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Faithful Plodding in an Event-Driven World

08. March 2017

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  —Dr. Joel S. Ward with Jenny Gleim

As one of hundreds of thousands of people at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 27, 2017, I was genuinely pleased to be led on the trip by two Geneva College students. Michael Shemer and Laura O’Neil, both freshmen, had independently organized and paid for a bus of students, faculty, and community members to attend.

Michael Shemer transferred to Geneva College after discovering the intentional integration of faith and learning characterized by our curriculum. Upon arriving in January, he spent the duration of his orientation attempting to find out if Geneva had ever sent a bus to the March of Life.

“I’m pro-life, I fight for the things I believe in, and I want[ed] a large turnout at the March for Life,” he explains. Michael’s eagerness to help lead a group of students to the March for Life, fronting the money for the coach bus and planning the event with Laura, demonstrates his love for living out his faith.

In looking back, Shemer reflected on the power of God to make things happen: “With this project, we’ve seen miracle after miracle, barrier after barrier crushed by God.”

Geneva is well acquainted with God’s power over barriers. Just last March, Geneva’s case against certain aspects of the U.S. government’s Affordable Care Act was made before the country’s Supreme Court. Geneva stood against a clause requiring employers to carry plans that supply abortifacients. This clause contrasts with the ...

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