Saturday, March 25, 2006

Congratulations Charme

ACU will be honoring Charme Robarts tomorrow afternoon at a reception at Skillman as one of its Distinguished Alumni. ACU’s Distinguished Alumni Citation recognizes distinctive personal or professional achievement that has merited the honor and praise of peers and colleagues. This year 12 ACU Distinguished Alumni have been chosen as part of ACU’s Centennial Celebration. We are blessed at Skillman to have 2 of the 12 recipients in our midst. Doc Cornutt will be honored in a similar fashion on May 21. I will have more to say about Doc in a future post.

I don't think we realize how blessed we are to have Charme as a part of our family. She is a gifted speaker and writer, an excellent teacher, and a spiritual mentor to many. She speaks frequently at lectureships and workshops across the country and writes articles for Wineskins and Leaven magazines. She participates annually in a medical mission trip to Zambia, and serves on the boards of several mission/outreach focused organizations.

Charme's talents are probably better recognized and possibly better appreciated around the country and in Africa than they are here at Skillman. Partly because we tend to take for granted that which is familiar. Partly because she does not overtly draw attention to herself. And partly because she is gifted in areas that we have traditionally valued more in men. (Another topic for another time)

For now, I want to express my admiration and appreciation to Charme. I have grown on this journey towards spiritual formation in the 5 years that you and Dwight have been with us at Skillman, and you have helped to nurture that growth. Your recognition by ACU is well-deserved. Congratulations!

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