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  • Soccer Mission Report | Columbia International University
    house in rural Guatemala Photo Ethan Chandler Click image to view a larger version The team leads worship during their mission trip presentation at a CIU Chapel Photo by CIU student photographer Christine Benz January 28 2015 By Melissa McCutchan CIU Student Writer For members of the Columbia International University men s soccer team the off season looks a little different than it does for many teams After they finished an impressive fall season with an 11 5 2 record they prepared for a new adventure an eight day ministry trip to Guatemala over the break between semesters The team hosted soccer clinics for children visited terminally ill children at a cancer hospital and even did a little construction work all the while sharing the gospel wherever they went We were able to love on a lot of kids who don t have a lot of love in their lives defender and junior Ethan Chandler told the student body during a soccer team presentation at the first CIU Chapel of the Spring semester The team was even able to share the gospel on a horseback riding trip with two Guatemalans putting their faith in Christ It was cool to see how something so fun could end up in someone crossing from death to life goalkeeper and sophomore Luke Brooks said In addition the team played soccer matches against a few professional Guatemalan teams The score definitely didn t turn out in our favor but it was a blessing to be able to gather with those guys afterward and share our testimonies with them Head Coach James Whitaker said A couple of needy local families were blessed by the athletes as the team constructed two single room houses what Whitaker described as metal framed sheds but housing that is an improvement

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/soccer-mission-report (2016-01-26)
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  • Drug Addict to Church Planter | Columbia International University
    t know God or really believed that He existed Streett was a drug addict who nearly died of a heroin overdose Today he s The Rev Ryan Streett pastor of Church of the Apostles in Newberry South Carolina a new church planted by Streett and The Anglican Church in North America Streett who graduated from Columbia International University in 2013 was given an open opportunity to introduce himself and share

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/drug-addict-church-planter (2016-01-26)
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  • How Much Should I Tithe? | Columbia International University
    article in Today s Christian Woman magazine takes that conversation one step further Are we still expected to give when we re struggling financially Columbia International University professor of New Testament and Greek Dr David Croteau was asked to weigh in on the topic for the magazine He was joined by popular women s author Ruth Soukup and well known radio financial advisor Dave Ramsey See what they have to

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/how-much-should-i-tithe (2016-01-26)
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  • CIU a Top School for Military | Columbia International University
    of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges Universities measuring best practices in military and veteran education The Guide is a comprehensive research tool for service members considering higher education Colleges and universities are evaluated in a number of categories important to service members and veterans including military culture financial aid flexibility on campus support and online support services We believe the Guide serves as an invaluable

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/ciu-top-school-military (2016-01-26)
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  • $20-K Scholarship Winner | Columbia International University
    awarded to a high school senior who has demonstrated a desire to make Christ known and will use a CIU degree to make an impact for Christ in the marketplace Keli says she loves to sing especially praise and worship music and leads worship at Sandhurst Church in Florence where she attends She also says she will major in Communication because she has a secondary goal to be involved in public relations I would have a lot of face time with clients and begin to build relationships with them because I have this really big passion for people Keli said The 89 7 WMHK Scholarship is open to South Carolina and North Carolina high school seniors who have a 2 5 GPA or greater and a marketplace career focus The candidates must also submit a three minute video describing how they have made Christ known in their community what their dream job would be and how they would make Christ known in the workplace Check out Keli s video at https www youtube com watch v 9c03bWU lA feature youtu be The competition also offers two additional 10 000 scholarships The runners up include Ashton Collum of Warrenville South Carolina

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/20-k-scholarship-winner (2016-01-26)
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  • Student Attends White House Briefing | Columbia International University
    White House as well as the departments of Justice Health and Human Services Labor and the Small Business Administration Deline who lives in Columbia is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies with a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language TEFL She has also developed a faith based non profit organization Family Empowerment Program designed to meet the needs of single parents living in low income housing in Columbia She says she was ecstatic to have been among faith leaders from across the country invited to Washington to discuss ways to partner with the White House to make a difference in American communities She says she is especially interested in President Barak Obama s My Brother s Keeper MBK initiative I asked for the Lord s guidance and was led to partner with the president s initiative and local municipalities in the Columbia area to meet the MBK Community Challenge Deline said In collaboration with President Obama I will help to ensure that all youth particularly boys and young men of color have opportunities to improve their life outcomes and overcome barriers to success Deline says she developed the idea for her Family Empowerment Program years

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/student-attends-white-house-briefing (2016-01-26)
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  • Reaching Ukraine’s Refugees | Columbia International University
    is heard throughout all Ukraine and beyond But lately that effective and faithful witness has been to refugees of eastern Ukraine who have been escaping the battles in their hometowns Degtyaryov says the refugees usually arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs in a desperate state emotionally and physically He says Christians throughout Zaporozhye and other cities are extending the love of Christ in multiple practical and spiritual ways to these victims of war Degtyaryov recently responded to following email exchange describing the situation in his region of the country Under what circumstances are you or ZBCS engaging the refugees from eastern Ukraine For the most part assistance to the refugees is carried out by the local churches In that vein all of our faculty staff and students are actively involved in the ministries of these churches and so ZBCS fulfills its ministry through them The churches in cooperation with the local authorities have organized a refugee help center an effort in which a number of our teachers are taking part In what ways do you minister to them practically and spiritually Our churches are now constantly raising funds to help maintain refugee aid Also some of our graduates faculty and board members have stepped into key roles in the Zaporozhye region in both physical material aid programs to refugees as well as ministry to their spiritual condition Do they have spiritual questions regarding what is happening to them and to their country Some of the refugees have demonstrated openness to the Gospel and are turning to God but for the most part these are people in a state of profound stress sometimes full of hatred and hoping for nothing more than that this situation will end and they can return home as soon as possible Are you

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/reaching-ukraine-s-refugees (2016-01-26)
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  • Celebrating Commencement Twice | Columbia International University
    commencement ceremonies are conducted one on the main campus and the other directly across the Broad River at the Kirkland Correctional Institution where the latest cohort of student inmates graduate from the CIU Prison Initiative At the morning commencement on the main campus CIU President Dr Bill Jones conferred degrees on 123 students recognized for earning degrees from Associate of Arts to doctorates The commencement speaker was CIU Professor of Church Ministries Dr Andre Rogers who is also a CIU alumnus Rogers challenged the graduates from Romans chapter 12 to offer up themselves as living sacrifices to God which includes their bodies their minds and their wills He also warned them not to compromise My brothers and sisters I pray that you never compromise Rogers said I pray that you don t compromise your faith your family or the foundational truths that you have in your life I pray that you will never ever compromise Hear Rogers message at http podcast ciu edu Before the diplomas were presented to the graduates President Jones announced that a survey of the graduating class shows that 30 percent of them plan to enter the mission field 30 percent church ministry and 40 percent the marketplace That afternoon 15 men in the CIU Prison Initiative donned cap and gown over their brown prison garb to receive Associate of Arts degrees They will be assigned to state prisons throughout South Carolina to minister to fellow inmates as chaplain s assistants CIU Chancellor Dr George Murray challenged the graduating inmates that no matter what happens to them as they go out that God is in control He is doing His work including the work He is doing in you and through you even though you may not always see it Murray said And blessed is the

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/celebrating-commencement-twice (2016-01-26)
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