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               Monday, February 4 2002  

Where are they now?
Twin Rocks native Betty Jean McKinstry

Born Betty Jean Wilson on January 17, 1962, Betty Jean is a 1979 graduate of Blacklick Valley High School and a February 2001 graduate of Cambria-Rowe Business College with an Associate in Business Administration. She now works from home for www.1800PartyShopExpress.com, an Internet-based party supply business.

Betty Jean has been married to Colver native Jon Thomas McKinstry since July 11 1981. A five-year period of living in the Washington, D. C., area led Betty Jean and Jon to a deeper appreciation of life in this area and they returned "home" to set about raising a family. They are the parents of two children; eight-year-old Yvonne and seven-year-old Alex.

Adversity in the form of husband Jon's April 2001 heart transplant surgery has not deterred this active and community-service-oriented young wife and mother from donating her valuable time to civic causes. She is a troop leader for Brownie Troop 716 in Jackson Township, and helps distribute food at the Miner's Foodbank in Nanty Glo. She occasionally has time to pursue her hobbies of needlework and woodburning.

Betty Jean has fond memories of growing up in Twin Rocks. "My parents had six children; we were and still are very close. We spent a lot of time together doing family things like playing Monoply and going to the Chester Davis Auctions on Saturday nights. My social life was my family."

"God has been very good to me," Betty Jean says; "though my riches are not monetary, they are many." Betty Jean, Jon, and children now make their home in Jackson Township.

Anyone wishing to send greetings or contact them, can reach them at http://www.BJYAMCK@CS.com.

Just ask a kid

A father was at the beach with his children when his four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand.

"Daddy, what happened to him?" the son asked.

"He died and went to Heaven," the dad replied.

The boy thought a moment and then said, "Did God throw him back down?"

—Sent by Sallie Covolo

Proving faith

Our trouble is that we are trying to confirm the truth of Christianity by an appeal to external evidence. We are saying, "Well, look at this fellow. He can throw a baseball farther than anybody else and he is a Christian, therefore Christianity must be true." "Here is a great statesman who believes the Bible. Therefore, the Bible must be true." We quote Daniel Webster, or Roger Bacon. We write books to show that some scientist believed in Christianity: therefore, Christianity must be true.

We are all the way out on the wrong track! That is not New Testament Christianity at all. That is a pitiful, whimpering, drooling appeal to the flesh. That never was the testimony of the New Testament, never the way God did thingsnever! You might satisfy the intellects of men by external evidences, and Christ did, I say, point to external evidence when He was here on the earth. But He said, "I am sending you something better. I am taking Christian apologetics out of the realm of logic and putting it into the realm of life. I am proving my deity, and my proof will not be an appeal to a general or a prime minister. The proof lies in an invisible, unseen but powerful energy that visits the human soul when the Gospel is preachedthe Holy Spirit!"

A. W. Tozer (adapted)
Sent by Jim Martin

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