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David Harris and Lisa Varga David Harris will be in- pastor of the Ronceverte the Nazarene Sunday, 11, at 10:50 a.m. Dr C. the church's district for southern West cond,Jct the installation sermon. Harris, 26, is a native Ohio. He graduated (Ohio) Bible College a bachelor's degree in ministries. He is currently work on a master's in church management at Nazarene University in Illinois. He is a former ju- officer, youth coun- worker, and part-time For five years he ap- with The Travelers' DOne The Living E. Pishner the living. Sometime I will do. giving. man I have been true. Quartet, a Southern gospel group based Crum. Lisa Varga, Reverend Harris's fi- ancee', is 21 and was born in Madi- son. She graduated in 1986 from Scott High School in Madison and is now a senior at West Virginia State College in Charleston, where she is majoring in communications and television broadcasting. She also works as a model. The couple will be married June 2. Reverend Harris replaces Rever- end Ron Baker, who left Ronceverte in November to assume a pastorate in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The public is invited to the serv- ice. The church is located at 610 West Main Street, 1 1/2 blocks east of the public library. By Lula B. Collins EYES LIFTED TO THE FUTURE January is a very exciting and in- teresting time, it marks the begin- ning of a new calender year a time for planning, structuring, and goal- setting, a time for lifting our eyes and minds as the decade of the90's challenges us. A beautiful and inspiring example is found in the 13th Chapter of Genesis. Abraham has been called of God to leave his country and his kindred and journey to a place that God would show him. He accepted the challenge and went, not knowing all the things that were to fall across his path. Lot, his nephew, went along. He had flocks, herds and tents, but he was not as wealthy as Abraham. Now the land was not able to support them and there was strife between the herdsmen of Lot and the herdsmen of Abraham. This led to separation. Lot was given his choice of the land. He chose all the plain of the Jordan Valley and sepa- rated himself from Abraham. I wonder what thoughts might have passed through Abraham's mind -- a family tie broken, the best of the land is gone, a set-back. It was then, that the Lord spoke to Abram and told him to lift up his eyes and look to the north, south, east and westward "... all that you see I will give you." As Abram lifted his eyes, behold new horizons loomed before him, new visions in- spired him, new possibilities and new territory beckoned to him. You see, as he lifted his eyes his spirit and hopes were lifted also. Then Abram was told to arise, and walk, "go and take possession of what you have seen." Abram moved his tent and he moved it many times as he continued his walk through the land. There are no dead-end streets for the people who walk with the Lord. Enock walked with God, and then he was not, for God took him took him to heaven) Hob. 11:5 Amp. Bible. Stephen a deacon in the early church, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people found himself seized by the opposition. They gnashed on him with their teeth, cast him out of the city, stoned him, but he "looked up" and saw the glory of God. The heavens opened and Jesus there was standing at the right hand of God. Stephen committed his spirit to the Lord, fell asleep to wake up to an inheritance incorruptible, and un- defined, and that fadeth not away reserved in heaven. Lula Collins is the pastor of the Open Bible Church on Vago Road, Frankford. The Saints By Helen W. Searle Of the twenty-five executed Feb- In 1562 Paul Miki was born at ruary 5, 1597 three were Jesuits: Tounucumada, Japan. At the age of Paul Miki, John Goto, and James eighteen he joined the Society of Kisai. Six were Franciscans. The Jesus and became a Jesuit. He was four Spanish were Peter Baptist now a gifted preacher. Seventeen years the Patron Saint of Japan, Martin De later he was crucified for his beliefs. Aguirre, Francis Btanco and Francis Peter Baptist was born in Avila, of Saint Michael. Philip De Las Spain in 1545. At the age of tw'e~ty- Casas was Mexican and Gonzalo two he became a Franciscan. He Garcia Indian. The other seventeen worked as a missionary in Mexico were Japanese lay people including until he was sent to the Philippines a soldier, a physician, altar boys and in 1583. Ten years later, at the age six-year-old Peter and his father. of forty-eight, he was sent to Japan Each was pierced with a lance and to serve as commissary to the'Fran- crucified one by one. ciscans. From the founding of the Church A little boy named Peter was six in Japan in 1549 by Saint Francis done the living. )art have been songs. been one of giving. ,* , = years old. In the early morning hours Xavier persecution of almost 4,000 hrist lives in my heart. 1~,~ ,," , i~ I of February 5, 1597 soldiers Japanese Catholics continued for-