Early in November, two donors issued a matching gift challenge to our Southeastern partners. Donor #1 committed a matching gift of up to $50,000 with a desire to see it used toward annual fund needs. Donor #2 committed a matching gift of up to $50,000 with a desire to see it used for pastoral student scholarships. The stage was set, and we began to make our partners aware of the challenge and opportunity.

During December, Director of Development and Donor Relations, Steve Berry, was brought to tears multiple days as he returned from the post office and began opening letters and gifts from our partners. Currently, the business office has recorded $225,374.55 toward this campaign.

“Southeastern donors have always connected their Southeastern giving to the great commission. A gift to Southeastern transforms lives and extends the gospel.” – Steve Berry

Campus Renovations

Last summer, the dormitories experienced a makeover with renovated bathrooms and the dorm rooms being painted. More renovations are scheduled for this summer. We are planning to replace the old dorm room carpet with new carpet tiles. This will allow us to later replace one carpet tile at a time when there is small area damage.

Prior to the new carpet being installed, the maintenance department is repairing the sill damage to the bottom of our buildings. The damage has occurred as the caulking deteriorated during the last 31 years. All of the roofing bolts are being replaced as well. These water intrusion repairs must be completed before we install new carpet.

How Can You Help?

The maintenance department is in need to borrow a tractor with a front-end loader to help move the river rock that we will install around the perimeter of all dormitories. Prior to Hurricane Florence, the maintenance department used an excavator to dig out drainage areas around the campus that had silted in over time. We are confident that these efforts mitigated our water damage during the storm. The college has need and use for a tractor full-time, but for this project, if anyone could allow us to borrow a tractor for several weeks, it would be much appreciated.

Our friends and partners may now begin contributing donations towards the “Summer Renovations.” We are still gathering prices as we search for the best deals on the carpet. We hope to outfit all four dormitories with new carpet.

Cuba Pastor’s Family Retreat

For over a decade, Southeastern College has enjoyed a partnership with the Cedars of Lebanon Seminary in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. On January 21, President Ange and Steve Berry will lead a team of pastors and professors to teach and preach at the annual pastor’s family retreat. 100 attendees will gather at the annual retreat for an inspirational time of instruction, preaching, and fellowship. Dann Patrick and Wayne & Laurie Johnson will also be part of the team ministering during the retreat. Keith Holmstrand, a recent Southeastern graduate, completes the team. It is Keith’s second trip to minister in Cuba.