Daily Archives: February 14, 2012

Community Christian School students rally to help family

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Special to Inside The Pew

Community Christian School’s Student Leadership Institute’s director, Judy Klein, saw a need in a former student of hers and CCS graduate, Ryan McLeod.

Ryan McLeod, now a Beaumont firefighter, has a 4-year-old son, Racer, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.  Because of the

Ryan McLeod, left, and his family are blessed with donation for son, Racer, from Community Christian School in Orange.

severity of his illness, Racer is in need of a diabetic alert dog.

The students at Community Christian School recently went through Rachel’s Challenge and through the testimony of Rachel Scott, learned that “if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same.”

Based on Rachel’s Challenge, the students of CCS have started a Chain Reaction club and are implementing the challenge in their chapel and Student Leadership Institute program.  This week the entire school is having a “Chain Reaction” week where each day they are focusing on a different act of kindness.

Klein, as part of the Chain Reaction, wanted to show an act of kindness toward the McLeod family.  She presented the need of the McLeod family to the student body during their chapel and they rallied together to raise money throughout one week to help with the purchase of the diabetic alert dog.  The students were impacted by the need of the 4-year boy and raised $1, 500. Together with the money raised by Community Christian School in Orange and the money raised by the community and surrounding areas at the benefit at Precision Autobody in Nederland on Feb. 11, the McLeod family now has the money to receive a diabetic alert dog for Racer.

The CCS family is so blessed to be a small part of helping Racer McLeod.

Whitney Houston’s faith centered on Jesus

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By Mark Ellis
ASSIST News Service

One of the outstanding female vocalists of all time had roots in the church and continued to profess her faith in Jesus Christ until her tragic death at age 48.

“Our hearts are broken,” Pastor Joe A. Carter said Sunday, before a packed service at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., where Houston’s inspired gift was first recognized. “How saddened we are at the death of one of the greatest voices of the modern age.”

Houston began to sing with the church’s junior gospel choir at age 11. Years later, her mother, Cissy Houston, is still a devoted

Whitney Houston sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV in 1991.

member of the church.

“I’ll never forget her right here standing at the New Hope Church, hearing her sing, ‘He Would Not Come Down,’” Pastor Carter said, “hearing her sing the praises of Jesus Christ.”

In a rare appearance on “Primetime” Dec. 4, 2002 with Diane Sawyer, Houston revealed her struggle to overcome drug addiction, which involved a spiritual battle for her heart. Houston admitted she had used alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and pills in the past, but said the biggest “devil” was not the drugs, but herself.

“It’s my heart. It’s what I desire, what I want and what I don’t want. Nobody makes me do anything. I’m my best friend and my worst enemy,” she confessed.

In the interview, she admitted that drug use brought her close to death’s door. “I got as close as it gets, but I know people who have come closer,” she said.

Sawyer pressed the pop diva to say her “bad days” were behind her. “I know I’m on the right path because I’m back home where I started,” Houston said. “I can’t tell you it’s all going to be perfect.”

“I can tell you I’m not self-destructive,” she continued. “I’m not a person who wants to die. I’m a person who has life and wants to live.”

Then Houston opened a small window to her faith. “I pray every day,” she said. “I’m not the strongest every day but I’m not the weakest either,”Houston said.

“Pray for me as a person,” she implored, “pray for my soul, that I’m stronger. I know I’m a child of God and I know He loves me.

“Jesus loves me, this I know.”