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High school ag teacher noticed FFA adviser's godly influence
CHADWICK, Mo. (BP) -- She felt like God was smiling down on her.The sequined cross on her black cap caught the sunlight as she bounced in the saddle across the dusty pasture. Katie Griffith held the reins while Hank, her sorrel quarter horse, galloped around the field, sometimes at a sprint and sometimes at a slow trot.
Though the first-year teacher in vocational agriculture and FFA adviser doesn't get to ride as much as she would like, being on her horse gives her a chance to unwind and reflect on the blessings in her life, especially her newfound peace and contentment. No more anxiety. No more fear.
"It's been the best peace of mind knowing that God has a place for me, a purpose," Griffith said. "And if it's time for me to leave this world I know that I won't be lost forever or in some dark empty space. I will be with Him. Forever."
Griffith, who teaches at Chadwick High School in southwest Missouri, grew up on a beef cattle farm and Appaloosa horse ranch in Butler, up near Kansas City. A self-proclaimed "rodeo brat," Griffith said she had a wonderful childhood and both her parents, who divorced when she was only 4 years old, were supportive in everything she chose to do, especially her mom.
But because of her family's (and later her) love of taking care of and showing livestock animals, as well as the long work hours of farm life, Griffith's Sundays as a child were spent at county fairs and horse shows rather than in a church auditorium.
"But I do think my agriculturally-minded family naturally fit in with Christianity," said Griffith, now in her early 20s. "My family always instilled in me the importance of good morals and level-headed thinking. Also, it's been sort of ingrained in me that God put animals here for a reason and that we're supposed to interact and even take care of some of them. Read More
Islamic extremism dominates persecution listWASHINGTON (BP) -- Islamic extremism, especially in Africa and the Middle East, dominates the latest annual report on global persecution of Christians. Read More
11 Sudan Christians killed, priests arrestedJUBA, South Sudan (BP) -- Heightened religious persecution in Sudan includes government bombings killing at least 11 Christians and the arrest of two Coptic Orthodox priests for baptizing a convert from Islam, Morning Star News has reported. Read More
Faith leaders pray for civility in D.C."We need first of all to quit questioning people’s motives and intent."WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land has joined a diverse group of religious leaders in a prayer initiative calling for increased civility among government officials. Read More
-- Richard Land
Jesus 'wife' papyrus hits another snag
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Professor Karen King has hit another snag in her efforts to publicize a papyrus fragment on which she says Jesus refers to a "wife," as the Harvard Theological Review has postponed publication of her anticipated article, awaiting the results of further testing. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The answer to Russia's orphan crisis
Columnist Russell Moore answers a challenging question posed to him by a Russian: Why doesn't America solve its own problems before interfering with Russian's orphan crisis? Read More
FIRST-PERSON: How do guests see your church building?
Columnist Diana Davis gives five tests for determining whether your church building would be viewed as welcoming to guests. Read More