An afternoon of service capped off our Spirit Week last Friday. All our high school students were able to participate—some in one of two off-campus projects and others in multiple on-campus tasks. It was therapeutic to leave behind the classrooms and the lessons to serve others.
One group of 60 drove to Camp Spearhead and worked hard clearing and splitting logs. It had rained that morning, but the Lord provided a cool, sunny afternoon conducive to outside work.
Another group of 60 served at Faith Baptist Church in Taylors—repairing chairs, washing bricks, and installing slats in chain link fences. They also spread quite a number of bales of pine needle straw.
Remaining behind at BJU were three landscape crews that worked on campus—picking up branches and raking leaves—between the Child Development Center and Pleasantburg Drive, inside the fence along East North Street back campus, and around the Davis Field House.
Other crews worked inside the Quadrangle cleaning, organizing, and even painting. One crew took up all the chairs in the Academy Auditorium and vacuumed the floor. Another group culled through old costumes and props in a storage room behind the A/V booth, tossing them out of the booth window to the floor below. There was a slight oversight that was realized when the 225 middle school students showed up at the empty auditorium for chapel. Oops! But, in less than seven minutes, all the chairs were back in place, and Mr. Payne was able to conduct chapel as usual.
One of the on-campus crews worked with Mr. Pinkston to take pictures of physical objects from the BJA archives—mainly spirit wear items from many years ago. Several students made cookies in the Foods room with Mrs. Ward while others took wrapped plates to local first responders.
The students worked hard, but the joy they experienced in serving others far outweighed the sore muscles and dirty hands. We are so thankful for the students the Lord has given us and their spirit to serve. Check out our Facebook page to see pictures of the students working that day.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant….” (Philippians 2:5-7).