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  • Remembering 9/11 and 11/4 | Columbia International University
    months before the planned Dalit rally in India the horrific events of Sept 11 2001 perpetrated by Muslim extremists took place in America At that time I was serving as the president of Columbia International University and along with much of the world the CIU family was stunned at the events of that day In late October I learned of the Dalit rally that was being planned for early November Several days before the rally I told the student body about the upcoming Dalit gathering what was at stake and asked any of them who could to skip supper and join me that evening in Pamplin auditorium to fast and pray earnestly for the Dalits and their upcoming decision I was hoping for a group of 20 30 students To my surprise when I arrived at the auditorium at 6 00 p m the auditorium s 200 seats were filled with additional students sitting on the floor and in the aisles The atmosphere was electric and Spirit filled as the praying went on and on I had to slip out of the prayer meeting early for an off campus meeting When I returned at 9 00 p m I went back to Pamplin Auditorium and found many of our students still gathered in small groups throughout the room continuing to pray for the Dalits I eventually left the meeting to get a good night s sleep and honestly don t know how late our students stayed and prayed Did that time of fasting and praying have any effect on the Nov 4 rally I believe it did Several hundred thousand Dalits gathered and listened to speeches from Muslim Buddhist and Christian speakers Significantly even though Islam seemed to be winning the day in the period leading up to the Nov

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/remembering-911-and-114 (2016-01-26)
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  • The Gospel from Ethiopia to the World | Columbia International University
    For hundreds of years churches from the West have been sending missionaries to Africa But could one African nation become a major missionary sender in the near future That s the question explored by CIU Seminary School of Ministry student Jessie Udall in her master s thesis which she recently defended In her thesis Preparing Ethiopians for Cross Cultural Ministry Maximizing Missionary Training for Great Commission Impact Udall offers an

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/gospel-ethiopia-world (2016-01-26)
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  • The Influence of a Martyr | Columbia International University
    University Chapel in 1994 freshman Ioana Achim introduced Richard Wurmbrand and his wife to the student body Achim who is from Romania was no doubt the best person on campus for such an introduction Wurmbrand well known for being persecuted by the Communist government of Romania from the late 1940s into the 1960s had a deep impact the lives of Achim s parents Wurmbrand would go on to found the

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/influence-martyr (2016-01-26)
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  • Labor Day: A Christian Perspective | Columbia International University
    especially honors the human efforts of individuals as persons uniquely created in the image of God The first examples of work recorded in the Bible were those of God Himself God saw all that he had made and it was very good The quality of that work was both creative and excellent In addition a central theme of the Protestant Reformation emphasized the biblical perspective that all moral and lawful work reflects an inherent dignity and worth that God has infused into every vocation Students and graduates of CIU s rapidly growing Business and Organizational Leadership BOL program serve God by applying Kingdom principles in their workplace and by leveraging their unique God given talents skills and experience to transform human society BOL students are being equipped to create and operate successful business enterprises to lead and fully develop people and to form and build mission capable teams and organizations Three key characteristics set CIU s program apart from similar programs at other colleges and universities One distinctive derives from CIU s longstanding emphasis on global mission A second consists of the program s ethical and values based perspective A third distinctive focuses on practical skills that can immediately make

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/labor-day-christian-perspective (2016-01-26)
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  • CIU Alumnus to Pastor Church in former Barbeque Restaurant | Columbia International University
    When Pastor Steve Jones and his congregation open their new church on Virginia s Eastern Shore visitors will be welcomed with a free plate of barbeque That may not seem too unusual to the community The church is meeting in a former barbeque restaurant Jones who graduated from Columbia International University in 1976 says he hopes the church will attract people who may not normally feel comfortable in a traditional

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/ciu-alumnus-pastor-church-former-barbeque-restaurant (2016-01-26)
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  • Director of CIU’s Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies to receive Lifetime of Service Award | Columbia International University
    2013 Lifetime of Service award from Missio Nexus at the group s annual conference in Dallas Fort Worth Sept 19 21 Missio Nexus unifies mission agencies in their fulfillment of The Great Commission of Jesus to spread the Christian faith around the world Missio Nexus leaders say the Lifetime of Service Award affirms the value of finishing well and celebrates the faithfulness of God as evidenced in a life of service to the cause of global mission Rankin served for 23 years on the mission field followed by 17 years as president of the International Mission Board IMB of the Southern Baptist Convention until his retirement in 2010 Since then he has served as the director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at CIU The Zwemer Center offers in depth courses on Islam and fosters dialogue and research on topics related to Islam Rankin also serves a member of the CIU Board of Trustees Rankin says he is overwhelmed at being selected for the award noting God s providence during his 40 years with the IMB We experienced unprecedented growth and global impact during my 17 years as president Rankin said We were able to lead in a restructuring

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/director-ciu%E2%80%99s-zwemer-center-muslim-studies-receive-lifetime-service-award (2016-01-26)
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  • CIU Alumna Laura Story "Comes Home" for Concert | Columbia International University
    love touring with Josie far more than I ever did without her I was a little scared at first but now I can t imagine doing it without her It s a beautiful thing to be on mission as a family for the cause of Christ Many people remember that your song Blessings was written following the trials that came with your husband s health problems related to a brain tumor How is Martin s health these days Laura Martin is doing well In some ways he s getting better each day even though we haven t seen much change in his health in a few years Martin continues to learn new ways to cope with his disability and is finding healing in the promises of God We pray daily for complete healing but we are learning that God s plan is different than we may have expected and we re learning to trust Him in the midst of it Are you able to tell us what songs you ll be performing at The Glorious Unfolding concert in Columbia Anything from your new album A God of Every Story Laura I m sure I ll play Blessings my new single I Can Just Be Me maybe Indescribable I am more excited about this album than I ve ever been about any other collection of songs so it will be hard to pick just one or two to sing How does it feel to be asked to tour with Steven Curtis Chapman Laura Steven is someone I ve gotten to know over the past few years and I can tell you this He is the real deal More than just a Christian music veteran and a brilliant songwriter he is a man after God s heart a loving father and husband

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/ciu-alumna-laura-story-comes-home-concert (2016-01-26)
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  • Campus Improvements – Original Cafeteria Comes Down | Columbia International University
    purpose and more The building most recently known as The Distance Ed Building came crashing down in a matter of hours as a demolition crew that could be heard across campus smashed the ceilings and the walls bit by bit being careful not to damage Shortess Chapel right next door The building housed the original cafeteria but was also more recently the home of the Business Office and the Copy Center It served a variety of purposes over the years as well A few longtime staff members stood by and watched the demolition sharing memories of the building and noting its versatility over the last 40 plus years Tammy Tumey who works in the Registrar s Office remembers the building having a loading dock where goods were delivered for a campus community co op No matter the weather once a month I spent a Thursday night with a crew of others bagging each order Tumey recalled It was a great place for staff and student families to get to know each other David Morrison the former general manager of CIU radio station WMHK says when he first came to Columbia in 1975 one of the CIU fringe benefits was a

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/campus-improvements-%E2%80%93-original-cafeteria-comes-down (2016-01-26)
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