It was a momentous occasion to witness the installment of the upper section of the Clock Tower. Our students and faculty gathered to watch the process, which unfolded smoothly, thanks to God. We are grateful for God’s continual blessings toward the college and His protection of the workers involved in each of the campus projects. The basic framed structure of the tower is now completed, graced by a small finial on the top. Let us continue in prayer that the rest of the project will progress according to plan and will bring glory to God at its completion.
Update on the Clock Tower! The project has rapidly unfolded since the June update. The campus body praises the Lord for the progress in construction and is greatly anticipating hearing its musical notes that will waft across campus and will lift spirits to glorify God in heaven.
The top of the Clock Tower is now mostly assembled and the metal roofing will be finished in the coming days to follow. Once completed, it will be placed on the tower. In addition, the Contemplation Wall (the wall at the base of the tower) is taking shape. Almost each day, workers, including some of AWC’s skilled students, are giving time and effort toward reaching the finished product.
The 2021 Fall Semester has started. The campus became alive once more as the freshmen came for Freshman Orientation on Friday. Student Life introduced the newcomers to one another and helped the new students transition into college life. Once they were settled into their new surroundings, the students registered for their classes, which convened on Wednesday. Wednesday evening President Hardy challenged the freshman and previous students alike to grow spiritually throughout the semester. The AWC community is dedicated to aiding students in drawing closer to Christ, finding His will, and doing it. Praise the Lord for an abundance of new students, a group of passionate faculty, and the sense of His presence on the grounds of AWC.
Finally, the semester culminated with the Commencement exercises, where six students received four Bachelors of Arts (Nick Gullatt, Evan Letonek, Stephanie Neely, and Lee Pears), one Associate of Arts (Charity Letonek), and a Bible Certificate (Ardith Senych). The Commencement speaker was Rev. David Kaufman from Tioga Louisiana, and his admonition centered on the necessary relationship with God and courage to stand for His truth. We are grateful for God’s working in the lives of our graduates and their heart for God and His ministry. Let us continue to pray for them that they grow in grace and serve effectively in the calling which God has given them.
Thursday we were honored to participate in the Salem National Day of Prayer observance held in the Salem Memorial Building. The AWC ensemble, the two PR groups, a couple faculty members, and President Hardy had some part in the community event. It was wonderful to represent our movement and its heritage of prayer in such a dark day. We hope that our ministry had an impact on the people of Salem, and we were blessed to pray alongside fellow community members for the restoration of our nation in all respects. May the prayers that we pray not stop after a single day dedicated for prayer, but let our prayers continue in daily and fervent consistency for our nation.
Get-Acquainted Days started on Thursday afternoon and lasted clear through Friday. A significant number of energetic young people were mingling with students and participating in activities together. We were excited to see so many prospective students considering AWC for their college experience. They were introduced to the various programs offered: Pastoral Ministries, Cross-Cultural Missions, Music Ministry, and Elementary Education, along with other course route combinations. The theme of Get-Acquainted Days was Pillars. The visiting youth were challenged to take the necessary steps of preparation in order to be a pillar in God’s kingdom. They were encouraged to seek God’s will for Bible college and to place Him first in their lives. In the closing rally of the event, President Hardy gave a stirring admonition for the young people to make choices that will enable them to be strong spiritual pillars in the lives of others. After the rally, everyone enjoyed further activities together, and the event finally came to a close. God blessed us during Get-Acquainted Days 2021 with many students filling out applications to come in the fall semester. We are excited to be a part of the plan of God for guiding young people to serve God to the best of their capacity!
This week we were excited to have our seniors present their senior presentations for Faith and Contemporary Issues! We are proud of Evan Letonek, Lee Pears, Nick Gullat, and Stephanie Neely for this milestone in their lives, and we pray that they will be able to apply what they have learned here at AWC to successfully find and do the will of God.