MONTGOMERY (TAB) — While most students think of spring break as an opportunity to hit the beach, Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) students can be found on the front lines of crisis providing ministry and relief for communities experiencing disaster.
Sixteen students from the University of Alabama in Huntsville led by campus minister Edwin Hocutt are currently assisting with the disaster relief (DR) efforts in Monroe, Louisiana, where Alabama Baptist resources and teams are working alongside other state conventions to provide mud-out ministry for area residents. Included in the resources from Alabama is a shower unit, a laundry unit and two chaplain teams.
University of Alabama (UA) students recently spent their spring break in Michigan assisting ongoing flood recovery efforts. Led by campus minister Nate Young, the UA students partnered with other BCM teams from across the country for rebuild efforts and a continued evangelistic witness. Three mass feeding teams from Alabama have been deployed to Michigan to provided meals and housing support for BCM student teams throughout March, reported Mel Johnson, DR strategist for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.
Baldwin, Chilton, Cleburne and St. Clair association DR teams in Louisiana also are working with BCM students to reach more homes with the message of Christ. Alabama currently has 11 additional teams ready to deploy beginning March 28.
Johnson said, “Local, national and international disaster relief efforts provided by Alabama Baptists reflect a deep commitment to Great Commission ministries and remain true to an Acts 1:8 model for missions. Remember to pray for families receiving a gospel touch from Christ through our missionaries.”