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Happy New Year to the Oakwood Family
As we begin 2019, we extend our heartfelt salutations to all of our administrators, faculty, staff, and especially our Oakwood students, who are beginning second semester today.
On behalf of the entire Oakwood University family, we wish you God’s blessings of health, joy, and a renewed focus on preparation for service and His soon coming.
The beginning of a new year is an opportunity for a new start. Each year, I personally revisit one of our founders’ morning watch devotionals. In 2019 I am reading the devotional called Maranatha—“The Lord is Coming.” I was very moved by the following quote from the January 7 reading, called the Key to History:
“The second coming of the Son of man is to be the wonderful theme kept before the people. Here is a subject that should not be left out of our discourses. Eternal realities must be kept before the mind’s eye, and the attractions of the world will appear as they are, altogether profitless as vanity. What are we to do with the world’s vanities, its praises, its riches, its honors, or its enjoyments? We are pilgrims and strangers who are waiting, hoping, and praying for that blessed hope, the glorious appearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
Join Us in 10 Days of Prayer
Join the members of the Oakwood Community in the 10 Days of Prayer sponsored by the Worldwide Church of Seventh-day Adventists. Every day at 12:00 noon, beginning today and continuing every day (except Sabbath) until January 18, the Oakwood family is meeting for 30 minutes of prayer in the Carter Hall Chapel.
W e do not know what this year has in store for us, but we are confident that as we reach out in faith to God, that He will supply all of our needs above and beyond our expectations. We anticipate the move of God in our lives, on our campus, and throughout the world and church.
Register at the following link : https://www.tendaysofprayer.org
Thank You to our Registration Workers this Week
During registration for Spring semester this week, I was absolutely inspired during my visits with employees in Cunningham Hall. Not only were they extraordinarily busy, they were also extraordinarily pleasant as they helped serve students and their families. In this picture, Lynda Bartholomew, director of Financial Aid, explains to new students about registration procedures and scholarship opportunities.
While in Cunningham Hall, I met a family from Milwaukee, one of whom reminded me that I baptized her when she was a teenager. This week, she enrolled her niece at Oakwood University, and had only great things to say about our employees working at registration.
To each of the departments who do so much for so many, we say thank you once again
Adventist Accreditation Visit—January 14-15, 2019

The General Conference’s Adventist Accreditation Association (AAA) Teamwill be on campus next week to conduct a site visit. We invite your prayers for the process. The Provost’s Office will oversee the visit.
Visit to West Jamaica Conference Campmeeting
On December 26, 2018, Prudence and I flew to Montego Bay, Jamaica, where I had been invited to speak at the campmeeting and to deliver presentations on end-time visionary leadership. The spirit of the meetings was powerful. Another Oakwood graduate, Pastor/Elder Paula Olivier, served as the evening speaker and received a positive and powerful reception.
WJOU Celebrates 40 Years of Ministry
On Monday, January 7, WJOU hosted an Open House in celebration of its 40th birthday. Audree Johnson, general manager, and Dammeon Malone, assistant general manager, planned a full day of looking back at all God has done over the last 40 years. Radio interviews were conducted with former General Managers Victoria Joiner and David Person, and radio Chaplain Elder T. Marshall Kelly, throughout the day.
For 40 years, WJOU has amplified the missional voice of our University. On behalf of the entire campus and listeners around the world, we say “Happy Birthday, WJOU!” Thank you for a job well done.

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The mission of Oakwood University, a historically black, Seventh-day Adventist institution, is to transform students through biblically-based education for service to God and humanity.