The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

July 29, 2012

Many blessings

By CALEB SLINKARD
Herald-Banner Staff

— African Pastoral Training (APT) President Chuck Ballard has seen far more of the globe than the average American.

His most recent trip to Nigeria and Liberia last month, however, contained some firsts even for him.

“That was the first time I’ve been asked about Christians arming themselves in order to defend themselves and their families,” Ballard said, referring the string of church bombings in northern Nigeria in June.