Nazarenes in the News: March 9, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
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Nazarenes in the News is a compilation of online news articles featuring Nazarene churches or church members.

B. Edgar Johnson was a friend and inspiration
Nampa, Idaho

(Idaho Statesman, March 4) B. Edgar Johnson and I first met when he was assigned to show me around College Church of the Nazarene during a Halloween event that I was writing a story about for the newspaper.

He was 80 then and wore me out running up and down stairs like a 20-year-old. I knew then I had to get to know this man and what motivated him.

No task was menial to B. Edgar Johnson, or beneath him.

If the corn needed topping, he’d pitch in. Cleaning the bathrooms was no problem. If packing and moving boxes was the chore, he put his muscles to it, even in his 80s.

“The right way to lead is to serve the people you’re trying to lead,” he told me. “You don’t accomplish anything unless you’re willing to die for it. It costs you something. Nothing worthwhile is accomplished without someone bleeding for it.”

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Family continues to help less fortunate in Haiti
LaPorte, Indiana

(, March 3) Sad, tired eyes and big joyful smiles — that was the impression left by the Haitian people on former La Porte resident Dee McDonald as he watched them rebuild their land, which was devastated by an earthquake in January 2010.

"It's a strange combination," he said, "but that describes Haitian people as much as you can. They have every reason to be sad and yet they choose to smile had have joy and be happy. They're a resilient people."

McDonald returned to the country with his wife Amanda in January, a year after they first made a missionary trip to help the people recover amidst crumbling buildings and lost infrastructure. But this time they brought their parents and young child along with them to share in the rewards and sorrows of the people.

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Teens fasting to help build pond
Corbin, Indiana

(Times Tribune, March 5) By fasting for 30 hours, about 20 teens and two adults from Corbin Nazarene Church aim to help build a pond that will help feed an African community.

The church is participating in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, which began at 8 a.m. Friday for teens across the U.S. who hope to raise money to combat hunger and raise awareness about the one in six people worldwide who go hungry each day.

Lorie Roaden, a youth leader at the church, said she first learned about the 30 Hour Famine last summer while at the Nazarene Youth Conference in Louisville. That’s when she began to study the devastating, widespread effects of hunger and World Vision’s event that brings teens together to combat it.

Once back at her church, Roaden said she proposed the idea of having the youth group participate in this year’s event and she had a “great” response.

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Valpo woman's life rooted in faith
Valparaiso, Indiana

(, March 3) Ruby Gaines loved to work in her garden, bake pies and serve her church, said her niece, Esther Powers.

Her aunt was a hard worker who wasn't afraid to get dirty, Powers said.

"She helped her husband build their house," she said. "She could do anything she put her mind to."

Ruby Fern Gaines, 91, of Valparaiso, died Jan. 26. She was a member of Valparaiso's First Church of the Nazarene for 67 years.

She is survived by her husband, Darrell Gaines.

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Fawn Grove Aid ministry growing
Pylesville, Maryland

(York Daily Record, March 6) Officials say the newly renamed Fawn Grove Compassion Center is living up to its name.

Located in northern Harford County, Md., the center began in 1999 as a warehouse ministry at the Fawn Grove Church of the Nazarene, said the Rev. Jonathan Batchelder.

The ministry collected, stored and shipped clothing, shoes, blankets and other essential goods to victims of famine, natural disasters and war. The congregation sent its first container of clothing to Mozambique flood victims in 1992.

After donations increased, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, the relief arm of the Kansas-based Church of the Nazarene, got involved. Since then, more than 400 shipments have been delivered to 22 areas in need, including sites within the United States.

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ENC baseball alum signs pro contract in Germany
Mannheim, Germany

(Eastern Nazarene College Athletics, March 5) The Mannheim Tornados have signed Eastern Nazarene alum Luke Matthews to a professional baseball contract for 2012.

Matthews hit .420 in his senior season for the Lions, leading the team in abs(112), runs scored (22), hits (47), doubles (10), triples (1), homeruns (5), rbis (24), slugging percentage (.661), on-base percentage (.488) and total bases (74). The first baseman stole eight bags (8-10) and started all 34 games for the 2011 Lions’ squad.

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