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  • Steve and Arlene Richardson | Columbia International University
    unexpected He had opened a door for me into the hearts and lives of dozens of people Within weeks the expanding project took on a life of its own When it outgrew our modest home we rented a house down the street A Chinese Christian provided scraps of cloth from his garment factory along with discarded padding Now almost 15 years later HeartCraft employs about 400 people and has been under local leadership for about 15 years They have produced tens of thousands of quilts most of which have been sold on the equator in the big cities of this island nation and at isolated oil camps In the process hundreds of people have heard the gospel around the quilting table and many have found new life in Christ including Dede my dear friend who has become a skilled quilter and a fearless evangelist In the adventures of HeartCraft I have learned many leadership lessons Hold your plans lightly God may choose a different way I thought that because I was a Bible college and seminary graduate I should be teaching theology or leading small group Bible studies But in this context among an unreached the Lord wanted me to show His love through deeds of kindness and by sharing a practical skill with the poor The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love Galatians 5 6 says Build around a few reliable people God starts small and He uses all kinds of people He is looking for plodders visionaries creative people all kinds of people who are willing to trust Him to do the impossible HeartCraft started with one person my friend Dede who only had a third grade education Keep the heart in what you re doing I asked God to keep my heart alert to needs around me One day I met two young women sisters who had been excommunicated from their families for accepting Christ They were desperate for income The quilters were already making many quilts but God gave me the idea of making dolls The girls worked with a team of people in my garage learning how to make dolls from the scraps and padding from the quilts During this time my friends prayed that their unsaved father and mother who were Hindu leaders in their community would come to faith in Christ God answered their prayers and now the whole family is growing in Christ The women eventually kept making dolls worked their way through Bible school and married godly men Today they are taking the gospel to another unreached island The dolls continue to provide a source of income for their ministry of church planting and evangelism God wants to strengthen your own character along the way God knew I needed to change and I needed to learn the lesson of perseverance One time our quilting patterns were stolen by a group of Muslims They started an Islamic quilting group to compete with HeartCraft Another time my husband and

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/impactstories/steve-and-arlene-richardson (2016-01-26)
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  • Tim Gaster | Columbia International University
    Hoping to be involved in ministry I was the first in my family to pursue a degree at a Christian school Throughout my time at CIU I was making plans to serve in the American church I specifically remember saying I m never going to be a missionary that s not my calling Although I sensed God s call to cross cultural missions I graduated and pursued a position in a local church When that opportunity fell through I learned that hiding from God is not an option One week after graduation I was offered a position at Black Forest Academy in Kandern Germany Remembering my vow never to be a missionary I agreed apprehensively and was on a plane six weeks later I lived in Kandern for two years serving as a resident assistant in a school for missionary kids Part of a team of five adults I was supervising 30 high school students from Africa Korea the Middle East and various European countries God used this experience to further soften my heart toward His global purpose as He gave me opportunity to visit the students missionary parents all over Europe Through the trials and challenges I faced in my first two years of ministry I learned to trust God the God who does not abandon the work of His hands Psalm 138 8 One experience that quickly taught me to trust God was when I felt Him calling me away from Black Forest to a similar school in South Korea I knew God was leading me to serve in the dormitories filled primarily with non Christian students at Taejon Christian International School As I transitioned from Europe to Asia I was able to reflect on the Lord s work in and through me I m not a pastor

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/impactstories/tim-gaster (2016-01-26)
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  • Walter Smiechewicz | Columbia International University
    business experience has tremendously helped me in ministry My wife and I served in India for two years after I graduated from CIU While we were there we developed a series of training programs for village clergy and later wrote a small book titled Discipleship Training Manual Written for Pastors and Lay Leaders in India While those two years in India were fruitful I believe that God is using us now more than ever to make an impact My wife and I now support Indian churches both financially and through ministry training As we give them money we keep them accountable by training them to budget and keep a ministry log Pastors are required to give a measurable percentage of what we give them to the poor this includes time and money In addition we have seen several churches planted by a church we started when we lived in India The cross cultural focus at CIU helped me in business and in ministry There is a culture in every company which guides its thinking and decision making And I have been challenged personally to live internationally to be involved in what God is doing around the world even though I

