April 2011

Caraway campaign gift moves up cabin plans

April 26 2011 by Caraway Conference Center

Don and Mary Ann Warren have made the first major pledge to the “New Beginnings” Capital Campaign of Caraway Conference and Camp.

The Warrens, members of Parkwood Baptist Church in Gastonia, have chosen to honor their parents, Bulford and Madie Powell and Curtis and Grace Warren through a gift to construct a retreat cabin for ministers at Caraway. 

The Powell/Warren Mountain House will be available to ministers to use as a place of rest, prayer and study at no charge.

The house will sit on the west side of Long Arm Ridge with views of the Uwharrie Mountains. Construction will begin in August and will hopefully be available for use in the fall of 2011. Huffman estimates completion by mid-October.

“They are a couple that truly strives to honor God,” said Jimmy Huffman, director of Caraway. 

Warren, who has served on various convention boards and committees including current board member of the Biblical Recorder, serves as the chairman of the New Beginnings Campaign Committee. 

“Don has not only shown his commitment to the vision at Caraway through his leadership, but now has made a personal investment in Caraway, as well as in the lives of ministers in North Carolina,” said Huffman.

The minister’s retreat was part of Phase III of the campaign, however due to the Warrens’ gift it will be moved to Phase I.

The New Beginnings Campaign is a three-year, $7.5-million undertaking. Contact Jimmy Huffman at (336) 629-2374 or jhuffman@caraway.org.

Visit www.caraway.org or blog.caraway.org. The Biblical Recorder also carries Caraway’s blog on its site, http://www.biblicalrecorder.org/category/Caraway-New-Beginnings.aspx.    

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4/26/2011 6:12:00 AM by Caraway Conference Center | with 0 comments



Volunteers swarm communities

April 25 2011 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor

Most North Carolinians were surprised by the storm system that moved across the state April 16. Blazing a trail in what meteorologists called a “squall line,” the National Weather Service had confirmed 28 tornadoes ripped neighborhoods and businesses apart, killing 24 people in the state.

“You learn that there are a lot of people who want to help,” said Richard Brunson, executive director of North Carolina Baptist Men, “a lot of people with big hearts … a lot of people who want to do what they can to help their neighbors.”  

As of April 25 Baptist Men was working in 13 locations in 12 counties: Bertie, Bladen, Craven, Cumberland, Green, Halifax, Johnson, Lee, Onslow, Person, Wake and Wilson.  

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Cleanup continues around the state as North Carolina Baptist Men, Samaritan’s Purse and other volunteers spread out through their communities to serve. Above, a North Raleigh neighborhood was visited by one of the tornadoes that swarmed across North Carolina April 16. Students from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary volunteered during their spring break to help. Send your photos and stories from the storm to dianna@biblicalrecorder.org. See photo gallery.


Thousands of volunteers have provided many services to their neighbors in need.  

Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization based in Boone, responded to the disaster by sending staff and equipment to three of the hardest hit areas.  

More than 400 volunteers in Bertie, Cumberland, and Wake counties are ministering to the storm victims by cleaning up debris and making emergency repairs on houses.  

As of April 21 Samaritan’s Purse had received 70 requests for help in a four-mile radius around Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church in Raleigh.  

“I always thought if I did a little piece of work I should get paid,” said a youth volunteer from Highland Baptist Church in Raleigh.  

“But this week I realized if the Lord can open the doors to heaven free then we can (show) love (for) others.”  

Brunson said Baptist Men is in it for the long haul.  

At this stage the work is winding down in some areas but the hardest hit like Wake, Cumberland and Lee counties, where the Baptist Men has created hubs of activity, will be in the emergency stage for at least a couple more weeks.  

The emergency stage involves chainsaw teams, debris removal, covering holes with tarps, etc. The next stage would be repairing the damage like the hole in a roof.  

Baptist Men and Samaritan’s Purse are working out of the same site in Colerain.  

“Everybody is needed,” Brunson said.  

On April 16, as soon as a tornado had come and gone, Baptist Men sent assessment personnel out to see what response would be needed.  

“We need to be where the greatest need is,” Brunson said.  

With tornadoes, Brunson said it was hard for people to know where to go and what to do.  

“It’s just so quick,” he said.  

To help visit www.baptistsonmission.org or donate to North Carolina Baptist Men, P.O. Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512. Call (800) 395-5102, ext. 5599, to volunteer.  

Visit samaritanspurse.org.

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4/25/2011 8:05:00 AM by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor | with 0 comments



India village gets clean water from Lenoir church

April 25 2011 by Caroline Anderson, Baptist Press

For most Americans, having clean water simply means walking into the kitchen. For a village in India, having clean water meant walking more than a mile, round trip.  

