Rachel Cooper

Rachel is a graduate of Auburn University, where she majored in journalism, minored in business, and rode for the school's equestrian team. She is working as a WORLD intern in Asheville, N.C.

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Help on wheels

Hope Award | South Regional winner: Beltline gives kids a chance to earn a bike and learn a work ethic
by Susan Olasky & Rachel Cooper
Posted 9/06/13, 01:00 am

ATLANTA—Razor wire tops the fence that encircles the industrial building that houses the Beltline Bike Shop. Only a small yellow sign signals the shop’s existence on the edge of the Adair Park neighborhood in southwest Atlanta.

Inside, though, the vibe is vibrant. A small screen plays bike videos to a rap accompaniment. Grafitti-style bubble letters in yellow, orange, and purple spell out the shop name on one wall. Owner Tim O’Mara splits his attention between a man trying to pry a tire off a rim, and an elementary-school student named Justin examining donated bikes.

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Turning missteps into dance steps

Marriage | Phil and Karen Rios learned to follow God’s lead after years of struggle doing life, and marriage, on their own
by Rachel Cooper
Posted 6/29/13, 09:30 am

This article is the 32nd in a series profiling couples who have been married for at least 35 years. As sociologist Mark Regnerus writes, “Young adults want to know that it’s possible for two fellow believers to stay happy together for a lifetime, and they need to hear how the generations preceding them did it.” It is also important to see that marriages are not always happy all the time, but commitment is crucial.

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Nigerian president declares a state of emergency

by Rachel Cooper
Posted 5/15/13, 02:50 pm

Northeast Nigeria is in a state of emergency after the country’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, announced Islamic extremists control some of the area’s villages and towns. Jonathan declared a state of emergency yesterday in the Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states and is sending more troops to fight what he calls an open rebellion. 

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