This past Saturday I sat in a room with 3,000 of Moody’s faithful supporters, employees and students. It was hard to believe that this was finally it. Two years of planning and almost one full year of executing the various elements of the 125th Anniversary year were now coming to a close.
The minute I walked into the Sheraton Hotel and Towers the talented Moody staff and students were greeting people and ushering them to the appropriate locations. They all carried themselves with professionalism and a sincere joy. I was overwhelmed with gratitude that these are the people I serve alongside.
As I walked the promenade outside the massive banquet hall I looked on in awe at the incredible displays representing all of Moody’s ministries. I know the people behind these incredible displays, I am familiar with the hard work that went into making them just right. I walked through the displays so proud of the people I share office space with. What an honor to work with such creative and talented individuals.
And as we concluded our meal and the program began I could hear positive murmurings about the anniversary logo and tag line. It was a privilege to explain the effort behind creating the tagline Bold Legacy. Dynamic Future. It was a privilege because just like this event required a massive Team Moody effort, we began the planning process that way, engaging employees from across the organization to brainstorm with us.
Much like this blog has had contributors from all over Moody, every element of our anniversary celebration relied heavily on the time and talent of our dedicated staff. But none of us would be here without the consistent and thoughtful support of our friends.
We concluded our celebration with the anniversary luncheon and are thankful for all the ways you celebrated this year with us. Whether that was through our 125 Hours of Prayer or attending the luncheon, we are so delighted you joined us.
We thought we would share some of your favorite posts and pictures from the year:
A Look into DL Moody's Prayer Life, by Dr. Gregg Quiggle
Emma Dryer and Her Unrelenting Prayer, by Caleb Beatty
The Legacy of DL Moody in a Movement, by Dr. Gregg Quiggle
A Varied History—from Hotel Moody to the NBA, by Jim Vincent
Great is Thy Faithfulness, by Krystallin Baker
A Testimony to Moody's Prayer Legacy, by Lindsey Zarob
Setting Aside Time for Prayer, by Tim Arens
Here’s to the next 125 years of God’s divine direction for Moody Bible Institute!
|President Paul Nyquist at the 125th Kick-off Chapel.|
|Students in Torrey-Gray Auditorium for the Kick-off Chapel.|
|Anniversary cake for students, staff and faculty after chapel.|
|David and Lucia Powell. David is DL Moody's great-grandson.|