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Post a Comment » Written on July 3rd, 2007     
Filed under: News
By Don Meyer

CHICAGO, IL (July 3, 2007) – Hardly a week goes by that we do not receive a few comments from readers on stories published as part of the Covenant online news report.

We will share from time to time some of those responses generated through the “comments” link attached to each published story. This kind of feedback is very helpful to our Covenant News Service staff as we seek to identify and publish stories of great interest to a broad spectrum of online readers of this report.

Following are comments relating to recently published stories, edited in some cases for length. To read a particular story of interest, search for the headline.

Castaway Kid: Some May Find It Hard to Believe

Alice Erickson of Oakland, NE, writes: What a wonderful testimonial of God’s working in a life at the Princeton Home. How God has used staff and support to win a soul to him. I’m sure each kind deed contributed to the final outcome.

Tom van de Klashorst of High Point, NC, writes: I’d like to use this story in our monthly “Mission NewS,” a newsletter published by the missions committee of Trinity Church (ECC) in Greensboro. It’s a great story to demonstrate that we are all called to his purposes.

Miericke Honored for Service as Conference Superintendent

William Johnson of Orange, MA, writes: I just want to say that Kurt served many years in the Southeast Conference. God is leading him to another ministry in his life. I just want to keep him and his family in our prayers. He’s got many achievements. He was one of the speakers on Labor Day weekend at Pilgrim Pines Conference Center in Swanzey, New Hampshire, about four years ago, and he gave a great message to us. I wish him and his family very well.

Bruce Finfrock of Parker, CO, writes: As a long-time friend of Kurt and Cindy, and while currently not active in the Covenant, I appreciate the article as a way of keeping in touch with their lives. I thank God for their friendship and service to the church, and pray God’s continued blessing on them. There is always a need for church plants in Colorado!

Thornblooms Honored for 44 Years of Mission Ministry

Nancy and Jerry Reed of La Coruña, Spain, write: Congratulations, Bob and Jan! I, too, wept as I read the report. We celebrate you and your lives lived for Christ in Congo.

Blue Elected to Compassion, Mercy & Justice Position

Ida-Regina Oliver of Chicago, IL, writes: Knowing Debbie Blue has been a blessing. The Covenant has made a wonderful decision. Praise God!

Special Litany to Honor CBC

Bruce Finfrock of Parker, CO, writes: Thank you for putting language to our sense of loss. As the father of a CBC graduate, I am reminded every day that it’s heritage lives on in the life of my daughter. Praise be to our Lord God Almighty!

Good Deeds, Goodwill, Good News – Get It?

Louise Coffman of York, PA, writes: I heard these gentlemen speak and the message was so powerful that that I did not sleep the night after hearing them. I kept thinking, What can my church do to reach our world with the message of Jesus Christ?

God Uses Broken People, Situations to Show His Love

Debbie Hancock of Bellevue, WA, writes: I was blessed by Andres and Beatriz in the workshop I attended on June 22 in Portland. He encouraged us to reach out to the poor in our own communities. He told us his congregation is made up of people who he might not want his own children to sit next to. They have involved the families of those who are being transformed in their congregation by involving them in the healing process. They are ministering to all addictions – food, cigarettes, pornography, chocolate – addiction is addiction. It has helped the family members be able to relate to those who are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. Only God is able to bring us out of addiction. And he does and will. He has transformed my life. I thank God for the opportunity to learn more about this awesome ministry in Columbia.

Older Stories

Occasionally we receive comments about stories published some time ago. Most often, readers come across them while topically perusing search engines or when visiting the online Covenant News Archive maintained by Covenant News Service. We appreciate reader comments at any time about any story that has appeared as part of our online Covenant news report.

Chinese Flag Joins Roster of Triennial XII Countries

Cheryl Bengtson of Muskegon, MI, writes: Praise the Lord! I am rejoicing that a sister from China will be at the Triennial. I just read Safely Home by Randy Alcorn, which gave me more insight into Chinese Christians. I’m disappointed that Lily did not obtain a visa, but I’ll continue to pray for her.

Johnson Retiring After 30 Years in Financial Ministry

Stacey Littlefield of Lyndhurst, OH, writes: Congratulations to David, and thanks. I was a part of Immanuel during my seminary years. David was a friend then and has helped my congregation now in times of growth and development. Thanks, David. We wish you God’s best.

Famed Sallman Painting Focus of Christian History Article

Beverly Bodie of Richmond, TX, writes: I am in search of a copy of the original pencil sketch that was on your magazine (Covenant Companion) cover. I believe it was “The Son of Man” (1924), done by Warner Sallman. I have a great interest in his drawing. When I was a young girl, my father had an old bible and inside was a pencil sketch of the “Head of Christ.” It is an original and has a signature on it that we cannot translate. The bible was found sealed in a wall inside of a house my father’s company demolished. I was eight years old at that time (I am now 67 years old). No one can tell me how old it actually is or who signed it. The paper is opaque, not a tracing. It is very old and appears to be hand cut. If you would please contact me regarding this I would appreciate your help. There was also a torn piece of newspaper written in what appears to be German.
I am assuming that the bible was valuable to the family and also the drawing.

Minnehaha Offering Online Christian Ethics Course

Katherine Harris of La Paz, Bolivia, writes: I’m a Minnehaha Academy alum (’79) and my husband and I are interested in the Christian ethics class online, but we don’t attend an Evangelical Covenant church. Your ad says for adults who attend Evangelical Covenant churches. Can we still sign up? (I took Christian ethics 25 years ago with Pat Sheehan (now deceased) and it was VERY good.

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