Saturday, July 30, 2016

In the News ... "52 Faces" Q&A with Chuck Bell

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"52 Faces of the Community" is a feature of the Midland Reporter-Telegram that is recognizing the unsung heroes and volunteers of Midland, Texas. The latest installment in this series offers a question-and-answer session with Chuck Bell, Head of Upper School at Trinity School.

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In the News ... "What to know before you go to Rock the Desert"

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• August 4-6 at RTD Festival Field, near Midland International Airport

Rich Lopez, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Rock the Desert is back with its 2016 version, Soul on Fire. The Christian music event kicks off Thursday with a wide range of acts that cover rock, pop and hip-hop. Headliners include Switchfoot, Chris Tomlin and Tenth Avenue North. Acts will play both on the main stage and in the Teen Tent ...

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Karl and Jenny Teichert ... TOMORROW in Midland

Karl and JennyTeicher (center) with their family.
Welcome and hear from Karl and Jenny Teichert this Sunday, July 31, at First Presbyterian Church.

Services in the Sanctuary, 8:15 and 11:00 a.m.: Special guests Karl and Jenny Teichert
Bridge Service in the Chapel, 11:00 a.m.: Special quests Karl and Jenny Teichert

Karl and Jenny are serving the Lord as missionaries with OC Africa in South Africa. Karl serves as the Southern Africa Director of the Southern Africa Regional Team and Area Director of the continental team as well. Their vision is to see a healthy, Bible-based church established in every un-reached village and community in each Southern Africa country. Karl's ministry focuses on research, discipleship, church planting, and leadership development training.




OC Africa is an interdenominational ministry committed to developing, equipping, and mobilizing church leaders to multiply healthy, Bible-based churches in every community in Southern Africa and the world. OC is a faith-based mission who depends on the Lord to provide committed, financial supporters and partners. The contributions from these individuals help generate ministry opportunities around the world, impact missionaries and their global work, and provide a means for the International Mobilization Center to function.

CLICK HERE to learn how YOU can be a part of mobilizing church leaders like the Teicherts, by donating to OC Africa.

In the News ... "Midland Church Hosting Free School Uniform and Supply Giveaway ... TODAY"

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• Going on TODAY at MLK Community Center

Stephanie Sobic, Reporter
KMID-TV


MIDLAND, TEXAS - A Midland church is making sure all Basin children are ready for back to school by provides all the essentials ... from head to toe!

"Everything that the kid would need to go back to school, well have it here," explains Lead Pastor of Community Worship Center Church in Midland, Ed Mayberry.

The church is hosting one last Summer bash, Community Fest, before headed back to the classroom at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center ...

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In the News ... "Homeless Not Helpless"

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• Outreach/service event set for Sunday, July 31, 5-8 p.m.

Jena Sands, Reporter
KMID-TV


ODESSA, TEXAS - Preparing to serve more than one hundred homeless men and women can be a handful.

At Odessa First Assembly's Hope Heals All ministry, they have rallied many local businesses, volunteers, ministries, and donations to provide resources for those living on the streets in the Basin ...

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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

TO MARY WILLIS SHELBURNE: On the attractiveness of real holiness (Lewis mentions his spiritual director, Father Adams); and on the follies, miseries, and temptations of being a young, single adult.

1 August 1953

I am so glad you gave me an account of the lovely priest. How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing (and perhaps, like you, I have met it only once), it is irresistible. If even 10% of the world’s population had it, would not the whole world be converted and happy before a year’s end?

Yes, I too think there is lots to be said for being no longer young: and I do most heartily agree that it is just as well to be past the age when one expects or desires to attract the other sex. It’s natural enough in our species, as in others, that the young birds should show off their plumage—in the mating season. But the trouble in the modern world is that there’s a tendency to rush all the birds on to that age as soon as possible and then keep them there as late as possible, thus losing all the real value of the other parts of life in a senseless, pitiful attempt to prolong what, after all, is neither its wisest, its happiest, or most innocent period. I suspect merely commercial motives are behind it all: for it is at the showing-off age that birds of both sexes have least sales resistance!

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
Compiled in Yours, Jack

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 30, 2016

PRESBYTERY OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - Literacy skills, character strengths and a community that believes in success. Those are the three fundamental components behind the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program, a summer literacy initiative with a focus on children who need but cannot afford summer learning opportunities ...

