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Asbury Students Volunteer at Governor’s Prayer Breakfast

February 6, 2018

Students posing with Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin poses for a photo with Asbury students (from left): Seth Kinyua ’21, Joseph Mikebanyi ’21, Juan Vidal ’21 and Demarion Johnson ’21.

WILMORE, Ky. — Forty Asbury University students volunteered as ushers at the 52ndannual Kentucky Governor’s Prayer Breakfast this morning, rising early to serve a gathering that brought together elected officials, community organizers and church leaders from across the state.

Held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., the event gave students an opportunity to serve — as well as to interact with state and local leaders including Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.

“Being able to come together with politicians, leaders and people from all walks of life across Kentucky, joining together for a time of prayer and worship is an extremely important thing,” said Charles Crouse ’19, a current student who volunteered at the Prayer Breakfast. “Students at Asbury care about where they are, and they care about the future of this country. The Lord says to go out and make disciples of all nations, and Asburians really take that to heart. This is just one way we can do that.”

Albert Veksler (co-founder and director, Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast Movement) and Nick Mingione (head baseball coach at the University of Kentucky) spoke at the Prayer Breakfast, with music provided by Iron Bell Music and Alma Randolph.

Attendance at this year’s event was the biggest on record, and so was Asbury student involvement. Starting at 6:15 a.m., Asbury students were on site and ready to serve — and Gov. Bevin was impressed.

“To me, it speaks very much to both the mission of the school and the heart of the students,” Bevin said. “Servant leadership is easy to say and harder to do, and for a university like Asbury to truly embody that, as evidenced by 40 young people coming here at this hour to serve others — it just speaks volumes.”

Carolyn Ridley ’81, a senior leadership giving officer at Asbury who serves on the Prayer Breakfast steering committee, says the event is an outstanding networking opportunity as well.

“Students get into the event for free and can fill in at tables if they choose,” said Ridley. “Sometimes you might be sitting by the Commissioner of Agriculture or some other elected official. It’s great for students to be able to experience something like this, and their willingness really speaks to who Asbury is. They see it as an opportunity, because they want to reach out and serve.”