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Hot-shooting Wildcats ready for CBS telecast

On the eve of its biggest home game in years, the Abilene Christian University men’s basketball team is grateful what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas. Scuffling along with a 4-6 record in late December after road losses to Tulsa, California-Riverside, Houston, Loyola-Chicago and Boise State, few fans expected head coach Joe Golding’s team to do much more than … Continued
Brandon and Lori Whitaker with their children, from left, James, 5; Jovanika, 6; and Avery, 9.

For the Least of These: The Whitakers

Brandon Whitaker (’96) and his wife, Lori, always knew they wanted to adopt but had never considered an international adoption and had certainly never considered adopting siblings. That all changed when Lori took a missions trip with her church to Haiti. Brandon tells how James and Jovanika joined their family, as we continue our series … Continued

For the Least of These: The Porters

Kevin (’99) and Rebekah (Dawes ’00) Porter knew that God had called them to adopt. “Even still, without shame, I admit that we were all scared to death,” Rebekah says. The 9-month-old twin boys they were presented for adoption had been born eight weeks premature, and because of trauma, abuse and neglect were only at … Continued

ACU Remembers: Colby McDaniel

Colby Elizabeth McDaniel, a 19-year-old freshman at Abilene Christian University, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 21, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. A memorial service was held yesterday at Altamesa Church of Christ, her hometown congregation in Fort Worth. She was born Oct. 12, 1995, and graduated in 2014 from Southwest Christian School, where she was a talented … Continued

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For the Least of These: The Laras

Mona (’05) and Joe Lara of Abilene never intended to adopt a child. “That was God’s plan,” Mona says. “Thankfully we listened to the small quiet voice urging us to open our home, and we’ve been blessed beyond measure by the gift of adoption.” Mona shares her story as we continue our series about Abilene … Continued

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For the Least of These: The Windhams

As foster parents, John (’08) and Brenna (Pittman ’06) Windham have had 14 children – and counting – come through their home. They’ve been able to adopt two of their foster children, 6-year-old Grace and 3-year-old State, and are in the process of trying to adopt two more. “We wanted to become foster parents because … Continued

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

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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