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Winter 2006 Rapport: Development Outlook

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Annual Alumni Phonathon

(Left) Jami Pool (left), Erin Schaffer (second from left) and Mike Burnette (right) won scholarships and Bible software.

Through our Alumni Annual Fund we have seen numerous doors open that will impact generations to come. The results of the 3rd Annual Alumni Phonathon, September 12 and 13, exceeded last year’s phonathon in many ways.

The number of commitments in the last two years increased by an average of 11%, with an increase of over 15% this year alone.
The amount committed by alumni increased by more than 19% over last year. The average increase in funds committed by alumni in the last two years is 25.5%!

(Above) Students call alumni during the phonathon.


“I find it rewarding to be able to give back and invest in the lives of emerging Pentecostal leaders.”

Why I Support the Alumni Annual Fund...
By Jim Tygrett (M.A. in Biblical Studies 1978)

I believe AGTS is a very important pillar of the Assemblies of God. As an alumnus, I am proud to have received my master’s degree from an educational institution that prepares leaders to become mighty instruments for God.

I appreciate the financial assistance I received, as a student with a family. It helped me complete my degree as planned with the least amount of debt. With the rising cost of education we need to do all we can to minimize the debt load students face upon graduation. I consider it a privilege to support the Alumni Annual Fund each year—with my contribution, I can help make a difference in students’ lives who are in the same position I was once in. I find it rewarding to be able to give back and invest in the lives of emerging Pentecostal leaders.

I wholeheartedly support AGTS and see it as a great resource to our fellowship.

Calling All Alumni!
By Mike Burnette (M.Div. Student)

When first approached about the phonathon, I must admit, it sounded like the least appealing way to spend my evening. I worked in telemarketing for over three years, and didn’t feel the Lord calling me back there.

After catching the vision for the phonathon and realizing that this could be a really fun experience and I jumped on board. It was a great opportunity not only to raise scholarship funds but to connect with alumni that have been where I am and chat about their experiences as students.
In two nights, we spent 10 hours on the phones, ate good food and a lot of cookies, and raised thousands of dollars.

Going through seminary is tough work. There are great rewards, but don’t be mistaken, it’s also expensive. I am grateful to those alumni that made contributions. Their gifts help students like myself. It was very rewarding to be able to make a difference for current and future students.
So...where do I sign up for next year?

Updated: Friday, December 2, 2005 2:39 PM

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