You may remember a few weeks ago we posted about the American seminary’s ‘Strike the Match’ campaign. For one week (9th-13th October), any donations given to the seminary by members of the church would be matched 50 cents on the dollar (or for our UK readers, that means, they would get an extra 50p for every £1 donated during that week. This is something similar to our ‘Gift Aid’ programme). We asked them for an update about how their campaign went.

“The Lord generously provided for the needs of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary during the Strike the Match campaign week. Over $304,000 was raised to support the work of the Seminary. Funds will be used both to cover operating expenses and also to provide scholarships to students (including those from other countries).

Students themselves were challenged by staff to donate money towards Strike the Match, and they rose to the challenge, raising over $7,000!  Enough so that President O’Neill, Dr. York, Dr. Gamble, and Mark Sampson all wore kilts as per the terms of their challange!

This year’s matching event had an extra focus as funds could be designated for the ‘Save the Gables’ campaign. These funds will be utilized to restore several crucial areas of the Seminary building including the original slate roof and the gable ends, which are in particularly bad shape. Lord willing, in addition to these projects, the Seminary’s basement and kitchen can be re-modeled to better suit the needs of the current students. For more information on the Gables, click here: http://www.rpts.edu/gables.html

The Seminary community is grateful for prayers and gifts of God’s people from around the world. If you are ever in Pittsburgh, we would love to have you stop by for a visit!”