As the year draws to an end, I like to look back and reflect on the growth that Columbia International University has seen in 2019. One hundred years ago, God answered the prayers of six young women who were searching for a Bible college in our town of Columbia, South Carolina. Now, decades later, I believe that CIU remains proof of this. These women were not afraid to dream big, and God made their dream and reality.
At CIU, we equip students with the education needed to take the gospel to people around the globe. We reach this audience through our grit and love for Jesus, as well as through God’s agenda. He works through us to make a difference in the world and in Columbia. Reflecting on some of the most recent examples of this, I am in awe of what our growing university has accomplished.
Columbia International University integrated our first-ever Women’s Leadership course, completed this fall semester by 11 female students. The program sets up women with the education needed to successfully lead others by combining their natural skill set with spiritual knowledge. Pointing back to biblical women who displayed tremendous leadership examples, Romans 16:7 comes to mind:
“Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.”
Even more humbling, I was recently recognized by representatives of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for supporting U.S. Military Guard and Reserve members. It was an honor to receive the Patriot Award – Recognizing CIU’s efforts to offer a seamless education for those who have served or are actively serving our military. This is just another example of how our university works to educate people from all walks of life from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ.
Columbia International University also sees excellent success with our Monticello Road revitalization. Though this project is long term and spread amongst seven purchased properties, it is rewarding to see achievements within each phase, and how these revitalization projects are impacting Columbia’s neighborhoods. The new Richland County Sheriffs’ Department substation is completed, and since then, the adjacent neighborhoods have provided overwhelmingly positive feedback.
I have always firmly believed that it is within a university’s obligation to invest back into communities and promote economic development, which I think that CIU is doing in Columbia, South Carolina. I am eager to see what successes 2020 will bring to CIU.
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