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/impactstories/walter-smiechewicz (2016-01-26)
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  • Joe LeTexier | Columbia International University
    Coordinator B A Crown College M A M Div Columbia International University Joe is a native of northwest Minnesota who enjoys the game of ice hockey and playing the guitar He met his wife Susana a native of Spain while serving there as a missionary in 1991 Joe and his wife are fluent in both English and Spanish and are raising their children in a bilingual home Ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth is the driving passion in Joe s life One of the favorite parts of his job is preparing ICS and TEFL interns to teach and minister in a wide variety of cross cultural settings both in the United States and abroad As an instructor in TEFL and linguistics courses he desires to facilitate the growth of his students not only as educators but also as future bi vocational missionaries and Bible translators B A Crown College M A Columbia International University M Div Columbia Biblical Seminary Church planting missionary Spain 1993 summer ESL teacher and program supervisor Richland 1 Public School Adult Basic Education Columbia S C 1996 present Spanish Court Interpreter U S Federal Court 2002 present Teaching Fellow Columbia

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/discover-ciu/who-we-are/faculty-staff/joe-letexier (2016-01-26)
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  • Alison Branham | Columbia International University
    works to keep her students performing at the standards of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and she looks forward to introducing new vocal programming at CIU in the future Outside of her singing career she raises a family participates extensively in her church choir and other local choir programs enjoys reading composing children s songs and volunteers her musical abilities at nursing homes in the community B M

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/discover-ciu/who-we-are/faculty-staff/alison-branham (2016-01-26)
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  • Chris Essig | Columbia International University
    Mr Essig has given recitals at the University of South Carolina USC the Columbia Guitar Society Geneva College Columbia International University CIU and various weddings and events Mr Essig specializes in classical guitar and contemporary traditional worship styles His philosophy in teaching the guitar is to help students reach an in depth understanding of the blessing and power of music through the study of guitar technique music theory interpretation repertoire

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/discover-ciu/who-we-are/faculty-staff/chris-essig (2016-01-26)
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  • Alena Pagal | Columbia International University
    piano instructor for the Music Ministry studios of Riverland Hills Baptist church and has helped to adjudicate events for various local music organizations Ms Pagal is active as a collaborative pianist for various local school district events She also serves as staff accompanist applied piano area coordinator and group piano instructor for USC Aiken In addition to maintaining a private studio Ms Pagal currently teaches at the University of South

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/discover-ciu/who-we-are/faculty-staff/alena-pagal (2016-01-26)
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  • Outdoor Activities | Columbia International University
    Flashnick for Columbia Metropolitan Convention Visitors Bureau Outdoor Activities Find time to enjoy the great outdoors during your college days because opportunities abound all around CIU Locally hiking and camping swimming boating and other water sports are outdoor activity options Our campus is not far from beautiful Lake Murray where you can go fishing or experience stand up paddle boarding Hikers should definitely explore South Carolina s state trails Of course we have trails on campus too for when you want to take a hike from studying or just enjoy nature Within 20 minutes of campus is Sesquicentennial State Park There you rent a paddleboat canoe or kayak and cruise the lake Not far from downtown you can paddle Columbia s three rivers The Columbia area also is home to the only national park in the Palmetto State Congaree National Park and its unspoiled river bottomlands beauty Within the Columbia city limits are paved trails lining the metropolitan riverways and Riverbanks Zoo Gardens considered one of the finest of its size in the world At the beginning of the fall semester you ll have a few weeks to cool off at Palmetto Falls Water Park at Fort Jackson The park

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/campus-life/student-life/outdoor-activities (2016-01-26)
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