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5/1/2002 11:33:39 AM
Patrick Henry College
Patrick Henry Prayer Partners -- May 1, 2002

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From Patrick Henry College...
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May 2002

Dear PHC Prayer Partners,

"You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all
men, being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by
us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not
on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts. And such
confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are
adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming form ourselves,
but our adequacy is from God." (II Corinthians 3:2-5)

Greetings from Patrick Henry College as we are now in the final month
of our spring semester and second academic year! Thank you for your
faithful prayers, which have carried us this far.

The PHC campus is a whirl of activity as students begin to prepare
for finals exams. Our drama club, the Eden Troupe, recently completed
its first production with great success. They performed Shakespeare's
As You Like It on three consecutive evenings in March for over 400
people. Our debate team had its best performance to date at the
national tournament last month.

We praise God for the work He is doing in the faculty, staff, and
student body here at a time when conflict rages throughout the world.
Our concerns seem insignificant in comparison, but we are reminded
that spiritual conflict affects us all regardless of our geography.
Pray for purity of heart and mind as we seek to be servants of
Christ, each other, and the world.

Accreditation
We are awaiting word from the American Academy for Liberal Education
(AALE), which met on Saturday, April 20, to determine our
accreditation status. Please pray for a favorable outcome.

Students
Please pray for the health of the students. They are especially
susceptible now as they stay up studying into the early morning
hours. Pray also that they would get adequate rest, despite the heavy
workload. Pray that they would be able to give all their labors and
the results thereof to the Lord, and rest in His peace. Pray that
they would maintain their vision in the midst of the immediate
pressure of exams. Pray that their relationship with God remains
their highest priority.

Please pray also for the students and families who are seeking God's
direction about whether to attend PHC. Pray for wisdom and
discernment for the Admissions Committee as members review
applications and interview candidates for admission. We currently
have over 100 applications on file, with 55 students having already
made deposits for next year. The average SAT of all accepted students
who have either committed to attend PHC or who are still considering
is just under 1300.

Also, the class of 2002, consisting of 14 graduates, will participate
in PHC's very first graduation ceremony, which will take place on May
25. Pray for good weather as the commencement exercises are planned
as an outdoor event on campus. Pray also for guidance and peace as
our graduates prepare to enter the next stage of their life calling -
be that graduate school, the workplace, or some other endeavor.

Faculty
Pray that all faculty hired will be able to find suitable housing in
the area and that their moves would go smoothly. We continue to
search for a part-time Spanish instructor and a full-time biblical
studies instructor.

Operations
Construction has started on our new dorm, which will house 88
students. The delivery date for this new facility is December 2002.
Please pray that the work will remain on schedule and that our
students will remain positive despite some short-term inconveniences
during the fall semester.

Fund Raising
Our commitment to avoid both debt and any form of government funding
means that we continue to rely heavily on donations as a primary
source of revenue for the College. Since January, we have focused
most of our fund raising efforts on the dorm project, and we praise
God that those efforts are paying off. However, we still need
approximately $550,000 by June 30, 2002 to meet this year's
scholarship budget. Scholarships represent our second largest
financial obligation next to capital improvements. Please pray that
we will continue to raise the funds necessary to keep Patrick Henry
College on track to train those who will lead our nation and shape
our culture.

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that
we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him
be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever
and ever. Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Thank you for your prayers!

Raymond Bouchoc, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
and College Chaplain


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Patrick Henry College
P.O. Box 1776
Purcellville, VA 20134
(540) 338-1776
http://www.phc.edu
info@phc.edu
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