Unique Asbury Event Raises Support for Refugee Mission – Asbury University
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November 4, 2016

Asbury University students and faculty spent two days in a makeshift camp to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis.

WILMORE, Ky. — A committed group of Asbury University faculty and students spent last night in tents on Asbury’s Reasoner Green, braving the cold as part of a unique fundraising event. 

Called Camp Jewell Walk, the event is a project of Asbury’s Public Relations class. Students hope to increase campus awareness of the global refugee crisis and to raise funds for a mission trip to the Eleonas Refugee Camp in Athens, Greece, which will be led by mission organization Go International.

Students will host a fundraising dinner on Saturday at the Great Commission Fellowship student center in Wilmore. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and admission is free to the public ($5 entry for students). Donations will benefit Go International’s refugee relief initiative. Several of the students involved with the project, including Mackenzi Mason ’18, will travel to Athens with Go International this December.

“We are doing this to help raise awareness and to give a taste of what refugee life is like, even though it can’t really compare,” Mason said. “As Christians, we’re called to understand other cultures and other people. It’s our goal to bring the gospel to the entire world, and you can’t do that if you don’t try to understand others and help them get what they need to live.”

Zach Jeffcoat ’18, project manager for the Public Relations class, hopes Camp Jewell Walk and the fundraising dinner will inspire others to get involved.

“We are seeking to create opportunities to get people motivated to reach out into this situation in any way,” Jeffcoat said. “Even if this only puts the topic on people’s minds, it will get it in some people’s prayers.”

Jeffcoat says his experience at Asbury has inspired him to become involved with issues like the refugee crisis, taking meaningful action to fulfill the Great Commission.

 “I want to be the kind of person who will do whatever it takes to share the love of God to those who haven’t experienced it yet,” Jeffcoat said. “I’ve been humbled to my knees over the past few years, and now see how all the Lord needs is a willing heart. I want to lend it wherever possible.”