While our administrative offices are still open through the summer, there is noticeably less activity with classes out and many of our students gone. This summer is an exception.
On any given day, you can be in different areas of our campus and see multiple renovation projects going on and hear the sounds of heavy equipment running, demolition work, hammering nails, and people discussing details of the projects they are working on. Even though it is a lot louder on our campus this summer, these sounds of summer are very encouraging to us as we watch how the Lord has provided a way to get a lot of projects started that we have been praying about for many years.
The centerpiece of our campus renovation projects is the reception area in our administrative building. This area is being totally renovated with new furnishings and will make it a more inviting place as our guests enter the building. The reception area will also include a renovated model of the city of Jerusalem that will allow guests to take a narrated tour of the city of Jerusalem and its surrounding areas when they visit our campus.
We are thankful for the new roof and other repairs that the Lord has provided for on our Family Life and Conference Center. Crews are busy getting that building ready. We have started renovations on Mahon Apartments, one of our faculty/staff housing areas. This building will house four newly renovated faculty/staff apartments when this project is completed.
We are excited about two pastor retreat houses that we are currently working on, which will provide pastors and their families a place to take a break from their ministry setting and spend some time on our campus free of charge. Paving equipment is a welcomed sight on our campus as crews complete paving projects on campus roadways that have been in need of new surfaces for many years.
We could not do all of this without the volunteer labor that comes to our campus each summer to help with our projects. This summer we will have groups from Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi on our campus. We praise the Lord for these wonderful folks who have been a part of creating some wonderful sounds of summer for us.