Reunion Reconnects Alumni with 'Strong Foundation'

Alumni found time to enjoy games on Reasoner Green in the midst of a full slate of activities.
Alumni found time to enjoy games on Reasoner Green in the midst of a full slate of activities.

WILMORE, Ky. — Half an hour after Asbury University’s Reunion 2013 had officially concluded, dozens of clusters of chatting alumni remained in the historic Hughes Auditorium, unwilling to say goodbye to the annual weekend of fellowship.

Alumni from around the world returned to the Asbury campus the past few days to share stories of the paths they’ve traveled since graduating. Some have stayed relatively close — Caresse Freed ’03 Wesley is a family practice doctor at a clinic in Lexington, Ky., where she lives with her husband and two young children. Even with the busy-ness of a career and family, she felt it was important to return for Reunion.

“Reunion is super special to me,” she said. “It’s like coming back home every time we visit. Asbury challenged my walk with Christ and helped solidify who I was and my worldview so I could have a strong foundation in the world.”

Rev. Keith Koteskey '88 spoke during the Sunday morning Chapel service.
Rev. Keith Koteskey '88 spoke during the Sunday morning Chapel service.

Others have found paths that lead to the other side of the world. Paul ’98 and Rebecca Wiley ’97 Cablish work with an international school in Taiwan and decided to attend Reunion while they were in the United States for the summer. Paul, a psychology major, works closely with the middle-school students in their school to deepen their spiritual development.

“If someone had told me in high school I would be doing missionary work in Asia I would have thought they were crazy,” he said. “I came to study psychology to use in a clinical or criminal psychology setting. But while I was here, hearing about missions and how people are impacting the world, God got a hold of my heart and changed that.”

“We are encouraged,” Rebecca added. “Stories are what make relationships. We may not see these people every five years, but being here takes you right back to your late teens and early 20s.”

Highlights of the weekend included a presentation by Christian illusionist Harris III on Friday evening, a celebration of achievement by Asburians receiving the A Award on Saturday evening and a special program of music by a Reunion choir of alumni of all ages Sunday morning. View the slideshow below for just a glimpse of the weekend. Plans are already under way for Homecoming 2013 on Oct. 25-27; visit Asbury’s alumni pages for information in early fall.

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