The Women’s Ministries Department of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC) brought a generous offering of more than $42,000 to Emmanuel’s 74th Annual Vision 4 Education (formerly known as the Feast of Ingathering) on Friday, October 7, 2022.
Vision 4 Education represents years of commitment and hard work by the Women’s Ministries team to help provide scholarships for students to pursue a Christ-centered education at Emmanuel.
Emmanuel College President, Dr. Ron White opened the ceremony by welcoming the ladies to campus and expressing his appreciation for their faithfulness.
“For 74 years the women of the IPHC have brought financial gifts to this annual celebration,” Dr. White said. “We are grateful for the faithfulness and the devotion of the Women’s Ministries Department to our students and Emmanuel College.”
Women’s Ministries Department Director, Whitney Davis shared why the event is special to her and the mission of the Women’s Ministry Department.
“In this cultural climate that we live in today, we know that Christian institutions of higher learning are essential as we seek to raise the next generation of leaders for the Kingdom of God,” she said. “We saw many of those showcased here today and so thank you, President White, faculty, and staff for investing in the next generation.”
Joining Davis at the event were Brenda Grasty (WM General Board), Tammy Porter (Appalachian Conference), Janice Marshburn (North Carolina Conference), and Janice Evatt (Spirit Life), Natasha Pratt (Cornerstone Conference), Mr. Morris Smith (South Carolina Conference)
Emmanuel sophomore, Autumn Tuckey shared at the event how God led the way for her to attend Emmanuel.
“My junior year in high school, I accepted the call into ministry and began looking at Christian colleges,” she said. “I prayed that God would open a door for me to do what he had for me and a few days later I learned of a family in my church wanting to send someone to Emmanuel College. I realized at that moment that if I was supposed to go to Emmanuel, this was God’s way of directing me there.”
For Autumn, this was just one of the many ways that God confirmed that she belonged at Emmanuel.
“God knew what I needed and he provided that for me here,” she said. “I found a community and a family here at Emmanuel.”
She closed by reminding students to make the most of their opportunity at Emmanuel.
“You’re here for a reason,” she said. “No matter where you’re from, how you got here, or why you think you’re here. You are not here by accident. You are here for a purpose so take advantage of the opportunities you have while you’re here to learn, grow, and love others.”