Yearly News Archives: 2012

HPU students spread Gospel throughout the world this summer

BROWNWOOD – July 3, 2012 – Thirty-one Howard Payne University students and three recent graduates are serving the Lord and their communities this summer in various mission fields around the world. From HPU’s own community of Brownwood to foreign locations such as Nicaragua and Central Asia, students are spending their “free time” bringing others closer to God.

“I am so glad to have so many students from Howard Payne out around our state, country and across the globe, sharing the love of Jesus Christ from so many different approaches,” said Keith Platte, director of HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry. “This is a testimony of what God is doing in and among the lives of our students at Howard Payne and they can’t keep it inside. They must share what they know.”

Below is a list of students and the locations in which they are serving this summer. Please keep these students in your prayers as they do the work of the Lord.

Serving in Texas
Collin Bishop, Red Oak
Katie Rose Bonner, Poteet
Shannon Bundy, First Baptist Church of Early
Lillie Davis, Oak Hill United Methodist Church of Austin
Kegan Duncan, Sherman
Cristalyn Fitzgerald, Cedar Hill
Brittney Flores, Hurst
Allyson Gainey, Early
Trent Gainey, Early
Kyle Heidelberg, Dallas
Tyler Heidelberg, Brownwood
Philip Jorgensen, Brownwood
Emily Kunkel, Riverbend Retreat Center, Glen Rose
Becky Lamar, Van
Allie Ninedorf, Sunset
Mika Smith, Uvalde
Daniel Taylor, First Baptist Church of Florence
Katie Vernon, Springtown
Baylee Wolcott, Grapeland

Serving elsewhere in the U.S.
Carlee Linae Ammons, North and South Carolina
Marlie Austin, Orlando, Fla.
Timothy Hardy, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Virginia Beach, Va.
Allison Harp, Bend, Ore.
Rebekah Johnson, Montana
Andrew Lewis, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina
James Madsen, Kentucky
Katy McBeth, Agoura Hills, Calif.
Garrett Sadler, Aspendale, N.M.
Katie Walker, Beaverton, Ore.

Serving internationally
Monique Ching, Iraq
Sharon Jarquin, Nicaragua
Bianca Monge, Uganda
Hannah Pippen, Mexico and Philippines
Lance Rhodes, Central Asia
Additionally, one student is serving at undisclosed international locations.

If you are aware of any HPU students in the mission field this summer who are not listed here, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Communications at (325) 649-8046.

HPU’s Goacher to perform internationally throughout summer

BROWNWOOD – July 3, 2012 – Stephen Goacher, professor of music and director of Howard Payne University’s Winds of Triumph and Jazz Ensemble, has a summer of international performances ahead of him.

Goacher will play the saxophone and clarinet with the Temple Jazz Orchestra at the Montreux International Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, on July 4 and July 6.

stephen_goacher_with_sax_for_webOn July 5, the TJO will represent the United States in concert at the Great Hall of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, at the U.N. “America Appreciation Day” celebration. The next week, on July 14, they will perform in Vienna at the Reigen Jazz Club, sharing the evening’s program with legendary jazz guitarist Pat Metheny.

“I am particularly looking forward to representing the U.S.A. at the U.N. in Geneva,” Goacher said. “I have been blessed to live in the greatest country that ever existed. I will be honored to play jazz, the music that represented the American Century.”

Goacher will round out the summer as he directs Winds of Triumph in special performances throughout Paris and London in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympic Games. Winds of Triumph is one of only five American university musical groups invited to perform at the summer games.

Goacher has had a long career in both classical and jazz music. In jazz and pop music, he has performed in the orchestras of The Temptations, Henry Mancini, Bob Hope, Julie Andrews, Lena Horne, Rosemary Clooney, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis and Tommy Dorsey. In classical music, he was in the touring Broadway Orchestra for “The King and I” with Yul Brynner. He also recorded a CD as an adjunct member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and performed in Carnegie Hall with the Cincinnati Symphony.

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Photo cutline: Stephen Goacher, professor of music at HPU, has a full summer of international performances planned.

It’s not too late to register for HPU’s Young and Summer Scholars programs

BROWNWOOD – June 29, 2012 – Registration continues for Howard Payne University’s annual Young and Summer Scholars programs to be held July 16-20 from 9 a.m. to noon on HPU’s Academy of Freedom campus. Deadline for registration is July 9, and an online registration form is available on the HPU homepage at www.hputx.edu.

y_and_s_scholars_logoThe programs, for students in first through sixth grades, will feature innovative instruction in a variety of subjects, including music for the younger students and robotics for the older students. In honor of the election year, the theme for this year’s programs is “Star-Spangled Students.”

