Loutherback serves 50 years with college students

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells Dr. George Loutherback has worked with UMHB students for the past 20 years and will soon be celebrating 50 years of mentoring students for various universities. At the beginning of his career, Loutherback, who is affectionately called “Dr. L,” was the director of the Baptist Student Union, which is now called the Baptist Student Ministry. Before coming to UMHB he worked at many junior colleges and even supervised the BSM at Baylor University for 14 years before coming to UMHB. Loutherback has done a lot to make his mark during his time with the university. He was the original founder of the Christian Association of Student Leaders, a specialized student life conference for Christian universities, and the beloved Welcome Week. As the university’s current chaplin Loutherback teaches his own New Testament course and oversees all chapel services for the university, including bringing in speakers that will challenge the current generation with their messages. He also helped start the revival program that takes place during the spring semester each year. He even provides marriage and grieving counseling for students who need the assistance. Loutherback also has a big role in the England mission trip that happens every summer. The university chaplain said he loves his job because he doesn’t have to follow a strict routine. . “There is no day that is exactly the same because I have different people come through that door every day,” He said. As a mentor and counselor to students on campus, Loutherback works with all students with different needs. He finds out what need they need help with and then builds a relationship with the student from there. If a student wants to work on anything, they they can confide in “Dr. L” for help. “Every student faces challenges that allow them to grow and expand on what they’ve learned before they come in to see me again,” Dr. Loutherback said. Dr. Shawn Shannon,the current director of the BSM here on campus said she respects Loutherback for how long he has followed Jesus and how he encourages others to do the same. Shannon has worked with him for 28 years, including his years as BSU director.. She believes Loutherback is committed to raising up leaders among students with whom he serves.. “One way we know what others value is to observe those things that they will do that are inconvenient or personally costly. I see Dr. L giving his time and life to develop leaders and to share Christ with the United Kingdom and to provide experiences where others can meet, commit to, and...

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United States honors veterans

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells According to military.com, legislation was passed in 1938, that November 11 would be “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’” This was specifically to commemorate the first anniversary of the end of World War I and to honor veterans who served during this time. In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress and President Eisenhower amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the change, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars through all times. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Military.com states that Memorial Day honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day, but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military — in wartime or peacetime. Fun Facts about Veterans: -7 million veterans served in the Vietnam War era (1964-1975) -2 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953) -5.5 million veterans served during the Gulf War (Aug. 2, 1990- Present) -16 million Americans served during World War II (1941-1945), 620,000 of which are still alive -2 million veterans are...

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Tricks, treats, and zombies:  Halloween 2016 in (and out) of Belton

Tricks, treats, and zombies: Halloween 2016 in (and out) of Belton

Published in the October 26, 2017 issue of The Bells This Halloween there are plenty of places to go and celebrate the spooky holiday. From fall festivals to haunted hayrides this Halloween is bound to be special one. Historic ghost walk of Salado There is a legend that on Salado’s main street there are many ghosts of cowboys and Indians that come out on Halloween night to scare those who walk its lantern-lit street. If students are brave enough to venture out his far, they can meet a tour guide at the ghost wagon across the street from the Stage Coach Inn and get lost in the tales of cowboys, Indians, lost treasure, and most importantly ghosts. The tour lasts around an hour-and-a-half, and tickets can be purchased for $20. All ages are welcome on this spooky tour but ages 13-and-up are recommended. This event will take place Oct 28, when the sun goes down and the ghosts come out to play. Trunk-or-treating/Fall Festivals Trunk-or-treating is a safe alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating. Many churches do this for families in the community, but older youths are also welcome to join in on the fun. One option is the First Baptist Church of Killeen, who will be hosting a trunk-or-treat event from 6 p.m.to 8 p.m. on the churches property on Oct. 31. This specific event will have bounce houses, food, games, music, and candy for all to enjoy. The Trinity Baptist Church in Harker Heights will hold its annual Fall Festival from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Oct. 27. Admission is one can or box of nonperishable foods that can be donated to the Harker Heights Food Care Center. The event will feature a bounce house and slide, games, booths, a cake walk, and free hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones. There will also be a chili cook-off sponsored by Sunday school classes that participants can help judge. Zombie 5k Run For this crazy event you can preregister to be a zombie or human for $25. Online registration will close Oct. 27 at midnight, but tickets can be purchased for $30 at the gate the morning of the race. Children under the age of six get in free. The chase begins at 9 a.m. on Oct. 29 and will last until 11 a.m. The goal is for the humans to save Belton by zipping to the finish line before the zombies make it there first. There will be zombie makeup artists on-site for an additional fee, and costume prizes will be awarded after the race for both categories. Halloween Carnivals Killeen Special Events Center is hosting a carnival on Oct...

