Exploring God's Global Story

March 01, 2016
CIU students meet mission reps at World Christian Week

CIU Celebrates World Christian Week

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students were invited to become a part of God’s mission around the world at February’s annual World Christian Week at CIU. The week, which was organized by students, included Chapel messages, activities, and a special prayer day, challenging students to become a part of what God is doing all over the world.

Professor Cliff Bedell With the Lord

February 24, 2016
Cliff Bedell taught at CIU for 36 years.

Long-time Columbia International University professor Cliff Bedell passed away on Feb. 24. He was 85 years old. Bedell served at CIU for 36 years before retiring in 2009.

Prior to coming to CIU, Bedell and his wife Pru were missionaries to the Philippines. He was a graduate of Wheaton and the University of Georgia, and was named an honorary alumnus of CIU in August 2008.

Election Year Assembly: Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at CIU

February 19, 2016
Former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal speaking in a CIU Assembly Feb. 18

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

There’s little doubt about it: former Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal believes in the American dream.  It’s that belief that led him to endorse Florida Senator Marco Rubio in the 2016 presidential election, and that brought him to speak in an assembly at Columbia International University two days before the South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary.

CIU Alumni Couple Celebrating 101st Birthdays

February 17, 2016
CIU alumni Will and Colene Norton in 1939

Columbia International University alumni Will and Colene Norton have reached milestones that few can match. Not only has the couple been married for 76 years, they are both turning 101 years old this month.  

The Nortons met at CIU (then Columbia Bible College) in 1936. After graduating from CIU and getting married in 1939, they began a long career together of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.


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