by Public Relations
Cedarville University students have been involved in missions and service in dozens of countries, from Illinois to Togo, from Louisiana to Indonesia. But sometimes the most influential missions field can be right in your own backyard.
This was the Student Government Association's (SGA) thinking this past fall when it came time to choose a ministry for the student body to be involved in. This year SGA found someone to help right next door in Springfield, Ohio.
Changing Lives Now is an organization that restores people in Springfield through activities like discipling ex-convicts, recovering addicts and prostitutes; serving daily meals to the inner city community; running kids’ programs; and holding evangelistic outreach opportunities, Bible studies and church services.
SGA wanted to find a ministry where students could serve practically and know where their financial contributions were being used. SGA held four days intended to actively involve students in the ministry. Anywhere from four to 23 students ministered each of those days, many of whom want to be involved consistently more long-term.
SGA also ran a chapel service where they collected donations that will go towards restoring a building recently purchased to expand the ministry’s campus. The money will help pay for a new heating, ventilating and air conditioning system, restroom restoration and handicap access, electrical updates, carpet and tile, wood refinishing and a handicap ramp.
SGA spent the year preparing for this final chapel and days of ministry by praying for the student body and the ministry itself. They wanted the people who got involved to be excited and be called to give and care. This ministry would really force people to look outside of themselves and into the surrounding community.
“I’ve learned so much through this experience,” says Katherine Watson, SGA philanthropy director. “I’m so thankful that the Lord let us partner with these people. It’s so humbling to see Him work and know this is where we’re supposed to be. I want to encourage others to ‘pop the Cedarville bubble’ and be involved locally.”
The ministry still needs financial assistance to complete building updates and continue their work in Springfield. To donate or learn more about the ministry, please visit changinglivesnow.org.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,200 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.