Special work day features service on and off campus

Special work day features service on and off campus

New York Group
Cleaning and work around campus mixed with a day of unique urban ministry experiences during this year's Campus Appreciation Day.

In addition to the annual spring clean-up that takes place ahead of commencement, more than 200 students traveled off campus to serve in urban ministry in New York City, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. The trips were originally scheduled to take place during February's Missions Conference, VeraCITY, but were postponed due to local snowstorms.

See pictures of Campus Appreciation Day here.

Urban ministries off campus
Students worked with Baptist Bible Seminary's Project Jerusalem in New York City. Students served with different churches and pastors through community work in the city.

"The pastors and churches we served were very appreciative of the service and seemed encouraged the students would take time to come down and invest in their ministries," said Project Jerusalem Director Ken Davis.

In Wilkes-Barre, the Wyoming Valley Rescue Mission received the largest attendance at any night's service on Friday night as a result of students giving meal invitations.

Travis Moses, a freshman from Schroon Lake, NY, went to Wilkes-Barre for the day for evangelism and service.

"It was really awesome to see so many people get excited to go out and share the love of Jesus with people," he said. "From walking through downtown Wilkes-Barre to a soup kitchen, it was incredible to see the Spirit working, seeing real, everyday people with real hurts and real needs. I thank God for the opportunity to share Jesus with a local guy named Richard. It was great to be able to share with him the incredible redemption story and about grace and how much God truly loves him."

The Scranton Rescue Mission and residents of Mulberry Tower were very encouraged by the service of the students. They are looking forward to further ministry with BBC students.

Spring cleaning on campus
On campus, about 175 students, faculty, and staff participated in grounds keeping by mulching flower beds, raking, and clearing debris from lawns, roadways and sidewalks.

The annual service day gives students a day off of classes to help prepare the campus for commencement on Friday, May 7.

An estimated 525 man-hours of work was completed around campus this year.

"Campus Appreciation Day is one of my favorite days of the year," said Andy Harkleroad, Director of Facilities Administration and coordinator of the projects on Campus Appreciation Day. "On that day, the campus pops back to life. It has been dead and dingy all winter, and then in one swoop the students make our campus look great. There is no way we could have this place ready for graduation without their help. I am so appreciative of our students."

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students learn to serve and lead as they gain critical leadership and life skills. To learn more, go to or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 4/27/2010 2:57:51 PM

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