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McKENZIE — Bethel University freshmen started their collegiate career by assisting the people of McKenzie.
Garrett Burns, associate chaplain of Bethel University said the incoming students partnered in 20 groups of approximately 20 students each to do good work throughout McKenzie. The effort is part of Bethel’s emphasis of service to God and the community.
“We are blessed beyond measure! God’s timing is perfect. This year, the incoming freshmen class were challenged to do good works all across McKenzie. Our community needs the love of Christ embodied and these students rose to the occasion,” said Associate Chaplain Burns. “In all, they served at 15 different sites to include the First United Methodist Church, United Neighbors, the City of McKenzie, Children’s Network Daycare, Friendly Church of God in Christ, Greater Enon Baptist Church, Christian Care Center, First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, McKenzie Healthcare, Carroll County Humane Society, Lakeside Retirement Home, Overflow Church, blankets for the Linus Project and Caris Healthcare, and a few private homes.
“We were all blessed and pray God was glorified in the process! Pray for us as we reflect on our work and worship God together in chapel,” said Burns.
The mission was in cooperation with the College Orientation Experience and Bethel’s Chaplain’s office.
On Saturday evening, the businesses, churches, and groups were honored to return the favor to the freshmen. During the Freshman Blast, the students enjoyed meeting individuals from the businesses as they lined the one-way streets in front of Campbell Hall. Returning students, representing student groups, also welcomed the incoming students.
The university began classes on Monday, August 20.