Tag: Urban Plunge
God works through some of the strangest things, and it's always amazing to see what He is up to--especially when you can be involved. Recently there has been an outcry on campus for more outreach opportunities and I am personally thrilled that more and more people are anxious to join the work that God is doing and wants to do through the students on our campus. I hope this article introduces you to a new opportunity, as well as informs you on the things that students are doing.
This past weekend was Urban Plunge, a 24-hour mission trip to St. Louis. The students who attended had the privilege of riding down to St. Louis on Friday night and staying in the Hampton Inn by Forest Park. We made the decision to arrive on Friday night because we had to be at the organization extremely early Saturday morning. At the hotel that night, we watched the movie To Save a Life and had a discussion afterwards about the implications of the movie—taking responsibility for one’s actions within the scope of God’s converting grace. If you have not seen the movie, it is a fictional movie about one boy’s journey to Christ after his childhood best friend commits suicide.
Some of you may have noticed some cardboard boxes set up on Scott Field or by the library steps not too long ago and wondered what it was all about. Shak-a-Thon is not something new to Greenville College, nor really in most places for that matter. This is an event many people participate in across the nation to raise awareness of homelessness in America and to get a first hand experience of what it is like. These events are intentionally placed when it is cold out to make the experience more real at some of nature’s harshest times.
Written by Carolyn Fairbanks. Digital Media by Jessica Sturgeon. This weekend Greenville students plunged into St. Louis to serve the homeless. Forty-five students volunteered their weekend to serve at to ministries: Sun Ministries and the Covenant House. Friday night students took a tour at Sun Ministries. We walked around the neighborhood surrounding Hyde Park to see sights Sun Ministries work at as well as learn about some of the historical buildings. “It was so cool to learn more about this area” Kayla Henneberry explained, “it has so much history, but it makes me sad how abandoned it is.” Sun Ministries is an organization that has focuses on helping the neighborhood find and keep jobs to help fight the poverty. They are currently renovating a café to open for the neighborhood as well as an apartment building, but they have buildings in the neighborhood already, being used as workshops and opportunity centers.