Three faith-based organizations at Georgia Southern University recently completed a powerful week of ministry.
Throughout “I Am One Unity Week,” participants ministered in the community and to fellow students.
“Our vision for this week is to see all people from different ages, races and denominations come together to serve our community,” said Amanda Ross, the president of Impact Campus Ministry and events coordinator for I Am One Unity Week.
Ross, a public relations major from Columbus, Ga., and member of Spirit and Truth Worship Center in downtown Statesboro, said the week was “an idea God gave me last year, but this year we made it bigger and involved other groups. We wanted to say, ‘We’re all one; it’s about unity.’ ”
Impact, Wesley, and Awaken campus ministries kicked off the week with a night of worship and prayer.
On Monday, April 15, dubbed “Love Day,” students used the theme to show the love of Christ through random acts of kindness and encouragement. Some students visited Southern Manor Nursing Home with gifts of candy and flowers for residents and workers. Students wrote notes of thanks to janitors and others on campus and posted sticky notes around Georgia Southern for students, reminding them, “You can do it!”
The Unity Week hosted a Believers Social for participants to get to know one another better.
“There are so many believers on this campus,” Ross said. “It was awesome to meet, fellowship and get connected with one another.”
On Tuesday, April 16, the group served more than 100 students in need with free groceries. Spirit and Truth Worship Center, under the direction of Pastor Paul R. Johnson and the sponsor of Impact Campus Ministry, donated enough groceries and meat to fill many bags.
Ross said the food bank day was very well-received.
“Word spread fast,” she said. “Once you see a college kid with a bag of groceries, and they say it’s free … the promotion just kind of takes care of itself.”
The Forum apartment complex partnered with the group on Wednesday, April 17, for “Donate, Get a Plate.” College students received a plate of grilled chicken and the fixings for a $3 donation or the contribution of three toiletry-type items for the homeless community. “We collected enough money to buy more than 400 items to donate,” Ross said. “There are 10 boxes of stuff in my room that Union Mission in Savannah is coming to get.”
That night, students learned about the horrors of modern-day slavery. International Justice Mission shared the alarming statistic that every 2 to 3 minutes, someone in the world falls victim to slavery. Ross said that message was presented in a powerful way when, during the session, a person was taken from the audience every two minutes, bound and placed on stage as a visual awareness.
Participants celebrated “One Night, One God, One Body of Believers” on Thursday, April 18, with a carnival and concert. Several ministering teams from campus took part in the evening.
And for a culminating event, students left the campus and went into the community to serve residents at Butler Homes.
“We took a grill, speakers, and music,” Ross said. “We loved on people, knocked on doors and asked if they needed prayer and talked about Jesus.”
Ross added that the students enjoyed their time so much, they plan to have an ongoing relationship with the families.
“I think it is a great start on a journey of all believers in Statesboro to come together, to become unified,” she said.