August 24, 2013
Stephen “Steve” Taylor's passport was filled with customs stamps from his many travels, whether to third-world countries for mission trips or to Jamaica to relax with his wife. Travel, ministry and education were hallmarks of a life that had an impact on many near and far. “He lived hard, he played hard, he prayed hard,” said Susan Taylor, his wife of 21 years. Born and raised in Hagerstown, Steve was the only child of James “Jim” and Susan “Sue” Taylor. Jim has been tuning and rebuilding pianos for more than 50 years, and Sue is a nurse.
July 30, 2013
Three young missionaries left July 16 for 12 days of mission service in Ecuador, South America. They are Richard Easley Jr., 17, Tess Dorsey, 16, and Payton Easley, 15. Richard and Payton are the sons of Richard and Becky Easley of Waynesboro and Tess Dorsey is the daughter of Shannon and Bonnie Dorsey of Cascade. The three traveled with Maranatha Volunteers International, a nonprofit Christian organization headquartered in Roseville, Calif. The organization helps sponsor youth groups to build structures such as schools, churches, clinics, orphanages, homes and hospitals.
June 9, 2013
Organizers of a Sunday event in Widmeyer Park to raise money for a mission trip to a Navajo Indian reserve in New Mexico were hoping to raise about $2,000. Members of the Hancock United Methodist Church have made trips to the reservation near Gamerco, N.M., before, and this year, they plan to start construction on a transition facility that will help Navajo women coming out of prison, John Pennesi said. The building will include classroom space, a dining area, a kitchen and housing, said Pennesi, a member of the church.
May 21, 2013
Linda Altizer of Hagerstown visited The Home of the Deaf, Dumb and Blind in Raigarh, India, on a mission trip through Central India Christian Mission that she took in late January and early February. More than 500 disabled children live in the orphanage. It was Altizer's ninth overseas mission trip and her fourth to central India, where she shared Christian and medical ministry. Altizer, who is joint/ortho care coordinator at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland, Md., returned with the goal of raising money for a C-T scanner and MRI machine for a poorly equipped mission hospital in India.
March 25, 2013
The Hagerstown Rescue Mission Ladies Auxiliary will hold an Easter bake sale Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the mission store. Items available for sale include candy, cakes, pies, pickled eggs and other items. All proceeds will be used to purchase items needed at the Rescue Mission. The store is at 125 N. Prospect St. in Hagerstown.
December 19, 2012
Libya, North Vietnam a contrast in military response To the editor: I am outraged at the recent handling of events in Benghazi, Libya, and am reminded of a very different reaction by the American government when it had the opportunity to rescue its citizens. As many readers of The Herald-Mail know, I was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. For three years, from July 18, 1968, until July 14, 1970, I was held in the Camp at Son Tay, 25 miles from Hanoi. At some point in 1969, U.S. intelligence learned that there might be American POWs at Son Tay. To show how sketchy the intelligence was, it wasn't until July 1970 that President Nixon gave the order to plan a mission to rescue us. At no point in the planning would it have been possible to know with certainty whether we were actually at Son Tay, but President Nixon took the risk because a government has the duty to protect its citizens when they are carrying out duties assigned by that government.
November 22, 2012
When Dan Franklin went to veterinary school in the Philippines, it opened his eyes to the poverty in that country and many other parts of the world. “People in this country have no idea how the majority of the world live. They live hand-to-mouth,” Franklin said. A mission trip to the Dominican Republic eight years ago through his church, Church of Christ in Hagerstown, was the first of many for Franklin. He found most of the trips required construction skills, which were not his specialty.
November 22, 2012
Howard Hawkins said he was working as a banker in Richmond, Va., when his wife died of heart and lung complications in 2007. He said the loss caused him to suffer an emotional collapse. “I didn't respond well,” Hawkins said. “Material things didn't mean much to me. I gave up my cars, house and money. I gave it to the church and became homeless.” On Thursday, Hawkins told his story to about 280 people who gathered to share a free Thanksgiving meal sponsored by The Hope Center Rescue Mission off North Prospect Street in Hagerstown.
November 14, 2012
The Ladies Auxiliary of Hagerstown Rescue Mission's Trinity Center, on North Walnut Street in Hagerstown, will hold a holiday bazaar Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be gift items available along with homemade soups, sandwiches and baked goods. For more information, call 301-790-3843. Thanksgiving Eve service The churches of West Hagerstown will hold a community Thanksgiving Eve service Wednesday, Nov. 21, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 601 Washington Ave. The service will begin at 7 p.m. The Rev. Clark Carr of Grace United Methodist Church will deliver the sermon.
November 11, 2012
A group of four Grace Academy high school students, one Hancock student and their chaperone, Amy Casto, had the opportunity to travel to South Korea for a two-week missions trip this summer. Grace Academy has been hosting exchange students from South Korea for the past four years. The program has flourished and this year includes students from South Korea, China, Spain, Russia and, starting in January, Japan. Amy Casto and the five high school students, Caitlin Cox and Keshia Harney (12th grade)