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Faithfulness of God – Art & Marji Krahn

Marji and I met here at Prairie and graduated in the class of 1969.

We both have wonderful memories of our Bible College years–from Bible courses, to daily student work, gym classes to conferences, memorizing verses for Personal Evangelism to Friday evening Young People’s meetings–daily chapels and prayer meetings–and making time for humour and practical jokes.

I began my connection with the Power Plant through student work in my senior year, and was invited to join staff.

The Power Plant was the CB [citizen’s band radio] base station for Nightwatch, and we chuckled about some of the student stunts we heard about on the radio transmissions. Switchboard would close at 9pm and we would fill in until 8am. Overseas calls were interesting and we also assisted  with connections to dorm phones for family communications. Shift work meant hourly readings and monitoring the co-generation equipment, and boilers. Correspondence Courses lead to examinations and getting certified for operating in our Second Class Plant. Campus line kept us connected to chapels and even some classes. Wonderful years!

Electrical needs and economics brought changes and gradually the steam generating was phased out and the plant shifted to electrical peak shaving, stand by emergency generating, and steam boilers for heating campus through those famous tunnels.

We were privileged to raise our boys on campus and they attended the K-12 schooling that Prairie provided for staff kids.

We took leave from staff in mid 90’s and Marji took training and flourished in chaplaincy in hospices as she ministered to patients and families. I continued in the mechanical field, being employed by a mechanical contractor.

2009 was a remarkable year. Our Stevie was 37 and in failing health from Down’s syndrome and numerous health complications, and our loving Heavenly Father on Easter Sunday morning at sunrise–called him home!

The dormitory building will require a boiler installation before we can be disconnected from the central heating system. We are planning, praying and asking the Lord for His provision to see this need met and the stabilizing of our campus heating accomplished.

Would you stand with us as we keep Prairie going for shaping the lives of our young  people with Bible based instruction for their future and His glory?

It is indeed a privilege to finish my working years in the footsteps of godly men that poured their lives into our  campus–and our responsibility to continue their devotion, with thanks for what the Lord did for us when we were students!

The need to decentralize the heating system was too massive to tackle in the immediate. A compromise was worked out and a boiler room was setup in the greenhouse for the main front campus buildings still on steam.

Heating was restored but we were still using the tunnels, and in my subterranean maintenance journeys, I pondered over the crumbling condition of the tunnels and vowed to the Lord that I would do all I could to prevent a collapsed tunnel from causing the shut down of the central  heating and the subsequent freeze up of a building.

There are 3 main buildings still using steam heating. Dining Hall, Library Classroom Bldg., and the Dormitory Bldg. In the summer of 2019 we installed a boiler in the Dining Room basement and connected  the piping through conduit so that the Library Classroom bldg. is also heated from this boiler room. This has stabilized the heating for these 2 buildings.

The dormitory building will require a boiler installation before we can be disconnected from the central heating system. We are planning, praying and asking the Lord for His provision to see this need met and the stabilizing of our campus heating accomplished.

Would you stand with us as we keep Prairie going for shaping the lives of our young  people with Bible based instruction for their future and His glory?

It is indeed a privilege to finish my working years in the footsteps of godly men that poured their lives into our  campus–and our responsibility to continue their devotion, with thanks for what the Lord did for us when we were students!

Art and Marji Krahn, grads of 1969

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