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Friday, July 29, 2016

From ServLife International ... "Clinic for Christ"

ServLife International is a movement defined by values of God’s kingdom, not programs built around human efforts and activities. The reign and rule of God should be made apparent to every person on the planet, despite their religion, race or socioeconomic status. We believe that issues of justice are inseparable from the good news that Jesus Christ came to proclaim. ServLife exists to take the gospel of Christ and the hope of a better, more just, world to the lives of people we touch. This happens through individual contributions of time, creativity, resources and dreams.



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ServLife Blog: Clinic for Christ

Pastor Joseph in Nepal has discovered a unique way to love his community through his ministry. Two years ago, shortly after planting his church in far eastern Nepal, Pastor Joseph and a fellow Christian man were sharing the gospel and distributing booklets when a woman confronted them with an unusual request. She asked them if they had any fever medicine. Someone in her family was sick and there was no pharmacy or doctor nearby ...

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Karl and Jenny Teichert ... this Sunday in Midland

Karl and JennyTeicher (center) with their family.
Welcome and hear from Karl and Jenny Teichert this Sunday, July 31, at First Presbyterian Church.

Services in the Sanctuary, 8:15 and 11:00 a.m.: Special guests Karl and Jenny Teichert
Bridge Service in the Chapel, 11:00 a.m.: Special quests Karl and Jenny Teichert

Karl and Jenny are serving the Lord as missionaries with OC Africa in South Africa. Karl serves as the Southern Africa Director of the Southern Africa Regional Team and Area Director of the continental team as well. Their vision is to see a healthy, Bible-based church established in every un-reached village and community in each Southern Africa country. Karl's ministry focuses on research, discipleship, church planting, and leadership development training.




OC Africa is an interdenominational ministry committed to developing, equipping, and mobilizing church leaders to multiply healthy, Bible-based churches in every community in Southern Africa and the world. OC is a faith-based mission who depends on the Lord to provide committed, financial supporters and partners. The contributions from these individuals help generate ministry opportunities around the world, impact missionaries and their global work, and provide a means for the International Mobilization Center to function.

CLICK HERE to learn how YOU can be a part of mobilizing church leaders like the Teicherts, by donating to OC Africa.

From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "From Calamity to Commerce"

Founded in 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing nations. Headquartered in Irvine, California, FWM works around the world in partnership with a vast network of humanitarian, faith-based and government organizations, sending wheelchairs to hundreds of thousands of disabled people, providing not only the gift of mobility, but of dignity, independence, and hope.

Friday Story: "From Calamity to Commerce"

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Greetings, and Happy Friday!

Thirteen years ago a flash flood came through Gilgit-Balitstan, Pakistan. The waters destroyed Nizam-Ud-Din’s home. His father was killed, and he and his two siblings were left with permanent disabilities. Though he was still a teenager, Nizam-Ud-Din became the sole breadwinner for his family. For years they struggled as he tried to earn money and care for himself, his brother and sister ...

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In the News ... "Hen House Boutique Helps Support Single Mothers in Midland"

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• Hope customers see the bigger "purchase" when they shop

Stephanie Sobic, Reporter
KMID-TV


MIDLAND, TEXAS - When you first hear the name, Hen House, you might think a place to pet chickens. As it turns out, you're not alone. Many Midlanders have rolled up to the Hen House Boutique expecting that, but getting something completely different. The Hen House is actually new place to shop in the Tall City, while supporting a greater purpose.

House ... equip ... restore ... is the the mission behind the Hen House clothing boutique in Midland ...

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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

On Marriage

Aravis also had many quarrels (and, I’m afraid even fights) with Cor, but they always made it up again: so that years later, when they were grown up they were so used to quarrelling and making it up again that they got married so as to go on doing it more conveniently.

From The Horse and His Boy
Compiled in Words to Live By

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 29, 2016

PRESBYTERY OF WEST VIRGINIA - When my father was born in Qingdao, China, Grandmother had a hard time breast-feeding, and Dad was losing weight. So a message went to the missionaries to the south that the babies16July29 up north needed milk. Apparently all food that the American missionaries ate came from the U.S. because they did not know which food was safe and which was not. Food had to be ordered 18 months ahead of need because of shipping time. Obviously one does not anticipate the birth of a baby 18 months ahead.

