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Still time to enroll in ACU’s Preaching Seminar

It’s Christmas but there is still room at the inn for your favorite preacher to attend Abilene Christian University’s first Preaching Seminar Jan. 8-10 on campus in the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building. The enrollment fee is only $75 and includes four meals and all seminar materials. Sponsored by ACU’s Siburt Institute for Church Ministry, the three-day … Continued

Do you believe in Santa? David Himes does

Most of the year, David P. Himes (’70) is a direct marketing executive in Washington, D.C., who runs his own consulting practice and whose resume includes an impressive list of former and current clients – Pier 1 Imports, Procter & Gamble, American Express and Godiva Chocolatier, to name a few. But come December each year, … Continued


For the Least of These: The Badillos

After they had their fourth biological child, Tricia (Maynard ’93) Badillo and her husband, Raymond, decided their family was complete. Fast forward 10 years, though, and they’ll tell you a different story. We continue our series about Abilene Christian University alumni who have followed their hearts to adopt. Tricia is an administrator with Coppell Independent … Continued

For the Least of These: The Del Balsos

The adoption process for LaShanda (Quin ’01) and C.J. Del Balso became an opportunity for soul searching about how they would start a family and what they could offer a child. “The hardest part of the process was being honest with ourselves about what challenges we were willing and able to commit to,” LaShanda says. … Continued

For the Least of These: The Rodriguezes

Joey and Lena (Guerrero ’02) Rodriguez took a winding path toward parenthood with their share of heartbreak along the way. “We knew if we remained strong and faithful, God would restore our broken hearts,” Lena writes. Now they are the parents of three children – two adopted – and grateful for the life they lead. … Continued

For the Least of These: The Campbells

When you ask Kevin (’00) and Sarah (Leesman ’01) Campbell who their heroes are, they will tell you: the birth mothers of their two sons. “They gave us one of the greatest gifts we could ever receive on this earth, and we are truly thankful they entrusted us with their sons,” Kevin writes. We continue our series about Abilene Christian … Continued

Time, Life, SI: Wildcats have covered them all

This is Dec. 10 and it’s been 58 years – to the day – since Wildcats appeared on the front covers of Life and Time, two of the most iconic news-feature magazines in the world. Bobby Morrow and Kent Brantly, M.D., were the honorees, the first an Abilene Christian University junior who was an Olympic hero and … Continued

For the Least of These: The Mendenhalls

We continue our series about Abilene Christian University alumni who have followed their hearts to adopt, sharing the story of the Mendenhalls, whose life took a curve when they were least expecting it. Dr. Doug Mendenhall (’82) is journalist in residence and an instructor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at ACU. His wife, Janet … Continued

For the Least of These: The Joneses

When Cory (’01) and Christina (McCarty ’01) Jones prayed for God to disturb their cliché suburban lives, they weren’t expecting the answer to be three more sons. But that’s exactly what they got. The couple has three biological boys (Levi, 11; Titus, 8; and Seth, 6) and adopted three more boys (Judah, 6; Canaan, 4; … Continued

For the Least of These: The Schroeders

“We could have chosen a gender. We could have chosen a race. We could have tried to customize the details. But instead we chose to let God do the choosing. To be open to whoever God wanted to be our child. And He did good. God did SO GOOD! I wouldn’t change a thing.” – … Continued