Playing ball in Austin

Sports | An Austin baseball program provides gospel-centered mentorship, fun, and hope for kids in the inner city
by Charissa Koh
Posted 1/28/21, 07:52 am

In 2009, Matt Price was 23 and had recently moved to Austin when a friend asked him to help coach the baseball team at Reagan High School, an academically failing school where Price found discouraged players and a ballfield full of weeds and potholes. 

The baseball team told him they had nowhere to play during the summer, so Price and a friend organized a summer team. In the process, they built relationships with the players—many of whom had no fathers at home—and talked about the gospel.

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Photo by Max Underhill

A reputation for excellence

Hope Awards | Refugee parents seek out a school in Malaysia that teaches refugee children from 20 countries
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 9/10/20, 11:04 am

The playground of St. Barnabas Church in Klang, Malaysia, rings with children’s shrieks and laughter. Children clad in the navy-and-white uniforms that signify ElShaddai Refugee Learning Centre arrive in shuttles to join their friends. Girls in white hijabs chat while sitting on seesaws. Groups of boys stand in circles playing a game pushing each other off-balance. Another group of girls plays jump-rope with a makeshift rope made of rubber bands as a crowd of younger students watches. 

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Photo by Sharon Dierberger

Minnesota foster mom always had an open door

Lifestyle | Doris Poole welcomed dozens of children into her home over the years
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 7/16/20, 03:03 pm


She helped them at a crucial time, and each felt unconditionally loved. They developed character and life skills: Geoffrey gained control of his anger. Tiki found her voice. Naimo learned to forgive. Chaltu started trusting.

Doris Poole was their foster mom. She is now their friend. She fostered 60 children over the course of 40-plus years and raised six biological children of her own, all as a single mom. She sheltered other kids unofficially for parents needing a break.

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