College students all over Texas are impacting their campus and communities through FOCUS Hope weekends. Each year the Collegiate Ministry at the BGCT hosts FOCUS, a state-wide weekend conference designed to encourage, equip and motivate students to reach their campuses with the hope of Christ.
Instead of having one statewide event this year, each college and university Baptist Student Ministry is taking a weekend to be missional and take the hope of Christ to their campuses and communities in partnership with Texas Hope 2010.
This weekend is the official kick-off of FOCUS Hope, although several weekends have already taken place since Aug. 28.
Last weekend, several North Texas universities and colleges met at The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson for a time of worship and service. Several groups helped deliver furniture to international students at the University of Texas at Dallas while others helped paint a house and help with Habitat for Humanity projects.
About 200 students from the BSM at Stephen F. Austin, Kilgore College and Angelina College came together for a time of worship on Friday night and then spent Saturday delivering Texas Hope 2010 gospel presentation CDs to several apartment complexes as well as taking clothing to the elderly through Love Inc.
Gary Davis, director of the SFA BSM, had the following to say about last weekend:
I hope they walked away just with a sense of getting involved and not just being complacent and content with just going to class, but seeing the need to go and serve. I hope they saw ways they can get involved and help out and not just be students but be servants as well.
As college students spend a weekend serving others, pray that their encounters will encourage them to lead a lifestyle of sharing the hope of Christ and being intentional with their actions. To find a project taking place near you, visit the FOCUS Hope Web site.