Asbury Gives Back Through Faith & Family Night
WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s seventh-annual Faith & Family Night was a gift to the community in more ways than one. Held at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington on July 29, the event featured professional baseball (the Lexington Legends vs. the Kannapolis Intimidators), fireworks and a concert from chart-topping Christian artist Josh Wilson.
Asbury University is well known for its community involvement — students do more than half a million dollars worth of community service each year — and Faith & Family night is one more way Asbury reflects God’s love in Central Kentucky.
More than 30 church group were among the fans filling the stands on Saturday. Throughout the evening, representatives from Asbury’s traditional undergraduate, degree completion and graduate programs spoke with guests about Asbury’s outstanding academics and unique integration of faith and learning, and the University offered more than $10,000 in scholarships in one night alone. Learn more about financial aid at Asbury.
Many Asbury alumni, faculty, staff and students attended Faith & Family Night. Adam Schell ’18 gave the opening prayer, and the national anthem was sung by Scherzo, a quartet made of students and a recent grad (Schell, Josh Bowman ’18, Glenn McClothlin ’18 and Andrew Wittenberg ’17).
“It’s always great to get together with other Asbury alumni — we’re like family,” said Sandra Hancock ’58 Wilmot. “You can meet after 25 years and just pick right up where you were. This is a chance for us to get together and for alumni to be witnesses.”
Before the concert from Josh Wilson, guests heard a short testimony from Mike Sweeney, a former first baseman for the Kansas City Royals. Sweeney spoke on Jesus’ calling of two disciples — an encounter that took place around the tenth hour, or 4 p.m. For Sweeney, the passage illustrates the power of a personal relationship with God.
“The best day of my life was the day I met Jesus,” Sweeney said. “Playing in the Major Leagues, making a million dollars playing baseball, going to five All-Star games and recently going into the Royals Hall of Fame was great. But I want to tell you that I had a ‘four o’clock in the afternoon’ moment — and it was as a teenage boy when I said yes to Jesus Christ.”