It was a joy to welcome our students back for our first chapel of the academic year, especially the more than 1,000 new students who have joined us this year. I am excited for what God is going to do in their 1,000 days on our campus. God has indeed been gracious to Cedarville University.
As we kicked off the new year, I took some time to catch the students up on what has been happening with construction on campus this summer and previewed the next phases of our campus master plan. Along with many new outstanding facilities on campus, we are at the beginning stages of launching a comprehensive fundraising campaign that includes student scholarships and a Global Outreach endowment that will make it possible for students to serve on short-term missions trips overseas. It is my heart’s desire that every student be able to take at least one Global Outreach trip during their 1,000 days at Cedarville, and this endowment will be a big step in making it possible.
I also introduced our goal this year to become a more prayerful campus. I want Cedarville to be known as a campus where prayer is a priority. Every Friday morning from 7-7:50 a.m., we are inviting the campus community to come together in prayer. We are enjoying a season of God’s blessing and success. Now is the time to double down in dependence on Him.
Finally, we looked ahead on our upcoming chapel series on the book of Nehemiah, “Faithful.” We will see how even when we are faithless, our God is faithful. We have a promise-keeping God who is ready to forgive and restore. I challenged the students – as I do myself and each of you – to seek Him as we start out this new academic year. I am praying for a revival on our campus like we have never seen before. Won’t you join me?
Watch yesterday’s chapel for more updates from campus, along with a preview of this year’s sermon series. Then, I hope you join us each week as we walk through Nehemiah to discover more about our faithful God.