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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

Bethany College honors black minister pioneer

(February 10, 2002)

Bethany College in Scotts Valley, Calif., has dedicated a remodeled student union to Robert Harrison, a 1951 graduate and pioneer in the Assemblies of God. Harrison, the first African-American to graduate from the college, paved the way for other blacks to enter and flourish in ministry.

History celebrated: Robert Harrison, the first African-American to graduate from Bethany College, has been feted by the school.

"I knew when I came to this school there was a legacy I couldn’t mess up," Samuel Huddleston, pastor of Lighthouse Covenant Fellowship (A/G) in Benicia, Calif., told those who attended the dedication ceremony of the Harrison Student Union in November.

Harrison, an accomplished musician, ministered around the world. Throughout his ministry years he was a member of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; served as a missionary in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia; recorded several gospel albums; and wrote a book, When God Was Black. Those who know him best spoke of his humility, dedication, grace and love for others.

"God looked for a man and Bob Harrison responded to the call," said Cynthia Smith, pastor of Radiant Life Ministries Center in Pittsburg, Calif., and representative of the A/G’s National Black Fellowship. "He spent his life not only serving, but has been a constant encouragement to men and women to take up the cross of Christ."

Smith, on behalf of the NBF, and several others presented contributions toward an endowment fund named in Harrison’s honor that will provide scholarships to black students at Bethany who plan on entering the ministry.

"With his remarkable talent, he demonstrated how to communicate God’s love across boundaries of age, culture, race and station in life," said Bethany President Everett Wilson, reading a citation from the college’s board of trustees.

Harrison, 73, was accompanied by his wife, Marilynn, and two of their five children at the ceremony. Despite battling cancer and Alzheimer’s disease in recent years, Harrison told the more than 400 gathered that he will continue to give praise to the Lord.

"This is someone whose life we want you to examine," Bethany Vice President Steve Smallwood implored students. "We want you to follow his example of service to the Lord."

For information on the Robert E. Harrison Endowment, phone Bethany College at (831) 438-3800. The school is located 90 miles south of San Francisco.

– Kirk Noonan

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