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Providence Celebrates a New School Year with Their Annual Harvest Festival Banquet

Providence University College and Theological Seminary held their annual Harvest Festival Banquets this past weekend. It was a successful weekend with over 400 alumni, supporters, friends and Board members filling the Otterburne campus for a fall celebration. 

Providence was excited to have Dr. Jonathan J. Bonk back on campus having previously served for twenty years as Professor of Global Christian Studies at Providence University College and Theological Seminary. He currently serves as Research Professor of Mission Studies directing the reference tool, Dictionary of African Christian Biography out of Boston University. Dr. Bonk spoke on “creator-memory”, a term that he described as the process of doing and being the kind of person God has called you to be; a way of living that requires action. Dr. Bonk went on to state that Providence is focused on being ‘givers’ rather than ‘getters’. Contributors of Providence are supporting an institution that looks forward, not in fear or finality, but in faith. 

The guests were also given the opportunity to hear from some of our Board members through a short video. The Board members, Don Streuber (President and CEO, Bison Transport), Toni Dueck (Business Partner, Pasco Holding Ltd./ Mennonite Media Society), Libby Hanna (Wiebe Investments), Roger Gingerich (Steinbach Medical Doctor), and Gordon Giesbrecht (Professor & Associate Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba) spoke about their involvement with Providence as well as the success of Providence’s graduates. Their hopes for the institution were that more students would hear about Providence and be able to experience it for themselves.

President, Dr. David Johnson, closed the night by inspiring the guests with stories of our alumni and their work around the world. President Johnson expressed that “Our students are making a difference for Jesus. They are making a difference in people’s lives. They are living out Jesus command to serve the least of these and they have a common ground here at Providence.” He stressed that Providence has a larger purpose and it is to strengthen churches and to build better communities.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and harvest, Providence is grateful for another opportunity to have presented their vision to their guests and thankful for the many people who continually support Providence University College and Theological Seminary. 

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