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2003 PE Report

Americans find comfort in ‘nesting,’ but connecting is another matter (December 22, 2002)

Viewer discretion advised: Reality-based programs stoop to new low (December 15, 2002)

A/G among fastest growing faith groups (December 8, 2002)

Christians play crucial role in foster care (November 24, 2002)

A/G churches remember with outreaches (November 17, 2002)

Elderly face added woes from credit card debt (November 10, 2002)

PE Kidz News from BGMC (October 27, 2002)

Cyber-evangelists find innovative ways to share gospel (October 20, 2002)

Risks, stigma accompany wearing of tattoos (October 13, 2002)

Women lead on-campus ministries (September 29, 2002)

Tobacco, alcohol, gambling industries find underage Internet client base (September 22, 2002)

Marijuana, cocaine have abusive company: Ecstasy, meth and prescription painkillers (September 15, 2002)

September 11: A day that changed American Christians forever (September 8, 2002)

Congress, courts clash over Internet filtering issue (August 25, 2002)

People with disabilities bless churches (August 18, 2002)

Short-term youth binges can result in long-term habit (August 11, 2002)

Christians aim to preserve traditional marriage (July 28, 2002)

Payback time: Christian volunteers motivated to give back to community (July 21, 2002)

Urban training centers minister
to ever-growing population
(July 14, 2002)

E-mail rumors dupe multitudes, hurt credibility (June 30, 2002)

Not so innocent: PG-13 films increasingly push sex, language limits (June 23, 2002)

Skipping church: Why are some Americans staying home on Sunday? (June 16, 2002)

Fudge fellowship: Pastor's wife treats tavern clientele (June 9, 2002)

Persevering nomadic church finally reaches promised land (May 26, 2002)

Tragedy brings A/G church, community closer to God (May 19, 2002)

Couples find God's calling in adopting, raising children (May 12, 2002)

A/G chaplain ministers to women in maximum-security prison (April 28, 2002)

Youth center offers alternative to teens (April 21, 2002)

A week without television (April 14, 2002)

Technological know-how aids San Jose church outreach (March 31, 2002)

Cincinnati racial reconciliation brings inner peace to inner city (March 24, 2002)

District's fund-raising efforts aid pastors planting churches (March 17, 2002)

GED program an effective ministry (March 10, 2002)

Building relationshipis at heart of women's ministries outreach (February 24, 2002)

Single-minded devotion: Unmarried ranks offer ministry opportunities (February 17, 2002)

Bethany College honors black minister pioneer (February 10, 2002)

A/G quarterback wins Unitas Award (January 27, 2002)

Camp Melody plants song of love in boys' hearts (January 20, 2002)

Pastor breaks giving record after 10 days atop billboard (January 13, 2002)

2001 News Digest stories

2000 News Digest stories

Assemblies of God QB wins Unitas Award

(January 27, 2002)

Fresno State senior quarterback David Carr became only the sixth college quarterback ever to throw for at least 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns while leading the Bulldogs to a nearly undefeated season and a berth in the Silicon Valley Bowl. He took one step closer to achieving his childhood dream of becoming a National Football League quarterback November 27 when he was named the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner.

David, with wife, Melody, and son, Austin, has his sights set on the NFL.

The award, named after the Baltimore Colts’ Hall of Fame quarterback, is given to the nation’s best senior college quarterback. Unitas informed Carr of his award with a phone call during a team meeting.

Growing up, Carr attended Liberty Christian Center (Assemblies of God) in Bakersfield, Calif., a church pastored by his grandfather, David Joyner. Carr, who stands 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 225 pounds, stayed active in church and maintained his love and discipline for football, while incorporating his faith into both.

Carr is hard to miss among his teammates because of the way he lives. Before Carr’s first start versus Ohio State, his grandfather was invited into the team’s chapel. "There were only seven players and one coach," Joyner says. "Now those numbers have blossomed because they have seen David’s life and they know that he lives what he talks about." Joyner says that Carr’s convictions are precise and his actions are clean.

Carr met his wife, Melody, who attended First Assembly of God in Bakersfield, at a youth camp in Southern California. During the football season, the Carrs, who have one son, Austin, attend People’s Church (Assemblies of God) in Fresno.

While being touted as a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, Carr knows that his faith in Jesus Christ is what has blessed him so far. "David always makes sure in every interview that he gives God credit for putting him where he is," Joyner says. "He has a strong faith in God that was instilled in him by his parents from the time he was a kid."

—Isaac Olivarez


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