Moody Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremonies
During Spring Share, Denise Hatton called Moody Radio with a pledge, and a Moody Bible Institute student named Kaci answered the phone. That call would dramatically expand Denise’s understanding of Moody—and impact her giving. “I had never made that connection with MBI. My connection was just radio, and I had never talked to one of Moody’s students,” she says.
It had been 30 years since Denise became a born-again Christian, and Moody Radio had been her daily companion. She credits much of her spiritual growth to Moody Radio. “I got so discipled by Moody,” she says. “I lived for Dr. Stowell’s messages on Sunday. I listened to Focus on the Family, Tony Evans, Chuck Swindoll, and Steve Brown. And the music carried me through a lot too.”
To celebrate her spiritual birthday, she visited Moody Radio’s studios in Boynton Beach, Florida, the station that had helped her grow spiritually. She was able to be a guest on the WRMB morning show broadcast and meet the people behind the microphones. “It was such a special time because I had heard these voices for years,” she says.
Already a regular giver to Share, Denise learned more about Moody as she talked and prayed with Doug Crisafulli, her Moody Stewardship representative. It was during those conversations that she learned about Moody Bible Institute and how students are responsible for paying their room and board but donors provide the cost of tuition.
During Spring Share, Denise was thrilled to talk on the phone with Kaci. As they talked about life at Moody Bible Institute, Kaci told Denise about an upcoming summer internship in Washington State and her future plans for international children’s ministry. “Kaci’s heart was so mission-minded toward the least of these,” Denise recalls. “When you say, ‘I want to give myself on the mission field in another country,’ it just did something for me.”
Before they said goodbye, Kaci asked, “Is there anything I can pray for you about?”
“Oh, goodness,” recalls Denise, who then asked for prayer about some family problems. “And the next thing you know, I’m crying my eyes out as this young college girl is praying for me and my family.”
A couple of days later, she told Doug Crisafulli about her wonderful phone call. Doug contacted Kaci and connected them. When Denise visited Chicago to tour Moody’s campus, she was able to meet with Kaci, who had just returned from her internship. “Missionaries, pastors, youth leaders, music worship leaders—they don’t often make a lot of money,” Denise says, “so I think it’s fantastic the vision Moody has to put people in the field without a lot of debt.”
Denise’s gratitude to the Lord for all He has done in her own life has led her to explore more ways she can support the Christian ministries she loves. One meaningful way was to update her estate plan through a Revocable Living Trust, naming Moody as a beneficiary. “I have named Moody to be remembered when I pass,” she says. “I feel very strongly about what Moody does, not just the radio ministry but also training leaders and aviation pilots and allowing people to go to college,” she explains.“God has provided for me quite well, and I don’t want the money for myself,” she says. “I want to be able to give to the kingdom, both now and in the future. What I love about Moody is that what they do, they do with excellence,” she says. “I believe that’s how God does things, and so I want to be a part of that excellence.”
In this season of giving, we’d like to encourage you with a classic book from A. W. Tozer. For a gift of any size to support Moody Bible Institute, we’d love to send you his compelling book, The Attributes of God. Based on one of his most powerful sermon series, Tozer’s book includes deep insights into the heart of God, along with a study guide for deeper reflection on God’s character.
The book is our way of saying thank you for your end-of-year gift, which will help support Moody students as they prepare to reach our world for Jesus.