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President's Perspective: Intentional Generosity

Dr. David Spittal
Accent Fall 2017

The Harvest Prayer sculpture, at the center of campus, is a constant reminder of a God who provides for the needs of his people. Depicting the planting of seed and the anticipation of a harvest, the farmer recognizes his total dependence upon God who causes the seed to grow. His effort and investment prepared the way, but his unshakable faith in God is the substance of his hope and anticipation of things to come.

From time to time we all make impulsive decisions and experience what is called “buyer’s remorse.” Usually these small choices do not significantly impact us, but in the major decisions of life, Scripture calls us to be discerning and intentional stewards of God’s gifts. The Greek word proaireomai means to “choose deliberately” or “make up one’s own mind.” William Barkley wrote that the overflow of the heart “wakens a desire that cannot be stilled.” Intentional generosity is not impulsive, but is an awakening that comes from the overflow of a God-inspired heart. God calls us to prepare the way, plant seeds of faith and anticipate the harvest to come.

Last year we honored 50 years of pioneer heroes who prayed earnestly, sacrificed greatly and deliberately invested in the vision of this college on the prairie. Because they planted seeds of faith along the way, generations of lives have been transformed in this special place.

Bright Futures, the Campaign for MNU, is a new dream for the future. Intentional gifts given from the heart will support endowments, academic programs, technology upgrades and the beautiful new Cunningham Student Center. We are grateful for those who have already captured the vision and invite others to join in the amazing journey of faith called MidAmerica Nazarene University. Will you join them by investing in MNU’s Christ-centered mission to educate with excellence, transform lives and serve both the church and the world with passion and purpose?

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