian home gains ‘new point of view in relationship with God’”

500 kids return to school through Partners in Progress sponsorship program

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MAUMELLE, Ark. (BNc) — Five hundred children are back in school. Their parents had removed them from school and put them to work in the fields and sweatshop factories.

Pictured above is a group of elementary kids with Marie-Claire McDonough, who runs this program in Cambodia, with their new book bags.

Bill McDonough’s Parters in Progress ministry sponsors the Back to School Program (B2S) that seeks donations of $25 a year to put a child back in school and provide new opportunities.

Back To School Program (B2S)
Partners In Progress
P.O. Box 13989
Maumelle, AR 72113, USA

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

2010 Operation Christmas Joy

by Glenda Wiliams, BNc correspondent

GENEVA, AL (BNc) — Joy Galloway, Kellee Jackson, Maggie Moyer and Wanda Cannon worked all year buying items to be packed and shipped to Panama for the 2010 Operation Christmas Joy project. This year’s backpacks were filled for the school in Santa Fe Darien as well as collected teaching supplies for teachers. 206 backpacks, 71 teacher bags, shoeboxes filled with gifts, medical supplies and other items were packed and shipped from the Geneva church building. Continue reading “2010 Operation Christmas Joy”

Player scores against limitations

JACKSON, Tenn. (BNc) – Simms took the handoff from the quarterback, ran around the left flank, kicked it into high gear at the 20, and barely avoided the tackle at the one yard line.

Touchdown!

The Jackson Christian School Eagles and the Harding Academy Lions met on the football field on October 23, 2009, for Jackson’s last home game of the season. Continue reading “Player scores against limitations”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Seven-Year-Old Recites Psalm 119

CHENNAI, India (BNc) — Samuel, who is 7 years old, can recite Psalm 119 in its entirety, all 176 verses.

samuelBeth Johnson had given her class a memory-work assignment of learning Psalm 119 during the 2008-09 school year. The intention was that they would learn it in sections and recite each section separately. Can you imagine Beth’s surprise when Samuel came in before the year was half over and recited Psalm 119:1-176 in its entirety? Continue reading “Seven-Year-Old Recites Psalm 119”

Roy Davison devotes himself to the gospel in Belgium, as well as being a part-time translator. He is the creator of the Old Paths websites (http://oldpaths.com).

Hope Students Twice Best, Try for Third

by Fred Asare, Director, Village of Hope

FETTEH, Ghana (BNc)- Two years ago, I asked for your prayers for our ninth grade students as they prepared and wrote their national exams. You prayed. God answered. Continue reading “Hope Students Twice Best, Try for Third”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Regions University Undergoes Name Change

By Matt Clifton

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc)Regions University in Montgomery, Ala., has changed its name to Amridge University. The school’s board of regents officially approved the change on Jan. 31.

According to an email issued by university president Dr. Rex. Turner Jr., the name change comes due to ongoing litigation over the use of the name “Regions” which the university adopted in the fall of 2006. Continue reading “Regions University Undergoes Name Change”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

FHU Announces New President

by Associate Editor Joe May

HENDERSON, Tenn. (BNc)- Dr. Joe Wiley has been named the 15th president by the board of trustees at Henderson, Tenn.-based Freed-Hardeman University. He replaces Dr. Milton Sewell, who announced his retirement last year. Continue reading “FHU Announces New President”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us