- March 30, 2014
- By Staff / Baptist Standard
World Vision’s decision
We are grateful for the reversal of World Vision’s decision regarding gay marriage for its employees.
However, it saddens us greatly as supporters of World Vision that the initial decision was made to go against God’s holy word—the Bible.
We do want to express concerns for the leadership of the board to allow this decision to be made. We believe a time of study, renewal and prayer is critical for this board that made this decision.
It will take a long time to rebuild the trust we once had of this organization.
Dianne and Richard Strickler
In the early 1950s, after the Southern Baptist Convention approved the Glorieta conference center, Baptists throughout the nation were invited to lease land and build a home on the grounds to support and enhance the ministries. My parents accepted this invitation and built one of the first homes.
For the past 61 years, our family has enjoyed and promoted Glorieta. My mother was hostess to many missionaries and pastors. When our home was passed to my husband and me, the tradition continued. Even after my husband died, my daughters and I continued to do the same. Every summer, our home was used by lay people and ministers who attended the conferences.
We knew a number of years ago things were changing at Glorieta, but our confidence was unwavering. When the sale was announced, we were shocked, but still confident of fair treatment since we were dealing with Christians.
After Glorieta was sold for $1, we heard our options and were horrified! How could this be happening? We decided our Glorieta was gone, and we must sell. Glorieta 2.0 paid us one-third of the fair market value of our home.
On Dec. 2, 2013, my youngest daughter looked on as I signed away a most precious part of our lives. I turned off the lights, shut the door and walked away with a broken heart.
I grieve for future generations who will not have the privilege of experiencing God at Glorieta.
In praise of community gardens
I saw “Coalition suggests six ways for churches to fight hunger” on Facebook. I always like to see ways people making a difference.
I have been doing guerrilla gardening for a long time. A lot of people in need do not have space to garden. I see churches as a good place. Many have so much wasted space dedicated to grass, which is costly to maintain. There are lots of people who go to church, and some would not mind working to make a garden.
Some churches have kitchens where canning can happen, as well as community meals, which create a stronger community.