Six homeless residents in downtown Omaha were recently given a rather unique gift – a handwritten note, ham sandwich and a smile, delivered by Grace University student LaQuana Billingsley.
The good Samaritan student later learned that one of the sandwich recipients – Fred Shafer – was suicidal that day. Her small gesture of kindness changed his life. As a result, Fred ended up at Omaha’s Open Door Mission in a class taught by Dr. Tara Rye, Grace University’s Dean of Women. During this time, Shafer shared his story of a young woman who saved his life. He wanted to thank her.
Last month Shafer and Billingsley had a chance to meet. Smiles were exchanged; and the original handwritten note – still intact. The note was signed Yeshua AKA Jesus.
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Training missionaries is the primary focus of the Intercultural Studies Department. Students are being trained to serve in traditional foreign mission settings as well as being trained to serve in intercultural settings within businesses, church ministries, community development and education. Continue reading Missionaries-in-Training Visit Agricultural Center
During the annual Bible Conference, students were challenged to think about how multi-ethnic relationships and cultural conflicts impact ministries and their ability to reach others with the Gospel. Continue reading Students Challenged During Annual Bible Conference
Get into the spirit of the season by attending Grace University’s annual Festival of Christmas Scholarship Concert on Saturday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St., Omaha, Neb.
The proceeds from the event will benefit the Grace University scholarship fund. The Lincoln East High School choir along with Grace University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Concert Band, and instrumental ensembles will perform. Continue reading Grace University Presents Festival of Christmas Scholarship Concert
During the Running with the Royals 5K walk/run, students, faculty, staff and members of the community teamed up to raise funds for a study-abroad trip to Israel scheduled for May.
Participants dressed in their finest Prom attire for the race through Little Italy and the Dahlman Neighborhood. Continue reading Royal Racers Raise Funds to Study Abroad
Grace University has seen God’s miraculous blessing as we have worked to expand opportunities for our music students.
One of our most pressing issues is being able to train musicians and music educators on the type of instruments they will be using professionally. Our students were in need of a 5-octave marimba so they could play today’s repertoire of percussion arrangements.
For the past 2.5 years, many faithful donors have helped us raise $7,500 to purchase a new marimba. But when we found ourselves needing to order the marimba, we were $5,000 short.
Then God provided a miracle! Continue reading Donor Blesses Music Department
As part of Grace University’s continued effort to develop servant leaders and lead by example, faculty regularly serve within the community.
Jim Santoro, Dean of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, was the keynote speaker at the Bellevue Drug Commission’s recent Alcohol and Drug Awareness Breakfast. Santoro, a licensed professional counselor, discussed the importance of educating our children and their parents on the dangers of alcohol and drug use as well as the importance of team work between parents, teachers, law enforcement and counselors. He spoke to more than 75 people of all ages during the annual event where community members are honored for their commitment to preventing substance abuse. Continue reading Faculty Member Keynote Speaker at Alcohol and Drug Awareness Breakfast
By: Dale Kramer, Senior Communication and Psychology major
Grace University held its 2014 Servant Leadership Training (SLT) Fair on Friday, September 5, on campus in the Jim Classen Gymnasium. The fair provided an opportunity for vendors to meet Grace students and set them up with service roles in their respective ministries.
The SLT program is a key distinctive of a Grace University education. As part of each academic program, students volunteer each week to gain ministry and leadership experience. Each year, students give more than 20,000 hours of service to the community. Continue reading 38 Organizations Participate in 2014 SLT Fair
Grace University today announced the establishment of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, the result of a $1 million gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. With this gift, the Grace University Board of Trustees has, to date, committed $1.7 million to the Growing with Grace campaign. For this campaign, Grace University has set a goal of raising $2.9 million by June 30, 2015. Continue reading $1 Million Gift Establishes Grace University School of Professional and Graduate Studies
Each year Grace University, with a student population of fewer than 500 students, gives back more than 25,000 hours of community service to organizations like the Salvation Army, Girl Scouts and the Hope Center for Kids. Continue reading College Experience Leads to Lifetime of Service