“I’m very excited about this year’s Young and Summer Scholars programs,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs. Welker is the chair of the Department of Communication and professor of communication at HPU. “We have revamped our curriculum and are offering new subject matter and a new schedule.”

Young Scholars is designed for children entering first through third grades. The campers will receive instruction in music, history, reading and physical education. In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, computer graphics, reading, history and physical education. In keeping with this year’s theme, both groups will study the presidential election and the Electoral College.

“We are pleased to offer robotics as one of our Summer Scholar subjects this year,” Welker said. “This has been a popular extracurricular activity in area schools. Students will get hands-on practice programming the robots.”

Cost for the Young and Summer Scholars programs is $100 per student and includes a souvenir, snacks and supplies.

“We have an outstanding slate of educators – both from the university and area schools – all of whom are experts in their fields,” Welker said. “We look forward to providing quality education for kids in a fun, summer-camp environment at HPU. We want students to be challenged, learn something new and have a great time.”

For more information about the Young and Summer Scholars programs, contact Dr. Welker at (325) 649-8508 or via e-mail at jwelker@hputx.edu. You can also join the Facebook group by searching for “Young and Summer Scholars” on www.facebook.com.

HPU education students visit London schools

BROWNWOOD – June 25, 2012 – Nine Howard Payne University education students recently returned from a trip to London where they visited schools to compare the Texas and London education systems.

education_students_at_kensington_palace_for_webThe group visited Knollmead Primary School and Chessington Community College, a college prep school, both in the Royal Borough of Kingston.

“Our trip provided education students the opportunity to experience another educational system and discover common techniques and strategies as well as appreciate distinct differences,” said Lauren Kirk, instructor of education.

At the schools, HPU students met and observed British students of all ages. Older students from Chessington answered questions posed by the HPU group, resulting in lively discussions.

“While at Chessington we were also able to visit with a student teacher and compare her university experience as a prospective teacher to what our students do at Howard Payne,” Kirk said.

According to Dr. Mitzi Lehrer, assistant professor of education at HPU, the group noticed many differences in education in America and England.

“At Knollmead, several observations were made by our students,” Lehrer said. “The students all wear uniforms, there is much activity in the classrooms and not many textbooks in sight and, even in the very cool spring, the students have 10 weeks of swimming in an outside heated pool.”

The HPU group also had the opportunity to see the sites in and around London.

“London is a logical choice of traveling abroad because of the common language,” Lehrer said. “Another attraction of London is the wonderful historic sites we visited: Westminster Abbey, Greenwich, Hampton Court Palace, Imperial War Museum, Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum, Kensington Palace and the London Eye. We also traveled to Bath and toured the Roman Baths which are more than 2,000 years old.”

HPU students on the trip included Tonie Contreras, a May graduate from Early; Maddie Daugherty, a senior from Temple; Aimee Gow, a senior from Iowa Park; Kyle Heidelberg, a senior from Rowlett; Lori Horn, a senior from Granbury; Alisha Locklear, a May graduate from Bertram; Tiffany Minshew, a May graduate from Brownwood; Bianca Monge, a senior from Fort Worth; and Steffanie Sharp, a senior from Early. Trip sponsors included Kirk; Lehrer; and Brenda McLendon Alexander, senior vice president for finance and administration, and husband, Eddie Alexander.

“Professors Lehrer and Kirk did an outstanding job leading this international study abroad opportunity,” said Dr. Michael Rosato, dean of the School of Education. “Our students experienced first-hand the similarities and differences between the two educational systems. This is yet another tangible example of the high-quality instructional opportunities Howard Payne University students can experience.”

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Photo cutline: HPU students visited Kensington Palace while in London. Pictured are, from left, Alisha Locklear, Lauren Kirk, Tiffany Minshew, Tonie Contreras, Steffanie Sharp, Bianca Monge, Lori Horn, Maddi Daugherty, Aimee Gow, Kyle Heidelberg and Dr. Mitzi Lehrer.

Spirited HPU football prop donated to Sidney I.S.D.

BROWNWOOD – June 22, 2012 – Howard Payne University recently donated a large, inflatable football helmet, used at home football games, to the Sidney Independent School District. Sidney, a rural community in Comanche County, has a six-man football team.

helmet_for_webThe helmet will be repainted and used at Sidney football games.

“We appreciate the donation and look forward to using it on Friday nights,” said Greg Bowden, Sidney superintendent. “Some of our players have seen it and are excited about it. We also look forward to taking our students to some HPU games as well.”

