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Oral researchers in DR Congo have been visiting remote villages to collect stories that illustrate Congolese Mennonite faith over the last century. Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission plans to release the published histories in French and English at the Congo Mennonite Community’s centennial celebration in June 2012.—The Mennonite


Canadian baritone George Beverly Shea was honoured with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. At innumerable Billy Graham Crusades since 1947, in addition to preparing crowds for the gospel, Shea’s hymns were responsible for calming Billy Graham’s nerves before he took the stage to preach. With more than 70 recordings, at 102, Shea has lived long enough to know many of the writers of his favourite hymns personally. Friend and colleague Michael W. Smith describes Shea as “a source of inspiration to millions, a gifted man, with a great heart, who has lived his life as a faithful friend, and in doing so has changed the world.”—


WebPurify, an online service that filters profanity from more than 1 million submissions daily for clients ranging from bloggers to Fortune 500 companies, has launched a new application for images uploaded to a site. Released in April, WebPurify’s image filter scans user-submitted graphics for adult content, returns results within minutes, and automatically deletes objectionable content from the subscriber’s website, allowing administrators to monitor posting boards more efficiently.—

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