Get-Acquainted Days 2022 was a joy for the campus community! We were excited to welcome around 60 prospective students on campus to consider AWC’s potential part of God’s plan for their lives. The event theme for this year was Uniquely Woven and was based upon Romans 11:29, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” God has given every young person unrevokable talents for His service. Through all the class sessions and program presentations, the primary purpose of Get-Acquainted Days is to provide a vision to young people about how God can develop and use their abilities for His glory. The opportunities of a life completely consecrated to God and His will are boundless and satisfying. Praise the Lord for His power and plans for the present generation!
We are grateful to all who attended the Appreciation Banquet and made it possible by giving toward the needs of students. Over $63,000 worth of scholarships were given to needy students in support of their striving and studying to find and do the will of God! The Lord has truly blessed us with a wonderful support community who encourage AWC in its mission to prepare young people to do the work of the Lord, at home and abroad. We were privileged to hear from missionaries who testified of AWC’s impact in preparing them for service to God in cross-cultural settings. In addition, President Hardy presented current information about the progressing plans for the completion of the William and Rosemary Cope Clock Tower and encouraged our hearts in the remembrance of the wonderful Wesleyan heritage we experience as a holiness Bible college. As we recognize God’s hand on AWC, we are humbled to think about what God has accomplished and continues to accomplish on the behalf of our generation. Praise God for His continued presence and for the support He sends to us through His people!
As the greenery is sprouting in this spring season, the campus is taking on a new appearance with the various projects progressing. The siding of Sexton Hall has almost entirely been changed, and the brickwork around the Clock Tower has begun. Rhoades Hall and Sexton Hall have had their names placed on the front of the overhangs, giving a sense of freshness to their externals. In addition, the Zvaritch house remodeling project has reached the stages of painting and the installation of new windows. When taking a moment on campus to stop and look at what has been accomplished, we sense a deep sense of gratefulness and awe for how the Lord has provided the funds and labor for the various projects. Thank the Lord for the continued progress of the improvements around campus!
The AWC Spring 2022 Choir Tour was marked with God’s help and presence! The choir traveled to services ranging from Danville, Ohio, to DeRidder, Louisiana. The choir was especially grateful for the blessing of the new bus the Lord provided. In contrast to the previous bus, for which we were grateful, this new bus could maintain the speed limit in difficult terrain and had fully functional heat and air conditioning. Thank the Lord for His blessings and for His hand of protection along the lengthy journey.
We are so thankful for the hospitality displayed at each of the churches we visited, and we are also thankful for the sacrificial contributions given to the school for the continued growth and development of young people toward the purpose of serving God in a Christian capacity. The warm welcomes at each place helped to encourage the choir in their continued journey! Special thanks is due to Rev. Andy Cooley, who drove the bus over 2,300 miles in various weather conditions. Thank the Lord for how His presence descended in the services, strengthening and lifting both choir and congregation to a fuller worship of the Lord of all!
After the completion of Rhoades Hall for student use, the Sexton Hall library building became the next academic building slotted for changes. The exterior is being redesigned to resemble that of Rhoades Hall and the D. R. Kaufman Memorial Building. In addition, the interior will be remodeled over the summer to allow for an extension to the library. Many people have already labored extensively to see this project progress, and we are grateful for their time and ability.
Also, we recently held our annual Singspiration event in the D. R. Kaufman Memorial building. Around 430 people attended the event and enjoyed the talented and God-honoring music of various young people and families. We appreciate those who spent hours of preparation to minister to our hearts with song, and we especially thank the Quales for coordinating the music. Thank the Lord for the ability to gather together as a community of believers and think on all that God has done for us and all that He will continue to do! As a special treat, the event was sponsored by Allegheny Wesleyan Youth In Missions. Rev. Benjamin Blowers and Rev. Gabriel Clyde spoke to the young people about the wonderful possibility of experiencing a mission field to gain a better vision for God’s plan of redemption. After the program was finished, everyone enjoyed refreshments sold by class organizations and the newly established Daily Grind, and the young people threw themselves into the following volleyball and basketball games! Thank you for your support and prayers for AWC, where we are endeavoring to prepare young people for Christian ministry wherever God may lead them.
We are grateful for accreditation with the Association of Biblical Higher Education. This February, we sent a representative team for the annual ABHE Convention in Florida. Jeanne Zvaritch, Katrina Kaufman, Katie Marsh, and Crystal Whitham attended the convention on behalf of AWC and professional academic development. Both Jeanne Zvaritch and Katrina Kaufman received the Executive Leadership Training Certification. The Lord has blessed us with a talented team of staff and faculty dedicated to equipping young people for service. Keep us in your prayers as we endeavor to show young people that the best way to live is “Where God is First.”
Because of monetary support, we have been able to approach the goal of remodeling staff and faculty housing that has been on campus for many years. This semester the Zvaritch home is being remodeled. At this point, the interior has been gutted, and new studs have been put in place. Thank you to all the maintenance and construction workers who are working hard to help the project flow smoothly! AWC is grateful to all who contribute in some form to help the Lord’s work continue. Much exists behind the scenes in the operation of training young people, and those who make all this happen are deeply appreciated!
Praise the Lord for the leadings of the Spirit during our Winter Revival! We were blessed by the ministry of the Rev. Joshua Davis family as God clearly spoke through His servants every service. As the Spirit led unerring, many victories were won, and new light was obtained. In fact, God is continuing to shed His light on our lives. In Hebrews 11:6, the Bible tells that God “is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” We saw clear evidence of this throughout the week with obedient and determined hearts, and we also recognized that God’s anointing was upon the services as a result of the preceding prayer for revival. Prayer, diligent prayer, is a necessity if we are to see God work the way He desires. God kept His promise for us, and we are so thankful for His sweet presence. We thank the Davises for obeying God and delivering His truth through, song, testimony, and preaching. We are looking to Him, “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), and we are trusting Him to work His perfect will in us. All praise be to God.
The Spring 2022 Semester has begun! Our students have returned with life and energy to a somewhat changed campus. Sexton Hall is undergoing some renovations to accommodate for a library expansion, and the newly remodeled Rhoades Hall is currently in use. Rhoades Hall has four classrooms, one of which is a new piano lab for piano practice and lessons. The Student Success Center is also located in Rhoades Hall, and Professor Forrider, the General Education Department Chair, is there throughout the day to help students with any academic needs. The main entrance of Rhoades Hall opens into the Student Center with a functional coffee shop, The Daily Grind. Here, students can study in a relaxed setting geared for social collaboration and activity. Our students have already been putting this building to good use during this first week of school, and the improvements in Rhoades Hall will aid AWC in training students to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. With God’s blessings in mind, we are anticipating spiritual, social, and academic growth in this semester, for we know that God has good plans for His people. As we continue to covet His presence in our midst, we can be assured that we will have His help and leadership for 2022.