16 , 2004
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- “Thank you, God!”—A
survivor’s account of the Madrid train bombings
the secularized, post-modern European
- General Assembly Advance Team to Indy
- NYI Bible Quiz tournament quickly approaching
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Story for the Week of April 16, 2004
you, God!”—A survivor’s account of the Madrid train
Madrid—On March 11, 2004, 10 bombs ripped through four trains in
Madrid, Spain during the morning rush hour commute. This terrorist act
killed 191 people and injuring approximately 1,800 others. On board a
Madrid train that morning were seven students from ECA, a nearby school
for missionary kids (MK’s). Included among those seven was Gracie,
a sixth grade MK. The following is Gracie’s testimony about that
morning, in her own words:
“Oh no! I said to myself, half yawning. I’d better dress up
now. It was a normal Thursday. There was nothing special, besides African
Day at school. Remind me to do your hair in school,” my sister said.
I dressed up quickly. I noticed no one was in their rooms. My parents’
room was empty!
right, my mom’s gone to Turkey,” I said to myself. My dad
came back from the airport and we quickly ate our breakfast.
After that, the Princes, my sister, and I were driven to the train station.
I sat down on one on the empty seats of the train, quietly. Several minutes
later our train stopped.
“There is probably a minor problem with the engine,” I thought.
I heard the sound of Josh’s mobile phone. “Diga (Tell me),”
said Josh. He had a worried look in his face. “Ok, thanks, bye.”
heard the front door open. The conductor came in saying, “Everyone,
get out of this train right now!”
Our group of six people got together. We had no idea what was going on
but we kept walking. “I want to know what happened,” Raquel
commented. So did I. I was so anxious. My sister called my dad, telling
him to pick us up.
group walked forward, very confused. Suddenly, a cry of pain swept through
the air. Other cries joined in. We solemnly walked toward the cries.
Then I saw what I never planned to see. A man’s pants were ripped
thoroughly. His legs were drenched in blood. Thoughtless in that moment,
I raised my eyes to see his eyes that pleaded for help. His pain was so
deep that he couldn’t even cry. I felt more and more uncomfortable
with every step and every movement I made. My sister tried to cover my
eyes, but wherever I looked there were either dead or injured people.
My gaze turned to the source of this tragedy—a wrecked train that
was open on both sides. It was surrounded by a band of policemen. I was
totally speechless. I didn’t have any feelings then. Everything
became solemn, dull, and dark. On the tracks lay dead people. One of them
was lying with a backpack covering his head. I flinched as I continued
to walk. I saw terrible scenes that I’ll never forget.
I walked faster as I reached the exit of the terrible “passage.”
Once we were outside, my sister said a three-word sentence that I’ll
never forget: “Thank you, God!” I nodded with a slight smile
on my face.
“Thank you, God!” I repeated to myself. I was glad I was safe.
We walked away from the tragedy after my sister talked to my father on
the phone again. Out of every word my sister said, she didn’t mention
the bomb. My father agreed to meet us next to a fountain.
We walked toward the fountain and waited, but my father never came. We
notice that people were running away from the train station. Threats of
bombs caused us to run just as they did. After we ran, we still couldn’t
find my father. As we continued waiting, we heard no sound of another
my father appeared with our car. We all cramped in and heard more news
on the radio. I realized that I had only left one minute after the train
in another station exploded. I was actually in between two explosions!
I couldn’t believe that I was in a miracle. In my head I repeated
the same words my sister said after the incident.
At last, we reached school without a scratch. People knew what happened,
but they ridiculed the event. Some of them created “funny”
stories about it. Although this happened, those images reappeared and
it was extremely hard to concentrate.
came back home and embraced my dad. He had seen the repetitive news of
the occurrence on our TV. I checked my Emails and was surprised to read
concerns from others because they heard the news of the bombings. I was
encouraged and comforted through the calls and Emails that so many people
sent to us.
Even to this day I feel insecurity around strangers, but a stronger confidence
in God in me. Through this event I pray that God will open the doors of
the unbelievers in Spain.
have seen how God has united Spain though this. My only request is that
you pray for Spain—the victims, the love ones of the dead, and the
unbelievers that need God’s help. Thank you.
included the following verse:]
I will exalt you, Oh Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and
did not let my enemies gloat over me. Oh Lord my God, I called to you
for help and you healed me. Oh Lord, you brought me you from the rave;
you spared me from going down into the pit... O Lord my God, I will give
thanks to you forever. Psalm 30
All seven of the ECA students were uninjured in the bombings.]
the secularized, post-modern European
Büsingen, Switzerland—European Nazarene College’s (EuNC)
annual Leadership Conference was held earlier this year with the theme,
"Reaching Secularized, Post-Modern Europeans." Olivet Nazarene
University President John Bowling serving as special speaker for the event.
