Lighting the Way: BethBC Solar Panel Project
On this International Mother Earth Day, we wanted to highlight a special development here at Bethlehem Bible College! As our world continues to be overly reliant on electricity and fossil fuels, we are beginning our own initiative to help curb the use of traditional power resources, and instead shift our consumption toward something reusable and environmentally friendly.
In 2017, a solar panel project proposal was presented in order to make BethBC a more environmentally friendly campus as well as to free up funds to be better spent on our students and facilities rather than non-renewable energy sources. With great excitement, it was approved and we are moving forward with the installment. As our student body, staff and faculty continue to grow, this initiative could help substantially in cutting the energy budget currently allotted for the College. With the installation of solar panels, our campus will also be achieving a new level of sustainability.
With the amount of funds spent on electricity, the implementation of the solar panels on campus would reduce spending in this way, thereby allowing the funds saved to be appropriated elsewhere for our students and ministry. Further, this development is also a step in the right direction toward caring for and looking after the earth. Non-renewable energy is the main source of power in our society today, and these small steps toward sustainability and stewardship over creation move us in the right direction.
Caring for all of God’s creation, both humanity and the earth fall under our mandate as citizens of the Kingdom of God. We are eager to implement more projects and lifestyles here at BethBC that fall in line with these calls of restoration and reconciliation of God with ourselves, others and His creation. As BethBC continues to train up leaders of the next generation, we can do so in a more life-giving, sustainable manner that also positively contributes to the care of our environment.
The project is well underway in raising the needed funds, but we aren’t there just yet! We are still in need of donations to propel us to our goal of $29, 950. Would you consider being an integral part of this important project? Join us in leading the way toward lighting the way for our students and community in this endeavor!
Kamila is volunteering full-time with Bethlehem Bible College in the Communications Department. In addition to her love for writing and sharing stories, her endeavors in Bethlehem and greater Palestine involve facilitating cultural immersion programs for young adults from North America to see first-hand the realities that those living here encounter. At times deemed the “eternal optimist,” Kamila holds fast to the future hope of restoration and reconciliation of all things back to God. When she’s not writing, or organizing trips, you’ll catch her training and competing with the Ultimate Palestine frisbee team.