Editorial by Bonnie Navarro
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Osceola McCarty was born in 1908. She lived with her aunt and grandmother in Mississippi. When her aunt returned from a hospitalization unable to walk, McCarty dropped out of school to care for her. She never went back. Instead, she became a washerwoman—getting up early in the morning to light a fire under her wash pot, wash the clothes on a scrub board, hang them on a 100-foot-long clothesline, and when they were dry, iron until 11 p.m. at night.
Story by Becky Patrick
Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) math teacher and volleyball coach, Becky Patrick, is committed to girls’ sports. Patrick recognizes that girls who participate in sports are more likely to have lower rates of teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse and possess more self-confidence. She has witnessed sports help girls focus more on their athletics than their aesthetics, and how teamwork has taught them to support and encourage one another:
Story by LaTasha Hewit
The Movement Germantown (Md.) church recently hosted their second annual Prayer Drive-Thru. Church members offered one-minute prayers with drivers and distributed copies of Steps to Christ.
Members, equipped with signs and enthusiasm, led drivers to the Spark M. Matsunaga Elementary School’s parking lot. Prayer warriors waited to pray for everyone who came through.
Participant Doris Thomas shares, “Many asked for prayer for their health and their families; and in praying for them, we were all blessed.”
Story by Heidi Shoemaker
Pentaevangelism, … what is that?” asks Peter Simpson, Hispanic Ministries coordinator for the Ohio Conference. “We’ve done many things, but nothing like this.”
‘Pentaevangelism’ (Pentaevangelismo) is the most recent evangelism program designed by Simpson and the Hispanic Ministries Department. Penta (five) refers to the five principal components of evangelism: prayer (oración); preaching (predicación); baptizing (conversión); producing or multiplying (multiplación); and planting (plantación).
Story by Alita Byrd
In the autumn of 1969, Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse (pictured in a family portrait from the 1940s)—already an accomplished and internationally-known violin and piano soloist and composer—invited four little kids to play music in her living room. Little did they know, this was the beginning of the New England Youth Ensemble (NEYE).
Histoire par V. Michelle Bernard et Monica Zill
Cet automne, les leaders étudiants des académies (junior et senior) de l’Union de Columbia se sont réunis à Edgewater, dans le Maryland, avec les dirigeants des académies, pour la fin de semaine annuelle de Formation sur le Leadership Spirituel Académique (SALT).