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Photo cutlines: The helmet, shown in use at an HPU football game, was recently donated to Sidney I.S.D.

Roger Geise (left), HPU’s head football coach, meets with Greg Bowden, superintendent of Sidney I.S.D.

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Howard Payne University graduates 145 at Commencement in May

BROWNWOOD – June 20, 2012 – Howard Payne University graduated 145 students at its Commencement ceremony at the close of the spring 2012 semester. Dr. Bill Ellis, university president; Dr. David L. Lowrie, Jr., chairman of HPU’s Board of Trustees; and other university administrators conferred the degrees.

Graduates include:

Amarillo
Justin Bryant – Bachelor of Science in business administration, summa cum laude

Aquilla
Benny Worley – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

Aransas Pass
Roy Lindley – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Argyle
Amanda Jenkins – Bachelor of Science in business administration and exercise and sport science, summa cum laude

Arlington
Joshua Dada – Associate in Health Science in health sciences

Atascosa
Kelsey Scott – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Austin
Marshall Simpson – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education

Azle
Matthew Muehlen – Bachelor of Science in biology, magna cum laude
Kayla Scott – Bachelor of Science in mathematics, summa cum laude

Bangs
Tina Fuentes – Bachelor of Science in business administration, cum laude
Theron Parson – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice
Lindsay Perez – Master of Education in instructional leadership
Amanda Wilburn – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), summa cum laude

Bardwell
Nathan Berneking – Bachelor of Arts in general psychology

Baytown
Brian Asp – Bachelor of Business Administration in management (marketing emphasis)

Beaumont
Roshonda Gayden – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Belton
Elizabeth Graham – Bachelor of Science in Academy of Freedom, political science/public policy and business administration, summa cum laude

Benbrook
Jennifer Crawford – Bachelor of Business Administration in business administration (management specialization)

Bertram
Alisha Locklear – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), summa cum laude

Big Lake
Brit Campbell – Bachelor of Science in social studies composite, cum laude

Blanket
Tyler Harkey – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (counseling/clinical)

Bloomfield, N.M.
Jeremy Johnson – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems
Skyler Maley – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

Brownwood
Kyle Berry – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Aaron Bowen – Bachelor of Arts in English/language arts (grade 8-12)
Richard Cartwright – Bachelor of Arts in Christian studies (Bible specialization)
Bradley Cloud – Bachelor of Arts in social work
Amary Doremus – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies
Hannah Gramling – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, summa cum laude
Holly Hawkins – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (family psychology)
Kacey Humphries – Bachelor of Science in biology
Ashley Jaynes – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies
Cory Langford – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (system development)
Sarah Langford – Bachelor of Science in standard chemistry and mathematics, magna cum laude
Jose Lopez – Bachelor of Arts in music (instrumental)
Jay Maddox – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical)
Ashley McLaughlin – Bachelor of Arts in art communication
Tiffany Minshew – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 4)
Adrian Norway – Bachelor of Science in biology, summa cum laude
Kristina Owen – Master of Education in instructional leadership
Chelsey Revay – Bachelor of Science in English/language arts (grade 8-12), summa cum laude
Matthew Roddam – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, cum laude
Kayla Seiley – Bachelor of Business Administration in business administration (management specialization)
Abby Selman – Bachelor of Arts in English, summa cum laude
Joshua Sheffield – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (system development)
Jessica Switzer – Bachelor of Arts in English/language arts (grade 4-8)
Ashley Unger – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies
Nathan Willingham – Bachelor of Arts in communication (public and media)

Burleson
Stephanie Stokes – Bachelor of Arts in Academy of Freedom, political science/public policy and English

Burnet
Lindsey Gholson – Bachelor of Science in general psychology, summa cum laude

Carrollton
Jaime Benitez – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Clifton
Caitlin Bergren – Bachelor of Arts in art communication

Clinton, N.Y.
Kara Keeley – Bachelor of Science in general psychology and social work

Comanche
Lindsey Hardin – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing
Jarrett Isbell – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing
Elizabeth Miffleton – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (counseling/clinical) and criminal justice
Zachary Varner – Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems, summa cum laude

Combine
Tayler Jones – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite

Conroe
Chelsea Harris – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (family psychology)

Copperas Cove
Jhonoven Pati – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice

Corpus Christi
Adam Hardy – Bachelor of Arts in Academy of Freedom, political science and biblical languages, summa cum laude
Corey Wigger – Bachelor of Arts in Bible

Crosby
Kaylyn Griswold – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood – grade 4), summa cum laude