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Inappropropriate costumes are the scariest thing this Halloween

Published in the October 26, 2017 issue of The Bells Halloween is just around the corner. Many students plan on dressing up and celebrating Halloween in some way, but we should be careful when we put together a costume for the big celebration. Having poor taste in costumes can really ruin the night and cause the costume wearer some embarrassment. While most costumes would be fine to wear to a  Halloween party or while trick-or-treating, there are some costumes that should not be allowed on the streets this Halloween night. Dressing up in costumes for Halloween is a way for some to express themselves in a unique way. However, a Halloween party is not the time, nor the place, to be controversial, especially when a costume pokes fun at a national crisis. It has never been and never will be funny or practical to dress up as a Boston Marathon victim or the Twin Towers. It is considered rude to dress up as a character from a culture other than your own. We have all seen those Native American or Indian princess costumes at our local Halloween stores. Sure, it might seem like a good idea, but it’s actually very demeaning to the people who represent that culture. It would be funny if I went as a Starbucks-obsessed teenager with UGG boots because I represent that specific culture, but it would not be funny if I dressed up as a belly dancer and paraded around in a lifestyle I know nothing about. It can be seen as racist and culturally ignorant. This also includes the use of black face. Black face is seen as racist and in poor taste. One thing that I have never understood is why men’s costumes are so focused on genitalia and women’s on sexuality? I’ve seen so many tactless costumes that focus on these parts and completely detract from the fun and the festivities of Halloween. Another question is why are most women’s costumes so revealing? It’s usually cold on Halloween night, and it’s not practical to be walking around a neighborhood in a costume that shows too much skin. You are able to portray a nurse or vampire without being immodest (and cold). It is also not a good idea to dress young children up as characters from shows portraying adult themes, like Walter White from the TV series Breaking Bad. I understand that this specific costume was very popular when it was airing, but it’s not a kid-friendly show and therefore, is not a kid-friendly costume. While children’s costumes are less controversial than others, parents should still be aware of the messages they...

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ARK Foundation hopes to bring freedom to trafficking victims

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells Many civilians of Bell County are unaware that as they go about their day, other citizens are forced to participate in human trafficking right under their noses. On the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHRTC) website, Belton, Temple, and Killeen are located in the hot zone along Interstate-35. There have been 45 confirmed cases of minor sex trafficking identified just at the Bell County Juvenile Justice Center since 2014, which confirms its prevalence in this part of the country. In 2012, ILO estimated there were 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, and according to a US organization that studies human trafficking, the Polaris Project, approximately 100,000 children are estimated to be in the sex trade in the United States each year. Many people think this doesn’t happen in America, but it does. In fact, Texas is number two in the country for the most human trafficking areas. Texas is so involved that 20 percent of all U.S. trafficking victims will travel through Texas at some point. Human trafficking is an issue that involves men women and children of all ages. Trafficking has been a global issue for over a decade and many don’t know it even exists. However, there are groups that strive to end this epidemic. The Ark Foundation is a group that focuses on the human trafficking going on in Bell County. Kathy Ylostalo, the director of the ARK Foundation here in Belton, said the ARK Foundation does more than raising awareness about the trafficking problem. “[Our foundation is an interdenominational, faith-based, non-profit organization that focuses on assisting children and adults in crisis, to help them experience Acceptance, Restoration, and Kinship through close interpersonal relationships, and by being shown the transformational love and truth of Christ,” Ylostalo said. The organization sees their job as being the newest Noah’s Ark. Since Noah led God’s people and animals to safety, they hope that their cause is able to restore hope to victims and empower new beginnings. The Organization also references the Ark of the Covenant, which went ahead of the Israelites in battle. The foundation also hopes to go ahead of these victims and fight agaist human trafficking. The ARK Foundation exists to bring good news to the afflicted and freedom to the captives. Their goals include assisting the victims to encounter Jesus Christ and grow in understanding the freedom of trusting and walking with Him, as well as finding their value in Christ; Providing assistance and guidance that helps victims find resources for physical and spiritual needs; Aiding those who are trapped in enslaving life circumstances to...

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