One woman from North Carolina and her Sunday School class decided to shorten the walking distance for a village in India.  

Katie Justice heard about the need for water in this village of more than 200 people after members of her church, Flemings Baptist Church in Lenoir, took a mission trip to work with her nephew Cal Hardison.* Hardison and his wife, Maggie, work with national pastors in the area.  

Justice learned from the mission trip debrief that the only usable well in the village had not been properly maintained and the water was too dirty to drink. The United Nations estimates most villages in India do not have clean drinking water, with one in six people in the world denied access to clean, fresh water. The Hardisons said village women going for water would bring back as much as they could carry in containers, often weighing as much as 41 pounds — while carrying their babies at the same time. This water provided for their families daily needs — drinking, cooking and cleaning.  

The U.N. suggests every person needs five to 13 gallons of water a day.  

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No longer without clean water, a national pastor in India stands by a newly built well. Members of a Sunday School from Flemings Baptist Church in Lenoir, contributed the money to build the well.


Justice and several friends from her Sunday School class decided to send $1,000 to build several wells in this village, to eliminate the mile-long walks.  

“After church one Sunday night, we were talking about the church budget not having a designated amount to send,” Justice said. “It seemed to us that we three, in fact, could be the ones to provide money for one or more wells.  

“Providing wells was a way to put our desire to show the love of our Savior Jesus to those in need,” Justice said.   

The well project also provided inroads for national pastors in the area to share the gospel. One of the wells was built on the property of a national partner.  

“It (the well) has created several opportunities for him and his wife to re-share the gospel and to share more stories from the Bible as the people come to his house to pump water,” Maggie Hardison said.  

Before, the national partner didn’t have much success in sharing the gospel. Hardison said the well strengthened his credibility in the community.  

“When he put in the well, many neighbors walked by and asked if they were going to be able to use it,” she said.  

There are two hand-pump wells in the village, one located in a government-owned school and another privately owned. The government school would not allow usage during school hours.  

The man who owned the private well wouldn’t allow anyone outside his family to use the pump. Villagers also were banned from using a well located on a mosque compound.  

“He told them, yes, that it would be available to anyone in the community,“ Hardison said.  

There are 10 known believers in the village, Hardison said. The majority of the village professes to be Hindu. Some of the villagers are Muslim. “People understand that the Christians are willing to help anyone in the community, despite religion or caste (class status),” Hardison said.  

A second well will be dug soon for the community.  

*Name changed.

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4/25/2011 7:57:00 AM by Caroline Anderson, Baptist Press | with 0 comments



McGee re-elected to state position

April 25 2011 by Wingate University

Jerry E. McGee, president of Wingate University, has been re-elected to serve as chairman of the presidents of North Carolina’s Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) until 2013. Upon the conclusion of this term, he will have served an unprecedented five consecutive years in this capacity. NCICU is the statewide organization of North Carolina’s 36 non-profit, private colleges and universities accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

A native of Rockingham, N.C., McGee has served as president of Wingate University since 1992, longer than any other current North Carolina college or university president. While at Wingate University, he has increased enrollment by 145 percent, founded a School of Pharmacy and Levine College of Health Sciences and added more than 20 new buildings.

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4/25/2011 7:56:00 AM by Wingate University | with 0 comments



Wingate receives top honors in survey

April 25 2011 by press release

While all North Carolina colleges and universities claim that they require liberal arts students to take courses in such “core” subjects as composition, mathematics and science, some provide exemptions from core requirements or allow a range of options so broad that the “core” is effectively lost, a new survey shows.

Released by the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, a nonprofit public policy research organization, the survey examines core course requirements at 48 of the 54 accredited baccalaureate colleges and universities in the state.

The core subjects are composition, economics, foreign language, literature, mathematics, science and U.S. history or government.

The data were compiled and analyzed by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), an independent non-profit organization that works with trustees, alumni, and education leaders across the United States. ACTA’s “What Will They Learn?” database currently includes curricula data for more than 750 colleges and universities around the country, including the 48 North Carolina schools. The database can be found online at the following web site: www.WhatWillTheyLearn.com.

In North Carolina, as elsewhere, what students are required to learn depends on the college.

While ACTA didn’t find a single North Carolina school that requires students to take courses in all seven core subject areas, it did find one school — Wingate University — that requires students to take courses in six of the seven, earning Wingate top honors in the survey, a grade of “A.” Nationwide, just 17 other schools have received grades of “A.”

Among the other Baptist and historically Baptist schools, Campbell, Chowan, Gardner-Webb and Meredith College received Bs. Among these Campbell requires students take five courses from the seven core areas. The others only require four.

