Opening of School and Revival
The Beginning of a School year is always an exciting time. We always look forward the students returning to campus. It does not take long for the new students and returning students to get to know each other and start forming relationships.
It is more than just the beginning of another year. It is the potential that faculty and can see in each of the students. We know we are equipping men and women for in the Kingdom of God. It is encouraging to look at men and women as prospective leaders in the great harvest of these last days. We are thankful to God for the students He is sending to a college that has trained and sent out laborers here and around the world for over a century.
We praise the Lord for His blessings in the opening revival with the Rev. Mrs. Beth Stephens-Johnson. It was probably our best revival. The altars were filled each night with the students. It was so refreshing and enjoyable to watch them as they worshiped the Lord in the chapel services and the evening services.
We look forward to a great year of God's blessings upon the college.
Ellenberg Student Center
The outside of the Ellenberg Student center is completed. It is a very spacious and beautiful facility. Thank the Lord and Ms. Grace Ellenberg that this part of the project is paid for.
We do need funds to continue to work on the inside. The cost of framing and dry wall is $99,000 dollars and we will still need the electrical and plumbing as well as furnishing the kitchen. We are praying for funds to move forward with the inside framing and to continue to complete the building. The facility will add so much to our campus. We have never really had a cafeteria and kitchen, and we are looking forward to the completion of the student center.
Join us in prayer for funds to continue the construction of the interior of the facility.
FREEMAN-DUNCAN RESIDENCE HALL
The Pressing Need for a Women's Dorm
We were not able to accept all of the applications for women on campus this semester. It is heartbreaking to say to a student we do not have any more space in the dorm. We already have applications for the Spring Semester and it looks like we will not have available space. We have preliminary plans drawn for a building with two suites which would accommodate the women students and give us plenty of room for the men. We
can build this facility for around $250,000 dollars.
The Freeman-Duncan families and friends have already contributed $55,000 dollars toward this project. The family has also agreed to match the next $25,000 dollars which is contributed to this project. It would be great to have the residence named for these two great missionary couples. Brother Freeman and his wife met at Holmes, and all of his children attended Holmes. Montgomery and Florine met at Holmes. These two
couples became outstanding missionary statesmen in Africa.
In light of the continuing need for the completion of the student center, we cannot start on the Freeman-Duncan Hall until the funds are available.
[Editor's Comment: I am an alumnus of Holmes Bible College. I was a resident student from 1957 to 1960. I attended the college one full year before transferring to Furman University where I graduated in May 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a double minor in English literature and Speech. I was blessed to have the favor of Dr. Paul F. Beacham who granted me the privilege to live in the dormitory and eat in the dining hall. He asked me to teach Public Speaking in the college and English literature in the high school, and to assist him in ministry at Holmes Memorial Church. I directed the church orchestra, led singing when Willy Thomas was not present, and taught a Sunday school class of junior high boys. One of those boys was Frank Mann, who went on to get his doctor's degree and taught science at Emmanuel until he retired. He is a stanch supporter of Hugh's News.
James Leggett was in high school when I came to Holmes Bible College. He was a very serious minded student and loved the study of the Bible. He went on to get further education after graduating from Holmes Bible College, and pastored for many years before being elected as Superintendent of the North Carolina Conference and later a general official where he was the Executive Director of Evangelism USA, and later the presiding bishop of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church as our General Superintendent.
I will be forever grateful for the Bible teaching of Dr. Paul F. Beacham and the Rev. Mr. Jesse Daniels. Dr. Beacham taught the New Testament and Jesse Daniels taught the Old Testament.
During my first year at Holmes Bible College I sang bass with a men's quartet. There was Roland Harold, Eddie Wood, Willard Wagner and Hugh Morgan. Daneel le Roux invited our quartet to preach a weekend revival in the Appomattox Pentecostal Holiness Church. It was there that Melvine Stewart from Draper, NC, came with Betty Von Moore and her parents, Melvin and Callie Moore. I fell in love with Melvine at first sight while playing a solo on my golden trombone. We courted for for a couple of years and were married at the Draper Pentecostal Holiness Church on August 13, 1960. Melvine is a graduate of Holmes Bible College as well as High Point University.
I am a product of Holmes Bible College and I love this college. It is worthy of our financial support. May I encourage you to give to these two building projects as the Holy Spirit directs you.
You may send your contributions to this mailing address:
Dr. James D. Leggett
4901 Old Buncombe Road
Greenville, SC 29617
Phone: (864) 246-3566
Make out your checks to Holmes Bible College.