Asbury Students Volunteer With Disaster Relief
August 24, 2016
WILMORE, Ky. — Sixteen Asbury University students will travel to Baton Rouge, La. this weekend to volunteer with a disaster relief organization in the aftermath of devastating floods in Louisiana.
Leaving Thursday, the student group will be led by Asbury senior Tyler Meynardie ’16. In Baton Rouge, students will partner with Disaster Relief at Work (DRAW), an organization directed by Asbury alumnus Greg Martin ’01. All day Friday and Saturday, students will be disinfecting, cleaning houses, removing debris and damaged furniture, distributing supplies and much more.
Serving is commonplace at Asbury — in the local community, across the U.S. and the world — with examples in recent years being groups that traveled to serve in Pass Christian, Miss. (2006), New Orleans, La. (2012), West Liberty, Ky. (2012), Moore, Okla. (2013) and other areas affected by natural disasters.
“This trip says a lot about Asbury students,” Meynardie said. “They’re leaving their studies, taking time off work, maybe even getting behind in assignments, but this is something the Lord wants us to do.”
Volunteering with DRAW may mean time away from school for Asbury students, but it’s all part of their education.
“We talk a lot at Asbury about sending people out to serve in all corners of the world, and what we’re doing this this weekend is fulfilling that,” Meynardie said. “This is definitely part of our education at Asbury — going out and bringing Christ to people. We’re going there to help people, and we’re going to work hard with the goal of showing the love of Christ. That’s what Asbury’s about — and that’s why I’m here.”
Kaylyn Moran ‘10, coordinator of Community Service & Social Justice Initiatives at Asbury, says service in the wake of natural disasters is an opportunity for students to share the love of God and to become more engaged in service.
“Being present for people in a painful moment is part of being a good citizen and part of being a good citizen in the Kingdom of Heaven,” Moran said. “We believe that much of our education happens outside the classroom, taking what we’ve learned and applying it in real-life situations. Students get excited to see that their education connects to real-world issues.”
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