Mars Hill College received a C, and Wake Forest University received a D.

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4/25/2011 7:52:00 AM by press release | with 0 comments



Board picks Blume to lead Recorder

April 24 2011 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor

After several months of searching the Biblical Recorder named its new editor/president officially today.

The BR Board voted April 18 to call K. Allan Blume, pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone, as its new editor.

The pastor announced the decision to his church today during the church’s two morning services.

Blume has been Mount Vernon Baptist’s pastor for more than 16 years. His last day to preach will be May 15. A Gideons speaker will preach May 22, Blume’s last Sunday at the church.

Blume will start at the Biblical Recorder May 25.

A search committee met March 25-26 interviewing three candidates for the position of editor/president. They brought him before the Board’s spring meeting for a vote, which was unanimous.

Born in Charlotte, Blume has undergraduate degrees from Wingate College and Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. He has a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He has been on staff at churches in Texas, Oklahoma and North Carolina: pastor of Statesville Avenue Baptist Church, Charlotte (12 years); and executive pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Charlotte (five years).

He has held leadership positions within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC). He ended a three-year term as president of the BSC Board of Directors in 2009. He was president of the North Carolina Baptist Pastor’s Conference in 1997.

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Allan Blume (see video message)


Blume also held positions within his local Baptist associations. He is serving as the chairman of the Vision Fulfillment Committee for the BSC. That committee continues to tour the state listening to North Carolina Baptists and their ideas for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

Because of Blume’s new position he has had to resign from two SBC committees. He had recently been named to the SBC’s Resolutions Committee for the upcoming annual meeting June 14-15 in Phoenix. He currently serves on the SBC Executive Committee, and will resign from that post due to SBC by-law requirements.

He shared three overarching goals with the Board — be biblical; keep the focus on the Great Commission; and glorify God.

1) Be biblical. Blume stressed that he stands “unapologetically” on the Word of God. His goal is for the Biblical Recorder to live up to its name and be biblical in theology, in practice (strategy and procedure), and in conduct (integrity and civility).

2) Keep the focus on the Great Commission.

“Baptists are people who love missions,” Blume said. “We want to be part of that. We’re called to be missionaries.”

As pastor of Mount Vernon, Blume said he led his church into the mindset of being a missionary training center. He encouraged his church members to be on mission wherever they are. In the last 12 years Blume said there have been 20 family units from his church that have become vocational missionaries.

3) Glorify God.

“I believe God is glorified when we tell His stories,” Blume said. Using the acronym DIGG, Blume asks Does It Glorify God?

Blume said he pictures the Recorder as the “central convergence,” a place where the voices of Baptists come together. Blume says others tell him he has leadership as well as administration abilities that will serve him well at the Biblical Recorder.

His years as a pastor as well as a leader on the local, state and national level, will help him guide the Recorder to make history.

“We’re not going to rewrite history,” Blume said in an interview April 18. “We have work to do.”

Blume said he doesn’t want to get caught “in the world of the negative,” but instead wants to move ahead. He often looks back to his life verse, Luke 1:37, for inspiration: “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.”

He and his wife Pam have one adult son, Jeremy, who lives in Atlanta, Ga.  

Searching
The search committee — Gerald Hodges, chairman of the Board of Directors and pastor of Westwood Baptist Church, Roxboro; Jo Andrews, member of Lawndale Baptist Church, Greensboro; Robert Hefner, staff member at Mud Creek Baptist Church, Hendersonville; Richard Hicks, interim pastor of East Lumberton Baptist Church; and Don Warren, member of Parkwood Baptist Church, Gastonia — was named in November 2010 at the Baptist State Convention annual meeting and began discussing the process in December.

Norman Jameson, the previous editor resigned effective Dec. 31, 2010. His resignation came at the October board meeting.

Hodges said the Board received 18 resumes from qualified candidates and many more inquiries. Hodges stressed that the search was covered in prayer as were the three candidates they met with in March.

“Each one of these individuals was highly qualified and any one of them would have been a great Editor,” Hodges said.

In an email, Hodges said Blume brings his “vast experience as a Senior Pastor and a deep love of the local church. He understands how important the creative use of technology will be to the future success of the Recorder. He knows and loves North Carolina Baptists and has an exciting vision for the Recorder.  

“During Allan and Pam’s time with us at our Board’s spring meeting I think it was clear to all of us that God had long been at work in many ways preparing them for this task.”