So the children of the south gave up their milk for the babies of the north. It is a story I had heard again and again during my childhood ...

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Karl and Jenny Teichert ... this Sunday in Midland

Karl and JennyTeicher (center) with their family.
Welcome and hear from Karl and Jenny Teichert this Sunday, July 31, at First Presbyterian Church.

Services in the Sanctuary, 8:15 and 11:00 a.m.: Special guests Karl and Jenny Teichert
Bridge Service in the Chapel, 11:00 a.m.: Special quests Karl and Jenny Teichert

Karl and Jenny are serving the Lord as missionaries with OC Africa in South Africa. Karl serves as the Southern Africa Director of the Southern Africa Regional Team and Area Director of the continental team as well. Their vision is to see a healthy, Bible-based church established in every un-reached village and community in each Southern Africa country. Karl's ministry focuses on research, discipleship, church planting, and leadership development training.




OC Africa is an interdenominational ministry committed to developing, equipping, and mobilizing church leaders to multiply healthy, Bible-based churches in every community in Southern Africa and the world. OC is a faith-based mission who depends on the Lord to provide committed, financial supporters and partners. The contributions from these individuals help generate ministry opportunities around the world, impact missionaries and their global work, and provide a means for the International Mobilization Center to function.

CLICK HERE to learn how YOU can be a part of mobilizing church leaders like the Teicherts, by donating to OC Africa.

Mercy Trips Summer Outreach: "A great first day with patients"


Partnering with local healthcare workers and churches in medically underserved countries, Odessa, Texas-based Mercy Trips Healthcare Outreach provides free medical clinics and surgical care as an outreach of Christian love for our fellow man. 



A great first day with patients"

The team had a great first day with patients today, both teams worked at the Health Center at Karugutu today - I know, not the schedule I sent out, but the byword for short term missions is FLEXIBILITY. The surgical team had a bit of a chaotic and slow start, mostly due to the surgical team leader being a day late to the party, but I feel the team bonded well with the Ugandans helping us out in the OR and we will pick up steam tomorrow. We performed 3 surgeries, including two significantly complex hernia repairs.

The clinic team had some challenges related to the workspace they were in, but had a good day in the end. A total of 603 people received some type of treatment or service including; vaccinations, deworming, vitamin A for children, mosquito nets, or provider examination and medication.

Team thoughts for the day: Funniest , weirdest, and/or the sweetest thing you've seen so far..

I was honored to be in the OR today. There was a lady waiting to begin surgery and I checked her vitals, placed IV and began a friendship. Of course the patient was nervous and I got to be the one to be able to calm her nerves. Before you knew it, She offered to braid my hair. I love how friendly everyone is and I look forward to tomorrow! --- Natalie

Sweetest moment- in the chaotic OR environment with 10 -15 people, two of our loving team members went around to make sure the patients were comfortable and feeling less anxious( shout out to Jasmine and Natalie for their kindness :) ---Jetcy

Sweetest was seeing natalie with the children in the village. She truly loves the people here and wants to give them her unconditional love! Funniest was Judy in the OR She runs circles around everybody! ---Jasmin

Watching my novice OR nurses calming the patient's fears and the resident doctors learn our "sterile" ways. ---Judi

The children are amazing ---Johnette

So sweet today working with my mom and teaching her about dispensing drug. --- Shannon

Funny, the male patients taking their jacket off and having me hold it it while I took vitals. Cute they know I can multifunction because I'm a woman ~ Marie

Amazing team we work with..., Giving a Mom with a seriously ill child special favors to keep her from having to wait. Listen to the kids laugh!!! ---Jack

So blessed to walk up to our building this morning to see Pastor Moses talking with the people who came for clinic. He took time to explain who we were and why we had come and that we were not from the government. Most importantly, he explained Jesus and His Love. ---Christine

The surgical team was getting ready to leave the hospital, and a woman as very insistent that we all get out of the van to take a pic with her. When we got out to oblige, a comedy of errors ensued between her and her daughter trying to get the pic on her phone, because the daughter's phone was full, and she didn't know how to delete any pics to make room for a new one. Also the woman looked like she could be pregnant and I asked if she was with child, she said " yes this is my daughter" pointing to the teenager with the phone. Guess I need to work on my Ugandan English communication skills. -- Craig

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P.O. Box 13795
Odessa, TX 79768

In the News ... "Lee High graduate starts journey to Catholic priesthood"

MRT Photo by TimFischer
• Optimistic about this new chapter of his life

Waseem Nabulsi, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Lee High School graduate Mark Marquez has known that he wanted to be a priest since he was a high school freshman.

