One of the many campus improvement projects undertaken this past summer was a renovation of the Grace Flint Memorial Library. The library changes were made to honor the heritage of the library as a place where knowledge has been planted in the hearts and minds of many students training for ministry while looking to the future of ministry where collaboration, innovation, and connectivity will be essential. The remodel included two brand new collaborative learning spaces for students to study and work on projects together (over 315 people used the rooms in October). In an effort to place access to digital resources front and center, the computer lab space was moved to the front entrance area of the library. New carpeting, book displays, and checkout desks were also added to give the library an inviting and fresh new look for students and visitors.
As a tribute to one of the College’s most respected and beloved instructors, Grace Flint, after whom the library is named, the library will be displaying a quote above the entrance that she is known to have written on many of her students’ papers to encourage and inspire them to pursue God’s best in their training: “The Kingdom of God has been waiting for you.” Such a quote not only recognizes the library’s namesake, but also captures the heart NHCC’s philosophy of investing in the lives of students to be sent out for kingdom work. One of the individuals who has caught this vision for sending is alumnus George Flint (class of 1955), the son of Grace. Amazingly, Flint has been sending weekly donations to the College library fund consistently for the past twenty-five years, giving a total of more than $100,000. When asked about his regular donations to the library, Flint said, “Having been a preacher’s kid and watching so many ministers work a second job, it’s always been second nature to me to support our ministers, including their training. It is part of our stewardship obligation. It is a blessing and a wonderful joy to see and partner with all the great things the College is doing.”