13 May, 2021

Pastor Donates Kidney to Church Member (Plus News Briefs)

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Compiled by Chris Moon and Jim Nieman

A Christian church pastor in Virginia donated a kidney to a member of his church.

James “Beaver” Terry, pastor of Belmont Christian Church in Christiansburg, Va., gave his kidney to church member Eric Nowlin, whose health was failing after years on dialysis, according to the Roanoke Times.

Eric Nowlin (left) and James “Beaver” Terry.

Terry first considered donating his kidney to Nowlin while reading Bob Goff’s Everybody Always, which challenges Christians to help those in need—even if it means giving up one of your kidneys.

The more Terry looked into the idea, the more things fell into place. A key factor was his blood type—A negative—matched Nowlin’s. Only 7 percent of people have that blood type, the Times reports.

“It has made me more aware of just watching and seeking where God is working in your life, what he’s calling you to do,” Terry told the newspaper. “Not everybody will necessarily be called to do this or even be qualified to do it. … It’s just opening yourself up to challenge you … so if you’ve got that calling, explore it and see where it leads you to go, and you never know where the journey will take you.”

Nowlin said he is thankful for the experience.

“I really don’t hate that I had to go through it because I learned to always keep your faith and the awesome power of prayer when we pray for each other,” he told the Times.

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News Briefs

Local law enforcement swarmed the campus of Mid-Atlantic Christian University after a false report of a shooting on campus. The campus in Elizabeth City, N.C., was locked down April 3 while officers searched for a shooter, according to Reflector.com. A 33-year-old man later was arrested in connection with making the report after he was found in one of the college’s dormitories.

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Dave Jane, founder and pastor of Connect Church, Washington, Ill., has been named chaplain of the Washington Police Department, the Times-Courier reported. Connect Church, which started in 2013, is anticipating relocation to a 25,000-square-foot site at 1750 Washington Road in June.

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The Crossing will launch a new campus in Jacksonville, Ill., this coming Sunday. Clint Weir is serving as the campus pastor. The church will be meeting at 803 S. Diamond St.

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Haydn Shaw, a regular writer for Christian Standard and a leading expert on helping different generations work together, was a guest on the March 27 episode of The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast, available for free via iTunes.

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Casey Tygrett’s new book, As I Recall: Discovering the Place of Memories in Our Spiritual Life (InterVarsity Press) released yesterday. Tygrett is theologian in residence with Parkview Christian Church, Orland Park, Ill.

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Eastside Christian Church opened its new Redlands, Calif., campus on March 31. Matt Feldcamps is serving as campus pastor.

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New Day Christian Church, Port Charlotte, Fla., will be conducting “one big community” Easter service at Charlotte Sports Park, home of the Charlotte Stone Crabs and spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, at 10 a.m. April 21.

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Journey Christian Church in Greeley, Colo., is sponsoring “Race for the Journey” on Sunday. The 1K and 5K run/walk will support Saruni International, an organization in Kenya that rescues and educates girls who have been victims of abuse and early marriages.

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Salina Heights Christian Church in Salina, Kansas, spent four hours Saturday collecting items at a local Walmart to take to people devastated by recent flooding in Nebraska, the Journal reported. The church also collected flood-relief items two weeks ago at a local Chick-fil-A.

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Madison Hills Christian Church in Richmond, Ky., hosted a special Easter gathering for medically frail children on Saturday. MHCC teamed with Hannah’s Care Packages to sponsor the event, the Richmond Register reported.

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A major donor to Nebraska Christian College has passed away. Nebraska businessman Lee Sapp, who founded a major travel center chain and multiple other companies, helped fund NCC’s Sapp Brothers Memorial Ministry Equipping Center, which trains preachers and worship leaders. Sapp was 90, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

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