- February 4, 2013
- By Kalie Lowrie, Dallas Baptist University
DALLAS—Seventy-nine Dallas Baptist University students spent the Martin Luther King Day of Service volunteering at four sites around Dallas.
The men’s basketball team worked at Brother Bill’s Helping Hand ministry, a faith-based nonprofit agency that meets the medical, physical, educational and social needs of Dallas residents. The student-athletes helped clean shelves in the grocery store and restock food and giveaway items.
“I think going to Brother Bill’s today was a great way to observe MLK Day,” freshman Myles Johnson said. “Dr. King was a man who truly valued giving back and putting others first. Going and helping out today really reminded me of how important those things are.”
Several students helped Cornerstone Baptist Church in South Dallas show Christ’s love to people who watched a parade that passed in front of the church on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Students distributed bottled water to people gathered prior to the parade and served lunch to people in the community—many of them homeless—following the event.
Opportunity to Share Faith
Senior Lindsay Cox enjoyed the opportunity to visit with people and share her faith.
“For me personally, going out and talking to complete strangers about God is difficult,” she said. “However, that day God gave me a boldness that really surprised me, I did not even feel like myself, but it was awesome. God moved in my heart and just challenged me to see everyone through his eyes and to see them how he sees them.”
Another group served at Mount Lebanon Baptist Encampment in Cedar Hill, where they spent the morning raking leaves, cleaning out a swimming pool and doing various landscaping jobs.
Students also partnered with Angel Wing Ministries to put together gifts for local nursing-home residents. They met at the DBU Hurst-Colleyville campus to assemble floral arrangements and then distributed them to residents at Richland Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.