Ministry festival provides students opportunities to serve

Numerous ministries set up booths to raise awareness and to motivate students to serve.

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Katie Juranek

S.A.Y. Yes! ministry member and senior Blaire Hunt (left) waves to friends at the ministry festival on September 6, 2011. S.A.Y. Yes! is an after school program that invites students to Skid Row to work with homeless and poverty-affected children. | Ashley Jones/THE CHIMES

Sarah Arias, Writer

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Biola University kicked off its two-day ministry festival. The event started at 9 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m. Some of the ministries present were Apologia, the Tijuana Ministry, Brown Bag, Biola Buddies, Central City Ministry, Generation Her, Social Justice Ministry, Revive Ministries, Evangelical and Mormon Interaction, among others.

The festival provided a variety of different ministry opportunities ranging from helping orphans in Tijuana to ministering to fellow students through prayer and worship. Students can choose from ministries founded by Biola or other outside organizations, with opportunities on and off campus.

Students ,like junior Mary Beth Boyd, braved the September heat to check out the booths and what the ministries had to offer.

“I’ve been here a number of times before,” Boyd said. “But this year I feel like people are getting more involved and the people at the booths are more invested in it.”

Senior Cass Heckel, spokesperson for Evangelical and Mormon Interaction, said she had between 20 to 25 interested students come to her table during her two-hour shift, the majority being new freshman students trying to get plugged in.

The fair will continue tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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