Hodges said the Board received glowing recommendations for Blume from several Baptist leaders: Michael C. Blackwell, president of Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina; Ed Yount, senior pastor of Woodlawn Baptist Church, Conover, and president of the BSC; Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest; Greg Mathis, senior pastor of Mud Creek Baptist Church, Hendersonville; Al Gilbert, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Winston-Salem; and Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer.

“I know him to be a strong leader, a compassionate pastor, and a man who is dedicated to Kingdom causes,” said Blackwell.

“During the three years that he was president of the Board of Directors, I, along with many others, saw Allan as fair, steady-at-the-helm, and dedicated to advancing the cause of Christ in North Carolina.”

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BR Board recognizes employees


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4/24/2011 6:05:00 AM by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor | with 0 comments



BR Board recognizes employees

April 24 2011 by BR staff

During the April 18 Biblical Recorder Board meeting the directors wanted to publicly thank the employees who’ve continued to produce BR content through its print edition and online during the months without an editor.

A motion was made by Richard Hicks, vice chairman of the BR Board and interim pastor of East Lumberton Baptist Church in Lumberton, to voice appreciation to the staff:

“The Board of Directors of the Biblical Recorder wish to publicly express our deep appreciation to the staff of the Biblical Recorder. During this time of transition Dianna Cagle, assistant managing editor; Amie Moore, circulation manager; and Alison McKinney, business and advertising manager; have dedicated themselves to the task of managing, writing, and producing the Biblical Recorder.

“They have worked long hours, often doing double duty, serving our Lord and North Carolina Baptists. From your Board of Directors, thank you for a job well done!”

Related story
Board picks Blume to lead Recorder


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4/24/2011 6:03:00 AM by BR staff | with 0 comments



Mother’s Day Offering makes ‘all the difference’

April 22 2011 by North Carolina Baptist Hospital

“I could never say thank you enough to fellow North Carolina Baptists for helping pay my hospital bill through the Mother’s Day Offering,” said Jim Gentry, a member of Mission Home Baptist Church in Fleetwood. “They gave us so much hope and strengthened our faith in the goodness of God. They were a life-saver, believe me.”

God’s healing hand has been with Jim through heart surgery, two carotid artery procedures, and surgery for lung cancer at North Carolina Baptist Hospital (a part of Wake Forest Baptist Health). “The doctors and staff at Baptist are just wonderful. We’ve been amazed at how nice and caring everyone has been. We are so thankful,” he said.

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Jim and Shirley Gentry


In the midst of their gratitude, Jim and his wife, Shirley, faced the burden of tremendous financial stress after his second carotid surgery. The constant pressure and worries made recovery much more difficult.

“We were having a tough time just making it. I’m retired and have a fixed income. Shirley had just changed jobs and wasn’t working full time. We were covered up in bills and the debt was getting deeper. The bill collectors were calling. We were doing the best we could, but couldn’t make ends meet. The stress wouldn’t stop.”

When Jim’s hospital bill arrived, on top of all the other bills, they were overwhelmed. “The Gentrys fell between the cracks of assistance with his hospital bill,” said Paul Mullen, director of church and community relations at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. “They had too much to qualify for government assistance or charity care, but not enough to pay his hospital bill they were responsible for. They were burdened every day with worry and fear.”

“Christ’s compassion is meant for people like Jim and Shirley,” Mullen said. “Near the heart of His agape-type love is mercy, kindness and benevolence toward others in need. That’s what the Mother’s Day Offering is all about. I had the privilege of sending Jim a letter that said, ‘Your hospital bill has been paid by compassionate and mission-minded North Carolina Baptists in the name of Jesus Christ and His love.’ ”

“When I got that letter, I couldn’t keep from crying,” Jim said. “When Shirley read it, she cried, too. They were tears of relief. It took such a huge burden off our shoulders. North Carolina Baptists showed us that God is still working through His people — that He still cares about us.”  

“I’d like them to know that they made all the difference in the world for us.”

Mullen added his gratitude to North Carolina Baptists for their generosity and compassion for patients in need like Jim Gentry. “They are extending the hands of Christ’s love through the Mother’s Day Offering, helping people get back on their feet. God is at work through our gifts, drawing people closer to Christ in life-changing gratitude,” he said. “As I’ve heard countless patients say, I could never say thank you enough. Please join me in praying for the 2011 Mother’s Day Offering. And please give generously as God leads you.”

Mother’s Day Offering materials, including a video of patient testimonials, were mailed to every N.C. Baptist church. See video at www.mothersdayoffering.org. Materials can be obtained by calling (336) 716-3027 or email pmmullen@wfubmc.edu.

