WBU students reach out over Spring Break
March 27, 2014
PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University faculty, staff and students took part in Spring Break ministry opportunities the week of March 9. Baptist Student Ministries led a team of 22 individuals to Beach Reach in South Padre Island, and the Wayland Mission Center took 15 individuals to Detroit and Dearborn, Mich., where they participated in evangelism outreach.
BSM Director Donnie Brown and Assistant Director Kenny Lydick made the annual trek to Padre Island, where their primary activity involved giving those participating in Spring Break activities van rides around the island.
“During that time we talk to them, get to know them and share the Gospel with them if possible,” Lydick said. “We are really there just to serve them.”
The Wayland group was part of more than 800 individuals from churches and colleges all across the state, who come out to participate in Beach Reach. Lydick said prayer is also a big part of the ministry. A room is set up where individuals volunteer to pray, staffing the room nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“There is a lot of spiritual warfare,” Lydick said. “We spend a lot of time in prayer -- even on the van rides before people get on and after they get off. The week is covered in prayer.”
Lydick said 104 decisions were made and 21 people were baptized in the ocean during their week on the beach.
Dr. Richard Shaw, director of Wayland’s Mission Center, led a group of 15 individuals, including students from Wayland’s campuses in Plainview, Lubbock, San Antonio, Phoenix and a virtual campus student, to Michigan to participate in evangelism efforts.
Shaw said the group experienced different aspects of evangelism from door-to-door visitation and prayer walks to leading youth discipleship classes and leading worship. The group also helped clean and paint a couple of facilities.
While in Dearborn, the group worked with Angel House to minister to Muslims. Students participated in inter-faith dialogues at two mosques. Shaw, who conducted much of his doctoral research in Michigan, said he knows many of the Imams in the area and was able to set up these visitations and dialogues. He said he asks the Imams to speak first about Islam and what is of particular interest to them then they ask the group to speak about Christianity. An open dialogue about religion ensues.
“It’s friendly and congenial and not confrontational or anything like that,” Shaw said. “It’s informative.”
He said they visited a Shia mosque where the group follows Ali, the son-in-law of Muhammad, who was married to Fatimah. Shaw said the day they visited was the anniversary of the death of Fatimah to whom they pray.
“For most of our students, it was a very eye-opening experience,” Shaw said.
The Wayland group worked with 11 area pastors who have since reported that 114 salvation decisions had been made as a result of the group’s door-to-door efforts. Of those who made decisions, 86 have found a church home.