A little rain didn't stop a large crowd of supporters from gathering at Regent University Saturday, for the school's "Nehemiah Walk."
The event was about more than an afternoon stroll. Each sponsored participant walked to raise money for the new Regent University Chapel and School of Divinity building.
In the Old Testament, Nehemiah set out to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem with the blessing of the king. University leaders say they are also building with the blessing of their king, Jesus Christ.
"I think it's a fantastic addition to the university. It's at the core of who we are: spiritual vitality, faithfulness to Christ and His word," said Gerson Moreno-Riano, dean of Regent University's School of Undergraduate Studies.
Seven prayer stations were situated along the fundraising walk, allowing participants to stop and honor God along the route.
"We ask, oh God, that you would give fruit for all the work that happens on this campus on the university," Christian Broadcasting Network President Michael Little prayed. "Operation Blessing, Orphan's Promise, and the worldwide work of the Christian Broadcasting Network."
And the rain didn't dampen enthusiasm for what will soon be the new hub for worship, prayer, and bible study for students and the rest of the campus.
"A lot of universities are turning their chapels into museums or using them for something else, and we're really excited we're building one. This is who we are," Nehemiah Walk participant Tracy Sewart said.
The event ended inside with a word of prayer from Regent's founder and chancellor Pat Robertson.
"Do miracles, for you are the great I Am," Robertson said. "You are the Author of it all, you are the Creator, you are before it all, you are the Alpha and Omega. We give you praise Lord! Thank you!"
At least $56,000 was raised as a result of the Nehemiah Walk. To see the progress of the Chapel and Divinity School construction, or to make a donation, visit here.