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4/22/2011 9:40:00 AM by North Carolina Baptist Hospital | with 0 comments



Mullinax, Rathburn receive Bryan caring awards

April 22 2011 by Mars Hill College

Marc Mullinax, professor of religion and philosophy, and senior student Kristina Rathburn of Burnsville have received the 2011 G. MacLeod Bryan Caring Awards at Mars Hill College (MHC).

The Bryan Caring Award was one of several awards for service presented at the Mars Hill College Community Service Convocation, April 12. The Caring Award recognizes members of the college community who make significant contributions to a better community and a better world. It recognizes recipients who have made a positive impact on the community, whose involvement in the community is ongoing, whose action in the community is directed at serious social challenges and who works to connect the campus and wider community.

Rathburn and Mullinax


The award was named in honor of G. McLeod (“Mac”) Bryan, a member of the MHC class of ’39, and a professor at Wake Forest University, who not only worked tirelessly for the cause of peace and justice, but influenced countless others to join the cause. This is the first year that award was presented since his death in September 2010.

Rathburn has been active in planning, promoting and participating in many service activities and events on campus. Notably, she was a lead planner for the 2010 and 2011 “Hunger Weeks” at MHC, which raised awareness of food insecurity.

Mullinax is a 1977 graduate of Mars Hill who went on to earn degrees at the University of Tennessee, Southeastern Seminary and Union Seminary in New York. He has taught religion and philosophy at Mars Hill for more than 10 years.

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4/22/2011 9:34:00 AM by Mars Hill College | with 0 comments



Church’ ‘Dance Your Shoes Off’ video goes viral

April 22 2011 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

HOUSTON — It’s unlike any Baptist-produced Easter video you’ve ever seen, and it’s gotten more than 300,000 views on YouTube — and lots of positive feedback from around the world.

It’s a high-energy music video called “Dance Your Shoes Off,” and it shows 2,000 members of Second Baptist Church in Houston dancing and worshipping to a song about Christ’s resurrection. With the Houston skyline in the background and with hundreds of curious people watching, the members move their arms, legs and feet to the choreographed dance steps that took about a month to learn. At the end of the five-minute video, they point to the sky, and then walk off the field without their tennis shoes, and we learn all the shoes — brand new — were collected for people in need.

A video showing 2,000 members of a Houston Baptist church dancing en masse to a song about the resurrection has gone viral on YouTube, with more than 300,000 viewers. See video.


“It’s become much more global and bigger than we had ever imagined,” said Second Baptist associate pastor Steve Seelig, who got the idea for the video after watching a similar video in 2010 made by a church in Hungary. That one was called “Resurrection Sunday Dance,” and involved about 1,300 people dancing in downtown Budapest.

“I was so inspired by that, and I thought, ‘If an Eastern bloc country can do that, how much more should we in the Bible Belt be able to get out and celebrate our beliefs?” Seelig told Baptist Press.

The song — called “Rise Up” — may be just as popular as the video and is available on iTunes with a user rating of five out of five stars. It was written by Josh Moore, a church member who also is member of the Christian contemporary group Caedmon’s Call. Lauren James Carney, a worship leader at one of the church’s five campuses, sang it. LifeWay Worship has made the video and song available for churches to download at LifeWayWorship.com.

“The global response to this has been amazing — the number of churches from all around the world that have contacted us and are going to use this in their Easter worship services,” Seelig said. “People all over the world are calling us and saying, ‘This has been such a blessing to us.’”

The video also was intended as a “creative way to invite people to our Easter services,” Seelig said.

The video includes people from all five campuses dancing, but they didn’t come together en masse until the day the video was shot. Instead, they practiced at their respective church campus or at home. The dance steps were made available on DVD and online. The weekend before the video was filmed, everyone learned where they would be standing on the field, which had grids. It was shot at Discovery Green, a downtown Houston park that the church reserved.

“We had several thousand people there just watching,” Seelig said.

The event produced several inspiring stories. The oldest dancer in the video is a man in his 80s who had a heart transplant in the past five years and was saved shortly thereafter. There are children in the video as well as people of many races.

Not everyone could afford the shoes, but God provided, Seelig said. “We had a lady who walked up to one of our pastors one Sunday and said, ‘I’ve learned the dance and bought the tennis shoes but I’ve hurt my leg and I can’t dance.’ The pastor said, ‘Well, let me work on that.’ He turned around and a lady walked up to him and said, ‘I’ve learned the dance but we’ve had some financial hard times so I can’t afford the tennis shoes.’ They put those two ladies together, and they wore the same size shoe.

“I love stories like that.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Foust is associate editor of Baptist Press.)

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4/22/2011 9:22:00 AM by Michael Foust, Baptist Press | with 0 comments



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