Crowley
Amber Schroepfer – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

Decatur
Rachel Blankenship – Bachelor of Arts in general psychology

Del Rio
Hannah Pippen – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies

Early
Tonie Contreras – Bachelor of Arts in English/language arts (grade 4-8), cum laude
Jennifer Crowder – Bachelor of Science in general psychology
Mallory Drew – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Luke Kilmartin – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

El Paso
Candace Cook – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration
Daniel Hernandez – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology
Alyssa Jones – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)
Iban Torres – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration) and business administration

Euless
Danielle Van Eeden – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, summa cum laude

Florence
Hunter Taylor – Bachelor of Science in biology

Floresville
Clayton Garcia – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

Fort Worth
James Madsen – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education, cum laude

Frisco
Christopher Day – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education

Garland
Julia Hironaga – Bachelor of Music in music performance (piano concentration), summa cum laude

Gatesville
Sarah McKamie – Bachelor of Science in biology, cum laude
Chance Taylor – Bachelor of Business Administration in management (marketing emphasis)

Georgetown
Jessica Bailey – Bachelor of Science in biology
Laura Davidson – Bachelor of Science in Academy of Freedom and political science, summa cum laude
Douglas Newton – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Granbury
Ruth Morris – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice

Harlingen
Gayle White – Master of Education in instructional leadership

Howe
Talitha Cook – Bachelor of Music in music/instrumental (all-level certification)

Huntsville
Josiah Bone – Bachelor of Science in social studies composite

Idalou
Aaron Alvarado – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Iowa Park
Garrett Boland – Bachelor of Science in biology

Johnson City
John Goodwin – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting

Katy
Melissa Meerkatz – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry and general psychology

Killeen
Demetrius Cody – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice
Lorenzo Green – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Korhnill, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Monique Ching – Bachelor of Arts in communication (public and media), magna cum laude

Kyle
Hannah Urbach – Bachelor of Arts in communication (public and media)

Lake Creek
Jacie Vaughn – Bachelor of Science in mathematics (grade 4-8), summa cum laude

Lantana
Julie Cook – Master of Education in instructional leadership

Las Cruces, N.M.
Kathryn Riley – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies, magna cum laude

Leander
Nathaniel Pepe – Bachelor of Science in business administration, magna cum laude

Lexington
Tabitha McBride – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies, summa cum laude

Lipan
Justin Southall – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

Lubbock
Amanda Hendrix – Bachelor of Science in art (all-level certification)

Marlin
Mark Jimenez – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Mesquite
Chandler Raine – Bachelor of Arts in Academy of Freedom and political science/prelaw, magna cum laude

Midland
Alyshia Harter – Bachelor of Arts in social work
Alexis Wilburn – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (psychology and ministry)

Midlothian
Lauren Hatcher – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), summa cum laude
Emily Nutt – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), cum laude

North Richland Hills
Zachary Howell – Bachelor of Business Administration in management (marketing emphasis)

Oak Point
Cory Edwards – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Ovilla
Allison Harp – Bachelor of Arts in art communication and Spanish, magna cum laude

Palestine
Meredith Farley – Bachelor of Arts in social work, summa cum laude

Plano
Ruth Goode – Bachelor of Arts in Academy of Freedom, political science and family studies, summa cum laude

Rapid City, S.D.
Christopher O’Donnell – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Red Oak
Brittney Robinson – Bachelor of Arts in social work, summa cum laude

Rising Star
Herminia Rodriguez – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (all-level certification)

Round Rock
Michael George – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry, summa cum laude
Jessica Kerr – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Rowlett
Jordan Hammontree – Bachelor of Business Administration in business administration (marketing specialization), magna cum laude
Rebecca Reid – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood – grade 4), summa cum laude

San Angelo
Amanda Burley – Bachelor of Science in mathematics and art communication, magna cum laude

San Antonio
Jacob Galan – Bachelor of Business Administration in business administration (management specialization)
Leah Gonzalez – Bachelor of Science in social work, cum laude

Santa Anna
Tona Holland – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), summa cum laude
Samuel Vasquez – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Santo
Cody Gilbert – Bachelor of Arts in English/language arts (grade 8-12)

Severna Park, Md.
Emily Lewis – Bachelor of Arts in family studies, cum laude

Sonora
Kimble Luna – Bachelor of Science in family studies

Springtown
Kristin Hammond – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)
Austin Smith – Bachelor of Arts in English/language arts (grade 8-12)

Stanton
Kandace Schuelke – Bachelor of Science in biology, magna cum laude

Temple
Holden Barrett – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Kara Cheney – Bachelor of Science in life science (grade 8-12)