Throughout his youth, Marquez was very active in his church, San Miguel Arcangel Catholic Church, where he was an altar server.

However, it wasn’t until he began studying civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin that he received the “calling” that many priests speak of ...

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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

Screwtape reveals Hell’s intentions for human marriage:

The Enemy’s demand on humans takes the form of a dilemma; either complete abstinence or unmitigated monogamy. Ever since our Father’s first great victory, we have rendered the former very difficult to them. The latter, for the last few centuries, we have been closing up as a way of escape. We have done this through the poets and novelists by persuading the humans that a curious, and usually shortlived, experience which they call ‘being in love’ is the only respectable ground for marriage; that marriage can, and ought to, render this excitement permanent; and that a marriage which does not do so is no longer binding.

This idea is our parody of an idea that came from the Enemy. The whole philosophy of Hell rests on recognition of the axiom that one thing is not another thing, and, specially, that one self is not another self. My good is my good and your good is yours. What one gains another loses. Even an inanimate object is what it is by excluding all other objects from the space it occupies; if it expands, it does so by thrusting other objects aside or by absorbing them. A self does the same. With beasts the absorption takes the form of eating; for us, it means the sucking of will and freedom out of a weaker self into astronger. ‘To be’ means ‘to be in competition’.

From The Screwtape Letters
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.


Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 28, 2016

PRESBYTERY OF THE NEW COVENANT, TEXAS - It has been roughly a year of endless flooding for parts of Texas, challenging volunteers in their cleanup efforts. The seriousness of the high water took on new meaning last month with the deadly flooding near Fort Hood that claimed the lives of nine soldiers. Swift flooding swept the soldiers’ 2 1/2-ton vehicle from a low-water crossing. Three soldiers were rescued.

“The challenge is the repeat flooding. When you have a hurricane, it’s usually one and done. It may hit once in an area and then wait another 10 years before it hits again,” said Jim Ellor, state coordinator for floods with the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team. “We’ve had one flood after another to the point where we are beginning to name all of our floods based on holidays. There was the Memorial Day Flood, Easter Flood and so on.”

Ellor adds that disaster response groups have been responding as best they can under the circumstances ...

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WAW Wednesday ... Right Now in BZ

"The Word at Work is a ministry that mobilizes churches and individuals to answer God's call to minister to those in need," writes Rev. Tim Tam, Director of the Amarillo, Texas-based ministry. "Through our relationships, God reveals needs and opportunities for service. As we come along side the poor, new friendships develop and doors for ministry open. As we serve, God provides the resources to supply for the needs he reveals."


Right Now in BZ

Hello Friends,

Okay, I just got back from Belize last night. I’m a little bit fried so lets' have some fun. A lot happened last week and a lot more is happening right at this moment. Just for fun I'm going to throw a bunch of photos at you. And there will be more to come with teams stacked up and back-to-back through the summer.

FYI - Law enforcement mission trip started yesterday where Christian officers train Belizean police in a variety of skills and also share how faith sustains them in their work. Look for that next week.

Gabriella before and after: Infection in her leg a thing of the past. She is healthy and growing fast. She is one of the shyest kids I've ever come across, But yesterday she gave her testimony of God's healing work in her life to a crowd at church camp.

Last week's team from Ocean Springs, Mississippi: Dr. Michael Cunningham ... help for a young boy with clubfoot.

Another before and after shot: Some of you will remember Moses from seven years ago, injured by a truck and given no hope for life.

Back when he was in the hospital I made several promises to him. One was a promise to include him on one of my mission trips and take him out to the islands to go snorkeling.

It took me seven years to fulfill that promise. He is now a young man of 15 years old, Junior in high school and getting excellent grades. Here he is pictured with last weeks team giving them points on how to lay cinderblocks.

AND, not only snorkel for 1st time but also Kayaking ...

Pinnacle Church of Amarillo: is also in Belize at this moment working with Phillipa at Exodus Church in Belize city. They've already built the playground set and this week have been assisting Philippa's leaders with hundreds of children in a vacation Bible school.

