Thursday, June 26
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The Presbytery of Prospect Hill
The motto “Education for service” is engraved not only on the cornerstone of Dixon-Eilers Hall at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, but also on the hearts and minds of generations of students, staff, and faculty as they continually serve others in Christ. Organized in 1891, Buena Vista University (BVU) celebrated “paying it forward” in the 2012–13 academic year by investing over 20,000 hours of volunteer service within the Storm Lake community, throughout the United States, and around the world. Through BVU’s 15-year-old alternative spring break program, students and advisors offer the gift of time, faith, and passion in service.
In March 2013, one of the break destinations was Seattle. There the team of 12 explored issues of hunger and homelessness through immersion in the Union Gospel Mission Men’s Shelter and the Northwest Harvest Kent Warehouse, where donated food is packaged for local food banks. Students were enthralled with the testimonies of men undergoing transformation through the mission’s faith-driven programs.
As BVU chaplain, I’ve had the opportunity to advise and travel on 13 alternative service breaks. Each student is exposed to incredible people and transformative programs created by faith-based organizations. They return to campus refreshed, recharged, and ready to make a difference in the lives of others.
The Presbytery of Prospect Hill is home to 50 congregations and their 6,534 members.
—Rev. Ken Meissner, chaplain and director of spiritual life, Buena Vista University
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
O God, as each new generation is fed in faith by your Word and through service in your name, instill within them a desire to witness throughout their journey while serving the needs of the unloved and forgotten. Amen.