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Two Young People on a Mission

Two Young People on a Mission

Across 61 years, my wife Kathleen and I have tried to "give back" to Greenville College regularly, and in increasing amounts as possible. In fact, GC has an important place in our will. Our final gift, though modest, will speak of our love for a college whose mission and people served us faithfully as we passed through its academic halls.

When we first arrived on the Greenville College campus September 1, 1951, Kathleen and I were on a serious mission. We were both 25, with a three­year-old daughter and a second child to arrive five weeks later. We had decided on short notice to pull up stakes in Canada, sell the Iittle we owned, ride a Greyhound bus to Detroit and buy a used car there to finish the journey.

Our serious mission was to complete my final two years of college. It was a faith venture that appeared risky to anyone who would have known our circumstances. There were no family resources to count on, and the money we had would cover our new arrival's expenses, but not the whole of my first semester. We were determined to make it work, but not sure how.

As a Canadian, I could not work for pay but could accept gifts for church work if unasked. I was a singer and speaker in Ontario, but it was months before word got around. We experienced frightening days of destitution that first semester.

Who could have known that within two years I would not only complete a degree, but also Kay and I together would find a place in a fellowship of lifetime friends, broaden our ministry vision and make an enduring place in our hearts for Greenville College - to this day a beloved alma mater.

Greenville College too has been on a mission - since 18911 It continues to have at its center the service of our Lord Jesus. It remains a relational and redemptive academic community, keenly interested in holding before students the call of the Master for a life of service, while preparing them in character and training for their calling.

We can only hope that many fellow alumni of the mid-twentieth century, now seniors as we are, will also be moved by love to leave behind a generous gift to Greenville College and her Christ-centered mission.


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