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Former President Challenges Providence Community
There are many opportunities today in Christian higher education. At the annual Harvest Festival Banquets at Providence University College and Seminary, Dr Ken Hanna, President from 1966 to 1979, highlighted three of these opportunities for the 500 people who attended over two nights in the Reimer Student Life Centre on campus. He said that, while the past has many good memories, Christian leaders must continue to dream of what the future holds.
One opportunity is globalization. Dr Hanna noted that our shrinking world has brought the mission field to our doorstep. He commended Providence for its outreach to international students from over twenty countries. A second opportunity is technology. Christian higher education can reach an ever widening group of students because they do not need to be in a traditional classroom to participate in courses. He noted that Providence has over twenty-five courses online. A third opportunity is continuing education for those already in a profession. Many people want to change careers or enhance their knowledge for their present career. Christian schools can provide the kind of ongoing education people want and need in a Christian setting. Dr Hanna challenged the Providence community to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.
The Harvest Festival program included a mini-concert by the Providence Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr Henry Schellenberg. The Singers were supplemented by a number of Providence alumni, which helped new members of the choir gain a vision for the year. In May the Chamber Singers will travel to Britain to sing and lead worship in various churches and other venues.
Providence Provost, Dr David Johnson, spoke to the theme of the evening, “Fulfilling the Vision.” He noted that God’s mission is to make the light of divine glory known among the nations, and he highlighted various recent alumni who are participating in that mission. He thanked the audience for participating with Providence to teach people to grow in knowledge and character for leadership and service. The evening also featured a Providence alumna and a current student discussing their Providence experience and how it is helping them find success in their present endeavours. Providence President, Dr August Konkel, rounded out the evening with an invitation for people to help Providence to fulfill God’s mission through their prayers and finances and by encouraging people to consider a Christian higher education.
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