As Thanksgiving approaches, students and faculty at Southern Adventist University have the opportunity to put in motion the truest possible meaning of the holiday. ‘We Give Thanks’ brings the campus together, uniting in prayers and praise on behalf of alumni and friends of university. This year’s event is November 21 at 5 p.m. in Lynn Wood Hall Chapel.
Born out of a desire to move beyond the simple ‘thank you’ card sent to constituents, We Give Thanks turns gratitude into a living, breathing action, said Geovanny Ragsdale, director of Advancement.
“God is so good to us here at Southern,” Ragsdale said. “He makes things happen through other people who invest in students here. Taking time to acknowledge and give thanks is the least we can do!”
Leading up to the event, an email is sent to parents, alumni, donors, and friends of Southern with a link to a page where they are able to submit petitions and praises. In the course of the 30-minute program, these thoughts are lifted to God as the Southern family participates in various styles of silent, single, and group prayers.
Isaac James, eCommunications Manager in Marketing and University Relations, greatly enjoyed last year's program.
“It was very touching,” James said. “It was nice to deliberately take that time to pray for people and sing.”