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Pregnancy center saving lives, reaching souls

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (BP) -- This spring, Alexia Newman will celebrate 30 years as director of Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg, one of the largest crisis pregnancy care centers in South Carolina. When she interviewed for the job in April 1989, she did not even know it was a pro-life ministry. "I had to ask before I would continue. I did not know anything about crisis pregnancies," she said. Since then she has become a seasoned veteran, heading a ministry that saves lives and reaches people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What has characterized her tenure at such a demanding post when the average stay of a director is less than three years?

‘True champions for Christ’

GREENVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- In 1974, I was working as a young sports writer for the Anderson Independent and was given the assignment to do a full-page feature on Bobby Richardson, head coach of the University of South Carolina's baseball team. It was my first big story, and I enjoyed interviewing the former New York Yankee second baseman. The Gamecocks were preparing for their first-ever NCAA baseball tournament appearance. Richardson had built a mediocre program into a national contender in four years. His strong and public commitment to Christ distinguished him from ...

Christian faith marks Yankee great’s career, home life

GREENVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- Bobby Richardson played baseball for the New York Yankees during the golden years of the dynasty. He retired from baseball at age 31 and shortly thereafter became the first full-time baseball coach at the University of South Carolina, establishing a winning tradition that continues to the present. But the key to his outstanding career, his marriage of 60 years and his witness for Christ has been his Christian faith. Bobby met his wife Betsy at Grace Baptist Church in Sumter, S.C. She sat on one side of the church with her mother, and he sat on the opposite side with the youth ...

Light shines from Charleston after massacre

CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- The national media spotlight has been on Charleston for several days following the massacre of nine Christians during a Wednesday night Bible study at the predominantly black Emanuel AME Church. A 21-year-old white supremacist, Dylann Storm Roof, joined in the service for about an hour before opening fire on the group.

‘Bringing God to soldiers and soldiers to God’

COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- Lt. Col. Derrick Riggs, serving in Afghanistan as command chaplain for NATO Special Operations and the Special Forces Joint Task Force, was beginning a series of Bible studies based on Psalm 91, which he calls "David's Fearless Warrior Psalm." There was a visitor for the first Wednesday study, Jan. 28. "Normally the new guy just sits there and listens," Riggs said, "but not Jason."