Sharing America

Invite the world home by sharing your heart and home with a student from overseas. High schoolers from more than 30 countries are eagerly awaiting to hear who their host families will be.

SHARE! families are diverse. Traditional two-parent families (with or without children), single parents or adults and retired couples all make wonderful host families. Any adult with a safe, clean, loving environment is encouraged to host.

Host families provide a bed, three meals a day and a loving environment, friendship and a desire to share American culture. As a host family, you may also choose your own student who best fits into your family from over 30 locales such as Germany, France, Spain, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mexico, Belgium, Switzerland, China, Italy, South Korea, Denmark and Netherlands.

SHARE! students all speak English, come fully medically insured and with their own spending money for personal expenses. They attend the host family’s local high school for a school year or semester. Contact SHARE! to start your adventure of a lifetime! Contact Kenzie Talbert at (409) 781-4570 for more information.

Kenzie Talbert, Woodway

Keeping it real

Thank you for printing the “All are welcome, but don’t expect comfort” contribution by Mark Osler on Dec. 25. He rightly pointed out that “visiting Jesus brought the wise men not to safety but into danger. Because they visited him, honored him, someone became angry.” As a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth, “safely” residing in Central Texas, USA, I need to be reminded of that reality. The truth is, I want a relationship with him more than I want religion. Thank you for helping me keep it real.

Lanny Cline, Waco

Baylor acorns

It would appear the “acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree” when it comes to the Briles coaching clan and their ethics because of their “win-at-any-cost” philosophy.

Daddy Briles is fired for his mistakes, or ignorance, as head coach of the Baylor football team, followed within a few months of the news that assistant Baby Briles participated in recruiting violations that cost his employer a $5,000 fine by the NCAA. The fine levied against BU because of Baby Briles’ behavior is but a drop in the bucket, compared to Daddy Briles multi-million dollar golden parachute. Baylor Nation should seriously examine whether “winning,” as Charlie Sheen would say, is really worth the financial cost.

Mark Ethridge Woodward, Woodway

EDITOR’S NOTE: The NCAA alleges that Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles and assistant coach Tate Wallis tried to circumvent rules so they could see more football prospects in the spring. The two coaches reportedly attended track meets in spring 2015, placing Baylor over the NCAA limit of two evaluations per prospect during the spring recruiting period.