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CBC PROFILE: Ransomware Update

I recently shared a detailed account of the cyber incident that crippled CBC for five weeks early this year. You can read the complete story in our newsletter at Executive Editor of the Baptist Trumpet Jeff Herring was kind enough to reprint the story in the Oct. 12 issue of the Baptist Trumpet.

The ransomware attack occurred in the prime student recruiting period for 2022-2023 students. Without access to our systems, recruiters could not effectively do their jobs. That was even more pronounced in the PACE/Online program where most of the application process is completed virtually.

We were extremely blessed to get everything back up and running and at the same time, upgrade and strengthen our systems. However, we suffered a sharp decline in fall enrollment that will likely continue through the spring 2023 semester. At the time the article was released, we calculated theloss of tuition income, resulting from not being able to recruit new students for an extended period, to be near $500,000. Now that fall enrollment figures have been finalized, and considering projections for spring, that number could easily reach the $1 million mark.

In church visits, state and local associational meetings, local civic clubs and every other place I’ve been afforded the opportunity, I have shared this burden and unashamedly challenged churches, businesses, alumni and anyone who has been touched by the ministry of CBC to step up and give generously and sacrificially to help get us through this very difficult time. I’ve often characterized it as a critical and emergent financial need brought on by evil players whose single goal was to extort money and bring harm to Central Baptist College.

One million dollars, on top of our already aggressive budgeted revenue from tuition, fees and fundraising is a daunting task. Some would say, “it’s impossible,” but I reflect daily on the words of Jesus recorded in Luke 18:27: “What is impossible with man, is possible with God.”

In our annual pre-college meeting, I challenged all employees of CBC (administration, faculty and staff) to set aside time for fasting and prayer for this urgent financial need. I don’t know who accepted the challenge; it is not for me to know. I do know that God is providing, and we are nearly halfway to our overall goal.

Will you let God use you to help us during this very difficult time? I’m pleased to report that churches that have never given to CBC are responding. Some very faithful, long-time supporting churches have taken special offerings, and others have told me they plan to do something very soon. I’ve received hand-written notes, e-mails and letters from individuals telling me that after reading the account of the ransomware attack, they felt compelled to give. I’m praying many more will accept the challenge. Will you walk with us through this challenging time?

Please send your tax-deductible contribution to Central Baptist College, 1501 College Avenue, Conway, Ark. 72034 or give online at Mark your check or online donation “cyber.” You may want to give appreciated securities and bypass paying capital gains or you can donate your IRA’s required minimum (RMD). We have several donors who do so. Consider setting up a recurring credit card donation or we can also draft your bank account if you prefer.

Corporate matching programs are available and often overlooked. Thousands of companies match donations their employees make to private colleges like Central Baptist College. Check to see if your employer will match your donation to CBC at

For more ways to give, or to discuss your contribution, contact us by e-mail or phone. Individuals, businesses and alumni, can contact Director of Development Amy Reed at or (501) 205-8934. Churches and church groups, can contact Director of Church Relations Duffy Guyton at or (501) 205-8920. I am always available to discuss ways you can help, so feel free to contact me personally at or (501) 205-8818.

I’ve had several people assure me, “God’s got this.” While I know and understand the intent of that statement, I also know from experience that God provides through His children. Even God’s most faithful will usually not give if they are not asked and challenged to do so. I also believe those who are charitable in heart want to know the needs and are always looking for an opportunity to give. Finally, I’m convinced that, because the Bible tells us so, “God loves a cheerful giver” (II Cor. 9:7).