Tennessee Colony
Callie Ellis – Bachelor of Arts in Academy of Freedom and political science/international studies, summa cum laude

Texarkana
Brittany Johnson – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Thorndale
Brandon Irwin – Bachelor of Business Administration in business administration (management specialization), cum laude

Tyler
Christopher Lee – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Uvalde
Jonathan Graham – Bachelor of Business Administration in business administration (finance specialization), cum laude

Van Alstyne
Elizabeth Meynig – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Waco
Holly Lathern – Bachelor of Music in music (piano pedagogy and accompanying)

Weatherford
Brian Cunningham – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting

Wills Point
Cassie Emerson – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), summa cum laude

Zephyr
Ciera Culpepper – Bachelor of Arts in family studies, summa cum laude

Students must have a 3.55-3.69 grade-point average to graduate cum laude; a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate magna cum laude; and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate summa cum laude.

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HPU summer camps keep university busy

BROWNWOOD – June 13, 2012 – Though summer is underway, a variety of camps and programs at Howard Payne University will keep the campus hopping. Approximately 2,300 campers, most of whom are visitors to the university, are expected to be on campus throughout June and July.

“We are overjoyed with the opportunity to introduce newcomers to the Howard Payne campus,” said Debbie Childs, facilities coordinator at HPU. “This will be their home away from home while they are here.”

camp_staff_for_webIn addition to band, athletic and church camps, HPU will host the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Super Summer. The program is a leadership training opportunity for Christian young people who are interested in advancing their personal spiritual growth and want to know more about sharing Christ with others.

Several camps for younger students will be held at HPU, including HPU’s Young Scholars and Summer Scholars day camps for students entering first-sixth grades and CentriKid Camp for students in third-sixth grades.

HPU students will facilitate most of the camps.

“Our students enjoy their roles with the summer camps,” said Childs. “It is a way for them to see HPU in a new light, away from the classroom, and an opportunity for them to minister to younger students.”

For more information about the activities on campus this summer, contact the Office of University Marketing and Communications at (325) 649-8009.

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Photo cutline: HPU students such as Ashley Krueger (left) and Karla Kalantar facilitate most of the camps.

HPU alumni help heal Iraqi hearts

BROWNWOOD – June 4, 2012 – Monique Ching, an international student from Hong Kong who recently graduated from Howard Payne University, is serving as an intern for Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC) in Iraq. PLC, founded in 2007 by HPU alumni Jeremy and Jessica (Bond) Courtney, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the more than 30,000 children awaiting lifesaving heart surgery.

ching_and_courtneys_for_webIn her final semester at HPU, Ching raised financial support to fund the two-month internship with PLC. As an intern she will primarily tell stories through writing and videography as well as do general office administrative work.

According to PLC, as a result of war, sanctions and internal strife, Iraq’s medical infrastructure is in shambles and the children are paying the price. PLC hosts international teams of professional doctors and nurses who perform surgeries while also helping to train the local Iraqi doctors. PLC’s mission is to develop six to eight fully-functioning heart centers in Iraq capable of helping the many children awaiting heart surgery. To date, the organization has helped save the lives of more than 230 Iraqi children and provided local doctors with more than 60,000 hours of hands-on training.

The Courtneys feel their HPU education was valuable to their current work.

“Looking back, Howard Payne’s emphasis on servant leadership prepared us for situations like this,” said Jessica Courtney. “Working in war-torn cities with desperate moms and dads trying to get help for their children can be exhausting. It demands flexibility and a constant outpouring of grace. God used people at HPU to begin teaching us this before we even knew we’d be moving to Iraq.”

Were it not for the strong ties the Courtneys still maintain with HPU, Ching says she would never have found out about this opportunity to make a difference.

“I heard about Preemptive Love and its lifesaving work my first semester at HPU, but I never thought I would have the opportunity to be a part of its work,” Ching said. “You hear about so much conflict in this part of the world, but it’s humbling to be a part of an organization that is working toward healing this community.”

Said Jeremy Courtney, “We’ve been blessed by a number of HPU organizations and Brownwood churches who have donated their time and money in order to save lives and provide hope across Iraq. Amazing HPU students like Monique have been instrumental to our success!”

To learn more about Ching’s summer abroad, e-mail her at monique@preemptivelove.org. For more information about the Preemptive Love Coalition, visit www.preemptivelove.org.

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Photo cutline: HPU alumni (from left) Monique Ching, Jessica Courtney and Jeremy Courtney are working toward healing the Iraqi community.