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From Firefighter to Fire-starter

Two gleaming, silver axes sit suspended on a wall bursting with plaques and awards for achievements like two-time Department Fireman of the Year and Texas Paramedic of the Year. The humble, snug office space simply can’t hold all the honors Jimmy Stewart earned during his 22 years as a firefighter,...

Talitha Koum

Behind every great team stands a great coach. Nan Holmes lives to serve that purpose as the director of the Talitha Koum Institute where groundbreaking research is believed to soon change the way a child’s brain development pattern was once thought to process....

A nonprofit providing a financial foundation

Amid the insurance companies and doctors’ offices, the Waco Foundation, a $60 million enterprise, serves to help fund the community’s nonprofit organizations by giving grants and scholarships to organizations and students in the Waco community....

When they need us

Donna Hurst and her husband, Randall Stuckey, 54, have lived in Waco for seven years and have spent the past two years volunteering as foster parents for the Humane Society of Central Texas....

Pay it forward

High school students with intermediate certification by the IRS volunteer to directly help prepare tax returns at no charge through sponsorship. Students are prepared and constantly practicing their business skills in the classroom....

More than memory

Cindi Moore has a talent: She knows everything about you. Mention anybody connected to the Waco Baptist Academy, and Moore, the principal, can tell you all about that person. Point to any of the school’s more than 160 students. Go ahead, pick one....

In the name of love

Inside they sipped drinks and dreamed of anything but Jesus. This scene, formerly a foreign world, is now commonplace for Emily Mills, a Baylor alumna and founder of Jesus Said Love, a local nonprofit ministering to strippers....

Learning independence one game at a time

Umpire Lupe Rosas stands ready atop the pitcher’s mound. While the boy at bat prepares to swing, Coach Colleen Ostrom shouts words of encouragement from the dugout. And for a moment in the sun, the Challenger League baseball team, for children with special needs, appears like a regular...

Feed my sheep

To Jeane Dick, the leader of Mission Waco’s Friday Morning Breakfast, all who come through the church doors on Friday morning are family....

Rick Caywood Ministries

Stranded and low on cash after icy conditions left his group unable to fly home from a 1996 weekend trip to Big Bend National Park, Rick Caywood was in a prime position to be confronted with his fourth major career change. He just didn’t know it yet....

1 life

What constitutes a meaningful life? It is the question humanity has pondered through the ages, one that touches the core of every human heart. So significantly weighs the subject — the quest for meaning and happiness — that it has birthed numerous experiments, years of research and a plethora...

A Form Of The Heart: Dance Instructor Teaches Ballet To Local Youth

A Waco ballet instructor at the Deborah Korpi School of Classical Ballet announces that it’s time for class and four students, ages 5 to 7 form a single line and enter the ballet studio as they walk gracefully on their tiptoes. The ballerinas performed exactly as she instructed, without...

Baylor Fulbright Scholar Shines Abroad

After more than a year of work on application forms, essays, recommendations, language study and research, Robert Moore received word that his dream of going to Nepal would be realized. He was a Fulbright Scholar....

Crazy

“If you don’t do it, then who will?” Those eight simple words have stuck with Linda Haskett. She remembers the conversation like it was yesterday. She was talking with a friend about her disappointment in the Baylor Children’s Theatre being closed, when her friend told her to start her own children’s...