Five Abilene Christian University students, all Nigerian, die in crash
For most of the Christian world, Sunday was a time of rejoicing about Christ's victory over death. But at Abilene Christian University (ACU), a 4,800-student school affiliated with the Churches of Christ, the reality of death still clung firm. Sunday morning, an SUV carrying five students crossed the median on Interstate 20, slid along a guardrail, hit a retaining wall, and dropped 30 feet, landing on its roof. All five, who were among ACU's 27 Nigerian students, were killed instantly. "They had been driving all night, so the speculation is they fell asleep," Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeremy Smith told the Associated Press.
"I don't have any real easy words to tell you tonight," ACU provost Dwayne VanRheenen said at an impromptu campus vigil Sunday night. "We know nothing we can say or do can take away the sorrow or discomfort, but we know we can pray together. … Five precious people are gone and we will miss them dearly."
By Monday morning's chapel service, VanRheenen found his words. "As Christians we have hope, not despair," he said. "Death has a sting; it also has a victory. May all of us live in recognition that after life, comes death, and after death comes eternal life."
All five students had been involved in local ministry work, including visiting prisons and nursing homes.
Every pastor's guilty dream On Palm Sunday, Anglican minister George Wandera allegedly stormed into a service at the Baptist church in Magombe village, Uganda, and demanded to know why so many people were going to that church instead of his. He reportedly kicked and punched the Baptist pastor, Bernard Wanyama, and members of the two congregations joined in the melee. ...1
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