Opportunity for SBTS students to embrace Louisville community

Communications Staff — January 26, 2010

On Feb. 6 the Great Commission Center at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will host the annual Reaching Out Louisville event. The one-day experience brings together students from Southern and Boyce College, the undergraduate institution of Southern, and encourages them to engage in the community service and evangelism opportunities that the Great Commission Center organizes and supports throughout the year.

“The purpose of Reaching Out Louisville is to connect the Southern Seminary community with the city of Louisville and to minister to the city through evangelism and pure service,” said Anthony Casey, Great Commission Center staffer.

 Service projects on Feb. 6, detailed below, are open to men and women of all skill levels and include:

  • Ministering to refugee community: Be a part of the team that regularly visits Village Manor Apartments to minister to a refugee group, largely comprised of Nepali and Middle Eastern people. Opportunities will include sharing Bible stories as well as assisting individuals in writing their resumes and also job interview coaching.
  • Habitat for Humanity home build: As a member of a team, help build a home that will be given to a low-income family in Louisville. No experience or special skills are required and all appropriate materials will be provided.
  • Organization for Pregnancy Resource Center: Female students and student wives can assist in organizing a donation clothing closet for A Woman’s Choice Resource Center, a crisis pregnancy ministry that is dedicated to presenting the Gospel by assisting and educating women facing crisis pregnancies and protecting the lives of unborn children, and Necole’s Place, a safe place dedicated tohelping mothers realizethe future and hope God has for them. The clothing closet available for ladies who need clothing for professional and personal use.
  • Disaster relief training: A new, timely addition to Reaching Out Louisville is mission trip training for future outreach to the country of Haiti. Southern Seminary and the Great Commission Center have been working with Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) Disaster Relief to provide aid to Haiti. Those interested in participating in a Southern-sponsored mission trip to Haiti April 2 – 11 must complete Phase I of the KBC’s disaster relief training. Participants of Reaching Out Louisville can attend a Phase I training session on Feb.6 at 9th & O Baptist Church, 4401 Breckenridge Lane, in Louisville. Training costs $40 (cash or check) and includes a required background check, training materials and an identification card. To sign up for the disaster training please contact Jen Burton with Southern Seminary Campus Security, jburton@sbts.edu, in addition to the Great Commission Center.

Those participating in the Feb. 6 events may turn this one-day experience into regular commitment for their community. Opportunities for sharing the Gospel throughout Louisville are abundant and the Great Commission Center can assist in finding a place for students to share their knowledge of God’s word and also their desire to assist those in need.

If you would like to participate in any of the Feb. 6 Reaching Out Louisville projects, please register with the Great Commission Center by stopping by their offices in Norton 108.

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