By Whitney Knight
On Sept. 22 and 23, Mid-America Christian University upheld its commitment to Christian service by holding its second annual Day of Service. More than one hundred student, faculty and staff participants in thirteen states served at various charities and organizations across the country.
Locally, MACU partnered with the City Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, and Sommerset Neighborhood Assisted Living and Memory Care in south Oklahoma City.
Over the course of two days, MACU volunteers worked in a variety of roles at the City Rescue Mission. Participants cooked and served warm meals to the homeless, then joined with them at lunch tables for prayer and fellowship. Later, volunteers sorted and prepared donations to be distributed to individuals in need.
With the partnership of Habitat for Humanity, an additional group of seventeen students, faculty, and staff members completed the framework of a house for the Azaou family.
Adult Student Services director Amanda Harris said it was a positive experience, especially for students who had never served in such a physical capacity.
“We worked hand-in-hand with the future homeowners, which gave us the opportunity to really interact and bond with them,” Harris said. “At the end of the day, seeing the results of our labor was incredible. Our students felt very rewarded.”
She said even though community service is a requirement for MACU’s traditional student body, the campus views the day as a time to band together and practice their Christian faith.
“MACU believes that serving others is at the foundation of who we are and that ministry comes in many forms,” Harris said. “Whether that is providing a service or just spending some time in fellowship with someone in need, it is a rewarding experience for us. We hope these days have a positive impact on our community.”
MACU’s Day of Service is held every fall, and the university invites on-campus and online students from across the country to participate. For more information, visit www.macu.edu/serve.
Mid-America Christian University offers a Christian liberal arts education through two dynamic colleges. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers undergraduate degrees to traditional residential and daytime commuting students at the main campus in south Oklahoma City. The College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) makes college education affordable and accessible to busy working adults and graduate students. Degree programs are offered online or on-ground at the main campus or through MACU’s north Oklahoma City location. MACU is an endorsed agency of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) and is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Visit www.macu.edu for more information.