“Water! Water!” cried an elderly woman seated only inches from a refreshing glass of ice water, a red straw bent back toward her lips. Nearby, a group of students on Christian Service ministered to the other residents of the nursing home, singing, talking, and listening.
One of the students, hearing the plea, gently patted the woman’s arm then lifted the red straw to her chapped lips. Such a simple act, giving a cup of cold water in Christ’s name—that’s Christian service.
Each week, hundreds of students go out to serve in Christian Service activities—reaching the lost through Bible clubs, juvenile justice outreach, nursing home ministries, and special needs ministries—letting others know that they are not forgotten, that they are loved not for a moment but for eternity.
“At PCC, students totally own Christian Service,” said President Shoemaker during chapel as the semester began. “We give back to the community because it leads to evangelism. Get involved in a way that grows you spiritually and fulfills the Great Commission,” he challenged this year’s student body.
Every fall, students have the opportunity to attend Christian Service Expo where they can learn about the 66 student-led ministries. While freshmen are just starting to get involved, upperclassmen look forward to making each ministry their own.
They can also attend the Soul Winning Seminar, a biannual event held by Campus Church and open to church members and all college students. During the last seminar, various speakers shared insights on how to share Christ in everyday situations.
This year’s Soul Winning Seminar will be September 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Crowne Centre. The evening will begin with a general session led by Pastor McBride followed by three small-group breakout sessions. Led by Campus Church leaders, topics like “Turning a Conversation to the Gospel” and “Effectively Praying for Souls” will give practical advice on sharing the gospel with children, teenagers, and adults.
To nearly 500,000 Pensacola residents, students in Christian Service stand as a beacon of hope. They kneel to lift up the hurting, smile to encourage the weary, and represent the helping hands of Christ moving a cold glass of water within reach.