13 September, 2021

News Briefs for July 28

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God is using GNPI to connect Indian Christians to one another and deliver hope to seekers through media and technology. Each week 640,000 devices log on to Hindi Church Online (produced in the GNPI studio in India) for fellowship and teaching. 

It is just one example of how God uses GNPI to influence millions through creating media and sharing Jesus. And it’s another reason GNPI is moving forward with the 100 Lights Capital Campaign with the goal of training at least 100 individuals by 2025 to use social media strategies and video production to deliver culturally relevant media to those who are open to following Christ worldwide. The 100 additional workers would join GNPI’s 23 teams and more than 100 international staff worldwide.

Training new workers requires development of an online teaching platform, upgrading production equipment, and preparing for new global outreach opportunities. The goal of the 100 Lights Capital Campaign is to have $1.45 million pledged by this December. Learn more at gnpi.org.

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Micah Odor recently was named the new campus dean at Russell School of Ministry, located in the Christian Church Leadership Center in Florence, Ky. (a few miles from Cincinnati). RSM, which trains students to be ministry leaders, formerly was part of Cincinnati Christian University, which closed at the end of 2019.

Odor, formerly director of groups with Whitewater Crossing Christian Church in Cleves, Ohio, will work with Dr. James Estep and Dr. Billy Strother—both of Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly, Mo.—in leading the educational offerings at the site. CCCB helped to create the Christian Church Leadership Foundation, which has worked to continue the legacy of Christian ministry education in Cincinnati in the wake of CCU’s closing.

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The Indianapolis Star wrote an excellent newsfeature focusing on the work of the Englewood Community Development Corporation, which was started by a group of concerned members of Englewood Christian Church in 1996.

The church, founded in 1895, reached a peak membership of more than 1,000 in the 1970s, but then saw declining attendance as factories closed and people left the urban neighborhood. ECDC has worked effectively to stabilize and revitalize the area.

“Typically . . . an empty house, it’s a liability, so the best thing to do is tear it down and get it off the books,” Jim Aldrich, a lifelong member of the church and rehab and construction manager with ECDC, told the newspaper. “But if you look at it as a house and an asset, the best thing to do is fix it up and get somebody living in it, which is kind of what we started doing.”

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Three teams comprised of 55 people from six churches representing Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Mississippi have traveled to Egypt thus far in 2021 in support of Christian Arabic Services. The teams delivered aid and supplies.

Over the past several weeks, CAS was able to launch into 10 new villages in Upper Egypt where there have never been churches of any kind.

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Rodney Wooten, preacher with the Bayside Church of Christ in Elizabeth City, N.C., since 2016, will join the staff of Mid-Atlantic Christian University as full-time library director this coming week. Wooten previously has served as library director at College of the Albemarle, also in Elizabeth City.

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“The Unity Project,” described by the Sun Journal as a “visual link between uptown and downtown” in New Bern, N.C., is one of eight featured pieces of art in the Greater Five Points neighborhood of that city. “The Unity Project” is located in the parking lot of Broad Street Christian Church.

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David Mann, teaching pastor with Central Christian Church in Wichita, Kan., officiated at a wedding that was featured in a write-up in the New York Times. Mason McDowell and Alexandra Stamps met (sort of) when they were both interviewing for teaching jobs early in 2020. When the couple married at a children’s museum July 1, they included their students in their wedding party.

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