Conference presentations included dramas, papers, lectures, and discussions
about the past, present, and future of European society. The general thought
emerging from the conference was that Europe is transitioning into a post-modern
culture where a person's sense of belonging and acceptance is desired
more than a scientific analysis of belief and doctrine.
The conference, along with the worship, devotions, and fellowship, combined
to form a memorable week for the college and the participants. Next year's
conference will be held from January 24-27, 2005.
more information about EuNC, visit www.EuNC.edu.
Assembly Advance Team to Indy
Indianapolis—Nearly 40 representatives from Nazarene International
Headquarters and Nazarene educational institutions scoured the city of
Indianapolis, Indiana this week looking for innovative ways to serve the
35,000-plus guests and visitors to General Assembly 2005.
The city and the Nazarenes have a long and friendly
relationship. City convention bureau personnel continually roll out the
red carpet to Nazarenes with efficient, courteous service. The city has
invested heavily in its center infrastructure, opening new hotels and
refurbishing existing services.
Simultaneously, the 2005 General Assembly Arrangements
Committee met to review details surrounding service schedules and exhibit
hall configurations, as well as to recommend new features to attract guests
and visitors. Jack Stone, General Secretary/Headquarters Operations Officer,
convened a meeting Tuesday, April 14 in which various themes, logistics,
and innovative responses could be considered.
The opening service for the 2005 General Assembly
is set for Thursday evening, June 23, 2005 with Nazarene Missions International
(NMI) General Director Nina Gunter speaking. Following the precedent of
previous General Assemblies, the NMI General Convention will be the first
public service of the Conventions and Auxiliaries. On Friday night, June
24, 2005, the service will feature a Nazarene Youth International (NYI)
emphasis, with General Superintendent James H. Diehl speaking. Sunday
School Ministries will be featured in the Saturday evening service on
June 25, 2005, with General Superintendent Paul G. Cunningham speaking.
General Assembly officially opens with the traditional worship service
and the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday morning,
June 26, 2005. General Superintendent Jim L. Bond will serve as preacher
and celebrant for the service. The schedule continues with General Superintendents
W. Talmadge Johnson speaking Sunday evening, Jerry D. Porter on Monday
evening, and Jesse C. Middendorf Tuesday evening.
Bible Quiz tournament quickly approaching
Bourbonnais—Filling the gap between the Nazarene Youth Conference
and General Assembly major quizzing tournaments is Q2004 - Living The
Word - a Nazarene Youth International (NYI) quiz event focusing not only
on studying the Word, but living it out.
biannual event, open to local, district, and regional teams, both experienced
and novice, serves as an opportunity to show quizzers how bible quizzing
is changing the lives of youth around the world.
to NYI, this is the ninth General Bible Quiz (GBQ) over the last 18 years.
NYI has seen each one grow in quality and participation over that time.
GBQ offers a chance for youth to develop new friendships, live the Word
in action, and compete. Detail plans include devotions, worship, competition,
fellowship, late-night fun, and ministry.
Quizzer Scholarships will be available and representatives from all the
Nazarene College/Universities will be present at the event.
coaches and leaders will have planned opportunities to meet with national
and regional NYI leadership, talk with Barefoot Ministries and YouthQuiz.com
personnel, as well as share and mentor each other.
NYI reports quiz teams from the each region of
the United States are beginning to sign up, as well as teams from Canada
will be held June 22-26, 2004 on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University
in Bourbonnais, Illinois. For more information, please see the web site
and click on “main page.”
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South America - www.samnazarene.org
USA/Canada - www.usamission.org
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Balogh receives prestigious national and regional awards
Mount Vernon—Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) senior soccer
player Cheryl Balogh was recently honored with three awards: a Regents
Graduate/Professional Fellowship, the National Christian College Athletic
Association's Michelle Akers/Wittnauer Award, and the 2004 Woody Hayes
National Scholar-Athlete Award.
of the Regents Fellows may receive a maximum of $3,500 each year for two
years of graduate or graduate professional study. The award is contingent
on enrollment in an eligible Ohio graduate program no later than fall
term of 2004-05 academic year.
Michelle Akers/Wittnauer Award is the highest annual honor given by the
NCCAA to the most outstanding female soccer player in the nation. The
recipient must possess a vital Christian testimony, exhibit leadership
and participate in several service activities. The award is named after
the former team captain of the United States National women's soccer team
and Olympic gold medalist.
The Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award
is given annually to one male and female student athlete in Division I,
Division II or NAIA, and Division III for achievement in that individual's
respective sport, excellence in the classroom and service to others.
Balogh is a double major in exercise studies and
sports management. She is the daughter of Brian and Linda Balogh of Lima,
Ohio, and will graduate in May 2004.
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