Katie Gaultney
Jeffrey McWhorter

Every stormy wind

Disasters | Dallas Christians rallied to serve Northway Church after a tornado demolished its building, and Northway sought to be a calm and sure retreat for the neighborhood around it
by Katie Gaultney
Posted 11/01/19, 11:08 am

The Walnut Hill neighborhood of Dallas looks less like a cluster of 1960s ranch homes and more like a war zone. Downed power lines drape across brush-strewn roads, and treetops are lopped clean off—where trees are left standing at all.

Shea Sumlin, pastor of Northway Church, recalled the aftermath of the violent tornadoes that struck the Dallas metro area on Oct. 20. “All the power’s out. It’s dark. All you could hear is chainsaws and tears. You could smell the gas leaking as firefighters tried to turn off the gas lines,” Sumlin said. 

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Krieg Barrie

Equal opportunity players

Homeschooling | Many U.S. homeschoolers want to participate in public school sports, but some states have resisted them
by Katie Gaultney
Posted 8/16/18, 03:46 pm

On Friday nights during football season in Richfield, Minn., half a dozen 16-year-old boys sporting grass-stained uniforms, still sweaty from practice, filled every chair around the Childs family dining table. They wolfed down whatever food Kristin Childs set on the table: In 40 minutes, they had to be back at school to watch the varsity football game. In those brief 40 minutes, Kristin and her husband Patrick saw an opportunity to show hospitality and Christian love to their son Eastman’s teammates.

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Let’s clean up this town!

Jobs | Homeless residents pick up trash—and life skills—in Texas city
by Katie Gaultney
Posted 6/14/18, 03:29 pm

The sun is rising over south Fort Worth. The tinny “clink” of soda cans hitting the pavement, jettisoned from trash in a dumpster, and the thundering sound of trash bins rolling across asphalt make it hard to hear Nicole, the litter crew supervisor for Clean Slate. Nicole is quiet, serious, and reserved—no nonsense.

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