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Preview: Serving God's people: Protestant women answer call to diaconate


In Paul's first epistle to Timothy, he specifies women once in his advice about qualifications for overseers and deacons: "In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything" (1 Timothy 3:11). Footnotes in the New International Version suggest Paul may have been referring either to the wives of deacons and overseers, or to women like Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae whom Paul personally greets in Romans 16:1.

Preview: 300 miles to see friends on death row


It may not have a name, but the program that ministers to death row inmates at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in Tecumseh, Neb., is making an impact.

Certainly moved by the program are Deacon Leo Bistak and his wife, Nancy, of Lawrence, Kan. The couple travels almost 300 miles roundtrip once every three months to participate.

"We sit around in a large room with about eight death row prisoners and about 10 of us who come in," Leo said. "We have some sandwiches and talk with them for about three hours."



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