The Grace University Orality class was invited to be the entertainment for Byron Bible Camp’s fund raiser in Huron, S.D. Seventeen students and volunteers made the 300-mile trip to support the ministry and share the Gospel. The students presented key Bible narratives with different creative orality strategies they learned during the fall semester.
Grace University students give more than 24,000 of community service each year. The students gave their time to serve and this was not part of a class assignment or an extra credit project.
“I talked with the group about the importance of sacrificial serving and doing something without the mindset of entitlement,” said Dr. Tara Rye, dean of women and course instructor. “I am proud of them. The entire class rearranged work schedules and homework to make this trip a reality.” The study of orality is a purposeful way of learning to transmit the Bible through a relational and social way so the stories can spread rapidly as an effective tool for evangelism and discipleship.
“The Bible is God’s word to us and it is 75% story. I am studying orality so that I can learn the stories of the Bible well in order to share them with others in the hopes of leading nonbelievers to Christ, as well as encouraging believers,” said Lauren Witteveen, junior Intercultural Studies major from Washington state. “The majority of people prefer to hear a story over a lecture, so I want to share the Gospel in a way that connects with people by telling Bible stories.”
More than 500 students, friends, alumni, faculty and staff enjoyed the 2015 Festival of Christmas Scholarship Concert, which helped raise funds for student scholarships. The beautiful annual event was held at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha.
The evening began with a dinner in the beautiful Storz Fountain Court, enjoyed by 80 people, and was followed by prayer for the University. The concert featuring the Grace University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Concert Band and instrumental ensembles was in the Witherspoon Concert Hall. Attendees also enjoyed music from special guests, the Omaha Christian Academy Choir, Omaha Academy Choir and the Papillion Area Concert Band Brass Ensemble.
Donations received at the concert were matched by the TRIPLE Match Challenge. A special thanks goes to the event sponsors who gave in support of student scholarships:
• Grace University Alumni
• J.P. Cooke Company
• Nebraska Arts Council
• Nebraska Cultural Endowment
Plan now to attend this great concert next year!
The Perspectives in Faith scholarship fundraising dinner brought in more than $95,000 for Grace University students Oct. 29 during the event at the Tip Top Ballroom.
The evening featured Dove Award winning Christian singer and songwriter Bryan Duncan. Honorees of the evening were Bill and Lucille Sapp, who received the Heritage Award for their commitment to Grace University and Christian higher education. Prior to the event, special guests met for a reception and had the opportunity to meet Bryan Duncan.
Tom and Monica Morrison served as event co-chairmen. Curt and Linda Hofer facilitated the donor participation. John Knicely, anchor WOWT, was the MC for the evening.
Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is a regionally accredited, private Christian university with more than 40 diverse areas of study for undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion students including education, business, psychology, music, nursing and Christian ministries. The university’s mission is to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically integrated education.