17 April, 2021

Church Donates Land to Help Foster Children (Plus News Briefs)

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New Hope Christian Church, Whitestown, Ind., donated almost an acre of their property to Isaiah 117 so the organization can build a home “where removed children can wait in comfort to be picked up by their foster families,” the Tribune-Star reported.

Such children typically are scared and confused and usually must wait for hours in department of children’s services offices that can be cold and sterile. The Isaiah 117 homes aim to be warm and reassuring, according to the group’s website. The home will allow children to get a shower, a meal, and new clothes while waiting on their foster family. Isaiah 117 reports they have homes and/or startup groups in Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia, in addition to Indiana.

NHCC voted unanimously to donate the land to Isaiah 117. “We are beyond thrilled to house Isaiah 117 on our property,” ministry administrator Janice Langford told Christian Standard. A couple with historic ties to the church, Carroll and Mary Willey, who fostered 349 children, carried out their ministry on what is now NHCC property.

Isaiah 117 will next work to raise funds to construct the home. The group’s mission to care for children awaiting foster placement is based on Isaiah 1:17: “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”

The Whitestown home will service DCS agencies in Boone, Hendricks, and Montgomery counties.

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News Briefs

Glen Elliott of Pantano Christian Church, Tucson, Ariz., was among the church leaders interviewed by Tucson.com and asked to “share their thoughts on the timing of spring renewal and Easter redemption coinciding this year with the easing—somewhat—of the pandemic.”

“Any challenge, like a pandemic, tests our faith,” said Elliott, the church’s lead pastor. “It’s through difficulty that our trust in God either grows or diminishes. Tough times are not neutral times for faith. . . . I’ve come through this very difficult season having been forced to trust the living Jesus more and realize again how little control I have over the world we live in. My faith is stronger, and I’m closer to my living God than ever in my life. So I find myself in a season of deep gratitude.”

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Aspiring ministers will preach, earn scholarships, and receive feedback from Johnson University preaching professors during Preach.Fest on Saturday. The “celebration of preaching” will take place on the Knoxville, Tenn., campus.

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Crossroads Christian Church in Washington Court House, Ohio, just hired their first full-time livestream director. “Our online presence has grown, and we are one church that exists online and in-person,” lead pastor Adam Lynch said. “In order to do that well, we decided to hire someone full-time to oversee all our livestream.”

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Zeke Haag, 17, recently completed an Eagle Scout project that involved building an octaball (or “ga ga ball”) pit for his church, Ogallah Christian Church, the Hays (Kan.) Post reported. Haag said his church youth group likes to play the game when they go to camp.

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Robert M. Bland, 92, founder of Teen Missions International and a person who helped pioneer the concept of short-term mission experiences for teenagers, died Friday. At the time of his death he was president of AIDS Orphans and Street Children and Motorcycle Sunday School Mission.

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