Senior Class Gift Provides Prayer Garden at Asbury – Asbury University
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June 29, 2016

Prayer garden with a stone path, bushes, and trees
A new prayer garden outside Asbury University’s Kinlaw Library provides space for reflection

WILMORE, Ky. — This fall, a prayer garden outside Asbury University’s Kinlaw Library will greet new and returning students, providing an outdoor space for reflection and devotion.

A joint senior class gift from the Unshakable Class of 2015 and the Ransomed Class of 2016, with the support of Asbury Student Congress, the prayer garden is an expression of the centrality of spiritual life at Asbury.

“One of Asbury’s most important traits is spiritual vitality, and one way campus fulfills that is by offering students a variety of places to be with God,” said Ransomed Class President Paula Diaz ’16 Willison. “The prayer garden gives students an additional spot to participate in that spiritual life. The location right outside Kinlaw Library is ideal, especially for students having a hard time with tests or finals who will be able to step outside and pray.”

A long-standing Asbury tradition, the senior class gift is one way new alumni give back to current students. For the Unshakable and Ransomed classes, the prayer garden was an exciting opportunity to see their gift quickly implemented and used.

“We were really proud to be able to put together such an immediate gift,” Willison said. “During our senior year, the Ransomed Class really became united, and working together on the gift really helped to make us a family.”

In addition to being a functional space for devotion, Willison says the prayer garden is one of the legacies her class leaves at Asbury.

“Asbury did so much for us during our four years there that we want to just give back,” Willison said. “The impact of the senior class gift is that it gives us a chance to do that even as young alums. For four years at Asbury, our phrase in the Ransomed Class was ‘Golden Age.’ I feel that through this gift, the Ransomed Class will not only be remembered, but it will also provide a space for prayer treasured by our class and future classes, as well.”