Austin Peay BCM
The BCM is sponsoring Int’l Justice Missions “Stand For Freedom” Day from noon on Wednesday until noon on Thursday April 9-10 in the University Center Plaza. It’s a 24 hours of standing to go along with this year’s theme of “One Day for Their Everyday” in reference to the 27 million slaves around the world today. We are connecting with many organizations on campus to not only stand for portions or the full 24 hours raise money and awareness. Pray for:
– Good weather for those standing for hours at a time.
– For awareness to be raised about this issue and God’s love to be shown.
– For the BCM in connecting with other organizations and Fraternities and Sororities on campus that God would open doors to communicate the gospel and true freedom in Christ to students who do not know him
Spring Break Mission Trip to Chicago
We had the chance to work with a wide variety of ministries during our week in Chicago– here’s a summary from each of the places we went: Uptown Baptist Church: Uptown has an amazing homeless ministry, so we worked with them in passing out hot chocolate, leading worship, serving food, and eating alongside those who came to the church for a meal. We also helped prep and paint rooms for their new use as a classroom, our guys joined the men’s fellowship night, and we helped move a very heavy pool table! Salvation Army: A few of us had the chance to learn about the Salvation Army’s ministry which houses numerous homeless families and partners with them to help them achieve financial stability and job security. We helped make St. Patrick’s Day decorations for their upcoming celebration and clean their children’s playroom. Pui Tak Christian School: Located in Chinatown, we took the “L” to Pui Tak where we helped teachers with their daily activities, cleaned and reorganized their library, archived numerous articles, photographs, and letters about the school’s history, and also had a lot of fun helping the children in the after-school care program with their homework and playing with them in the gym. Pacific Garden Mission: Pacific Garden Mission is one of the oldest rescue missions in the country, and they do amazing work for the homeless population of Chicago. We toured the building and heard powerful testimonies from some of the men there. We made a ton of beds, helped serve meals, and clean the dorm areas while we were there.
Continue to pray for the results of ENGAGE 24. Pray as the students follow up on the conversations that were started. Pray for the students who accepted Christ as their Saviour and that they would get involved in a discipleship group to grow in their faith. Pray that the BCM students would be encouraging and would continue to grow in their faith as well.
BCM at Vanderbilt Place
Fall Break Mission Trip to St Louis, MO
This year, the BCM at Vanderbilt Place travelled to St. Louis, Missouri for our Fall SPOTS trip from October 9th-13th. We were blessed with the opportunity to work with and encourage a variety of organizations who do amazing things in the St. Louis area. At The Bridge Ministry, we helped clean their building and also had the chance to sit down and fellowship with the homeless people they help. At Lydia’s house, a shelter for abused women and their children, we helped clean renovated apartments and heard the beautiful testimony of a woman who works there. For two afternoons, the entire group went to Riverview Youth Center and helped with neighborhood cleanup and also played with the kids who go there for afterschool care. We also had opportunities to work with the Rock Church, St. Patrick Center, North Grand Neighborhood Services, and Stella Maris Child Center.
We fit a lot of service into four days, and we also had amazing opportunities to explore St. Louis—we adventured through The City Museum, visited the arch, had frozen custard at Ted Drewe’s, and ate a delicious home-cooked meal at the home of one of our BCM students who’s from St. Louis. We were also incredibly blessed to stay and use the facilities at Maplewood Baptist Church for our time in St. Louis.
We really had the chance to see how short term missions can be done effectively on this trip, and we had the chance to encourage those who do long term work in the city. Our group also grew as a community and family over the course of the four days as we worked alongside one another to spread God’s love through our service projects.
Ministering to children in St Louis
Getting ready to work in St Louis!