On Thursday, we held our annual Appreciation Banquet in honor of those who have sacrificed of their time and money to see the cause of Allegheny Wesleyan College go forward. We enjoyed delicious food, and the D. R. Kaufman Building was decorated beautifully for the occasion. It truly was a blessing to have ample space to hold the banquet. The evening was filled with beautiful orchestra music, stirring testimonies of students and teachers alike, and singing that was appropriate for the occasion. We were sad to hear that Rev. Rodger Stearns is taking a well-deserved retirement from teaching, and we appreciate his passion for his students and for the Word of God. Over $70,000 in scholarship monies was given to needy and deserving students. The Lord has truly blessed us beyond measure, and we are grateful to the individuals who have given of their hard-earned resources to help in the lives of young people. As a matter of fact, a good number of the students that received the scholarships are first-generation Christians, thanks to the grace of God. In light of God’s blessings to AWC, we will go on to give back to Him and His work here so that our students may, in turn, bless others around them.
What a time the choir had on Spring Choir Tour! It was a tour that produced a mixture of fun and excitement with wonderful services and spiritual blessings. The choir was able to minister at churches in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, and Ohio. We are thankful for a group of young men and women students who worship God in their lives and show God in their song and testimony. We thank God for His great presence in service after service. We are always grateful for the hospitality that many different ones afforded our choir with food and lodging and this year was no exception – thank you all for your part, we deeply appreciate it! We are especially thankful to our bus driver, Brother Andy Cooley, for safely driving the choir over 3,000 miles! Getting to share in worship and praise with people all across the country was a great privilege of ours! We trust that God will receive all the honor from this tour.
We were privileged this week to have missionaries from India come speak at our Wednesday evening prayer meeting. Andrew Street and his wife, Morgan, came and spoke of the opportunities for Business As Missions endeavors as well as the great need in India for laborers. Although missionaries are needed desperately in India, the country is closed to missionary visas. However, entry is granted to people with business visas. As a result, interpersonal evangelism is becoming a greater necessity. Christian workers are needed who are willing to work long, hard hours in order to touch people’s lives in everyday activities. With abuse and human trafficking skyrocketing in India, the need for aware and determined missionaries increases. Our mission at Allegheny Wesleyan College is to train young people to be effective holiness laborers and witnesses in a social context. We desire to help our students to catch the vision of the quantity and various types of laborers that are needed to reach a lost and dying world.
On Tuesday of this week we were excited to have the Allegheny Missions Convention hold services on campus and at the Salem Wesleyan Methodist Church. In the morning session, Rev. Gabriel Clyde spoke about Youth in Missions and the heart of missionary work. The Rev. Daniel Hardy Jr. family sang a beautiful special in the afternoon service, and Sarah Hardy gave her personal testimony of how God led her to Northwest Indian Bible School and how God was working in the lives of the Native Americans. In the final evening service, Rev. Daniel Hardy Jr. gave a moving account of the struggles and end goal involved in the ministry at NIBS. Rev. Dan Kaufman closed the convention with a stirring call for missionaries across the world. May the needy people around us give us a deeper burden to support missions and go forth to proclaim the gospel.
This past week has been full of excitement indeed! It was School Spirit Week, and the students, along with the staff and faculty, participated with much energy and creativity. The various themes were Messed-up Monday, Twin Tuesday, Work-Force Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and Faculty and Staff Friday. The many outfits that were put together were funny and thoughtful.
However, the main highlight of this week was our annual Singspiration in the D.R. Kaufman Memorial Building, which was dedicated about a year ago. It was quite a disappointment when schooling became remote immediately following the dedication of the brand new building. However, we are grateful for the wonderful enrollment God has given us this year, and we are thoroughly enjoying the blessing of the D.R. Kaufman Memorial Building. This year’s Singspiration included a beautiful music service, along with activities for the young people following the service. It is wonderful to fellowship together with music and wholesome entertainment.
Allegheny Wesleyan College had the privilege of ministering at the local International Holiness Convention in Northern, Ohio this previous week. The Wednesday service was held at Salem Wesleyan Methodist Church with the AWC choir, Rejoice PR group, and senior student, Chester Waters sharing in parts of the service. In addition, Proclaim and Rejoice PR groups went with the traveling IHC to other services in the area, namely the Salem Bible Methodist Church, the Barberton Rescue Mission, and Crystal Park. It was a wonderful time of song and sermon as we met with brothers and sisters in the Lord.
In addition, we have posted the honors for exceptional students from the Fall of 2020. Congratulations to all the students who put much time and effort into their studies! Click here to view the page.
The snow and cold have been upon us this week at AWC! Yet, while we’ve been facing the winter elements, our academic dean, Mrs. Jeanne Zvaritch, and our business manager, Miss Katrina Kaufman, have flown down to warm and sunny Florida to participate in the ABHE convention. ABHE is the organization that recognized AWC as an accredited academic institution. A special thank you to Katie Marsh for transporting them to the airport in icy weather! Mrs. Zvaritch and Miss. Kaufman will be working with ABHE to achieve further certification in their respective fields. It’s a privilege for us to have them representing Allegheny Wesleyan College and we hope they enjoy this time away from their usual busy schedules. We are looking forward to what God has in store for our college and how He will use this time to work as a glory to His kingdom.
This week we held our annual winter revival which we had been looking forward to. We were privileged with the ministry and fellowship of Reverend Brian and Sherry Spangler. Rev. Spangler’s Spirit-led series on seeking, finding, and doing the will of God was timely and encouraged each one to walk in God’s light and Word. God’s presence came in the messages, song services, testimonies, and special songs. Our students preciously sought the Lord’s will with open hearts, and wonderful victories were won. With the conclusion of revival, we are praying for the revival fire to continue to burn and work in our campus family. We look forward to what God has in store for AWC as we walk in the path God reveals. We want His ways above our own, and we remain encouraged in this uncertain day and age by the truth of John 16:13, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” Truly, with our hearts in tune with the Spirit of God, we can find and do His perfect will, whatever our circumstances.