The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 83, No. 25, Ed. 1, Friday, May 3, 1996 Page: 1 of 11
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Graduating seniors reflect on HSU experiences Pages 6-7
May 3 1996
80 Years of Service to Hardin-Simmoks Umverstiy Students
An American anthem of prayer
HSU family gathers at Logsdon Chapel to observe National Day of Prayer
By Kathy Muramoto
and Jake Long
While most people in Abilene slept a few alarm
clocks sounded at midnight yesterday morning. The rest
of the day on the half hour students staff and faculty of
Hardin-Simmons University stopped what they were
doing sleeping studying eating or working and
knelt in the Logsdon Chapel to intercede in prayer for
HSU Abilene Texas and the United States.
At 9:30 a.m. the intercessors were joined by many of
the HSU family in the chapel to gather for a special
National Day of Prayer Observance.
As the worshippers entered the chapel soft piano
music filtered through the sunlight illuminating hearts as
the sun illuminated faces. Some came in suits and ties
others in shorts and t-shirts. All came to enter into a time
of prayer and worship before their Lord.
Dr. Hall welcomed those in attendance encouraging
them to remain mindful of the unique emphasis of May 2
1996. Loraine Hendrix led the people in prayer for the
U.S. She remembered the national state and local gov-
ernments and asked God's blessing and guidance upon
Dr. Loyd Hawthorne led in singing "Sweet Hour of
Prayer" and "Near to the Heart of God" two hymns which
were accompanied by sophomore Jeremy Mims. Dr.
Craig Turner then urged the people to "lift their heads"
and lift their eyes to the stained glass cross that beamed
from behind him. Dr. Turner's prayer of thanksgiving was
enhanced by the image of Christ's suffering the gift
Christians are most thankful for.
Dr. Ronnie Prevost expressed the need for guidance
instruction and grace. Those needs are met by prayers of
intercession submission and confession.
Jacob Villarreal Wes Butler and David Billman sang
a favorite song "Shine On Us" blessing those who heard.
They were followed by Dr. Susan Pigott who used the
name God is Provider in addressing the Lord. She asked
that He continue to provide needs both large and small to
the students of Hardin-Simmons. Brian Bessent prayed
for the faculty and Jenni Sims lifted up the staff. The ser-
vice closed with the Doxology and participants left with
an attitude of joy and thanksgiving.
The 24-hour intercessory prayer chain which began
at midnight yesterday and will continue until midnight
tonight is just the beginning of the vision many have for
organized prayer at Hardin-Simmons. Beginning June 1
HSU has set a goal of having 40 hours of prayer every
week. Anyone wishing to be involved should contact
either the University Relations office in Sandefer or Dr.
Rhonda Manry Coordinator of Retention Services
participated in the prayer chain for the National Day of
Prayer. Manry said there were prayer lists available for
those who wished to intercede for others in the university
family. "I think this is an incredible opportunity for
Hardin-Simmons in the fact that we can't underestimate
the power of prayer and the effects it can have on the cam-
pus" said Manry. She hopes that students will want to
participate in the drive to make intercessory prayer a part
of the HSU campus ministries through the BSM.
Answers to prayer may require patience and they
sometimes come in the least expected ways. Director of
Religious Activities Palmer McCown said "You never
know what kind of results you will have to prayer;
sometimes the responses are not immediate." The focus
of prayer is what draws us together said McCown. HSU
is interested in drawing students faculty and staff closer
in service to the Lord.
Cliff Lea minister to students at Elmcrest Baptist
Church sees the National Day of Prayer as an opportuni-
ty "for all believers to unite and put aside denominations
and pray for the leadership of the city state and nation to
lead to righteousness."
Christians around the nation came before their Lord
to plea for the well-being of America's people. Many
believe these prayers will help the nation in years to come
by asking the Lord to put God-fearing men and women
into places of national leadership and decision-making.
Cowboys need win at NAIA West Sectional
HSU pounds Northwood
falls to Sul Ross to set up
rematch with NU today
BY TRENTEN HlLBUKN
This underdog has a cape and an "S"
on its chest
Hardin-Simmons University brought
the worst record 19-27 into the NAIA
West Sectional but could be considered
the hottest team in the collegiate baseball
tournament. The Cowboys were seeded
fifth in the tournament of six teams. Dallas
Baptist University the nation's No. 1
NAIA team is the No. 1 seed.
The Cowboys (20-28) just missed a
chance to face DBU when Sul Ross State
slipped past HSU 12-9 Thursday night at
John J. Hunter Field.
The Cowboys had built a comfortable
9-3 lead but saw the Lobos pick up two
runs in the sixth and one in the seventh.
But the Sul Ross fireworks came in
the top of the eighth inning when the
Lobos picked up six runs after a contro-
versial call that started the rally.
Ryan Jenkins homered for the
Cowboys in the loss and junior transfer
Robbie Schwab went 3 for 3 with two
HSU is now set to face Northwood
University in a do-or-die loser's bracket
game set to start at 12:30 pjn. at Hunter
The Cowboys recorded a 14-6 win
over Northwood the tournament's No. 2
Scott Spurger was the spark that ignit-
ed the Cowboy offense agasinst the
Northwood Knights. He launched a fast-
ball over the right field fence with the
bases loaded to give the Cowboys the lead.
Another 'big bat for the Cowboys
came from shortstop Ray House who
ripped two line-drive singles that plated
Please see HSU Page 9
photo by Tranton HHbum
Ryan Jenkins slides safely into second base against McMurry at the
TIAA conference tournament last weekend. Jenkins was named the
conference's Player of the Week.
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