Monday night was the church’s first women's conference and over 70 Women from the Pickstock neighborhood attended.

Last week, three shipping containers arrived with about 1000 desks and chairs: These high quality desks and chairs were donated so schools in Belize need only contribute funds to pay for shipping expense.



Air Force pilot Devon Meister from Ocean Springs team: spent part of her trip working at the prison in the area of her expertise, Hurricane preparedness.

This was one of my favorite photos of the week so I included it. I like the way the color of the coconut matches the parrot on her head.



And how about these faces:

Utter Joy ...

Awe and Wonder ...

Contentment juxtaposed with a bit of suspicion ...

Thanks for your involvement and support which makes all this continue to happen!

tt (Tim Tam)
The Word at Work

ps: Our Ministry Associate team gathers school supplies, toys, and stuffed animals through out the year ... we've discovered blankets are an ongoing need as well, so please be saving them, too. Click here to learn more about becoming a TW@W Ministry Associate, or get in touch with Tim Hagen for more information!



EDITOR'S NOTE: Speaking from my own first-hand experience - working side-by-side with Tim, Kenny and our brothers and sisters in Belize - won't you give thoughtful, prayerful consideration to supporting the efforts of Tim, the Word At Work staff and their partners? Please please fill out this Commitment Card and return it to their office!

Also, remember that you can follow The Word At Work on their Facebook page!


Mercy Trips Summer Outreach: "The good and the bad from our first workday"


Partnering with local healthcare workers and churches in medically underserved countries, Odessa, Texas-based Mercy Trips Healthcare Outreach provides free medical clinics and surgical care as an outreach of Christian love for our fellow man. 



The good and the bad from our first workday

What a busy day today. We are set up and prepared for a productive today serving others in this beautiful country tomorrow. It was so rewarding to see my friends here again. Love how kind and thoughtful everyone is. Continue to pray for us😍 ---Natalie

Team work, job well done. Ladies room not at all pleasant.--Johnette

Wow, what an incredible country filled with amazing people! I feel so special to be here and work with this wonderful team of people. Looking forward to another productive and soul fulfilling day tomorrow. --Shannon

Early AM devotions, reminder of our blessings through out the day. Beautiful positive energy w/our team and the village. The laughter is the best ~ can't wait for tomorrow to help all the people. -- Mari

Again seeing western Uganda and the people we know from before. We are ready to go starting tomorrow for the next 10 days. Jim

First time in Western Uganda. Great team & teamwork. I have several new friends. Looking forward to our first clinic day. God is here. Jack R.

Wonderful meeting and establishing new friendships . Seeing how God took time delays and turned them into blessings. Judi

Western Uganda is a beautiful place:) I was excited to meet with everyone andget to know them. Definitely felt God's presence today. Excited and ready to serve tomorrow!-jetcy

Loved working with Judy today full of energy and knowledge. Can't wait for tomorrow! Being the hands and feet for Jesus- Jasmin

God is so good to have a double rainbow for us on our way home this evening to remind us of His promises! Team worked hard today, lots of laughter and fun sharing around the table while counting drugs. --Christine

It was good to be with the team and see how they are already bonding together. Especially to meet several of them for the first time outside of email. Time to dive in tomorrow. - Craig

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Mercy Trips Healthcare Outreach
P.O. Box 13795
Odessa, TX 79768

In the News ... "Pastor aids homeless"

OA Photo by Mark Sterkel
• Initiative has grown into monthly meetings for more than 100

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - The Rev. Doug Herget has a dual mission. Arriving in Odessa 30 years ago after graduating from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Ind., he worked in the food service and soft drink sales until going into full-time ministry in 2000.

Since then, the 56-year-old native of Edina, Mo., has become as well-known for his advocacy of the homeless as for his work as pastor of Odessa Tabernacle Family Life Center ...

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Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: June 5, 2016

MINUTE FOR MISSION: JOHNSON C. SMITH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY - This month Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary marks an anniversary of sorts. On June 30, 2014, after 45 years of membership, our seminary disaffiliated from the historic consortium known as the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) of Atlanta. Why? Because the religious environment had changed. We felt called to bring a new kind of seminary into existence—one that is innovative and helps students anticipate the 21st-century reality of Christian ministry at home and abroad ...

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