April 21st, 2010 by Catie Prinzing
Summer is fast approaching. What are the possibilities besides endless? I hope to visit a beach, take a hiking trip, and hit up Blockbuster every weekend with my friends (right before we raid the Taco Bell). It’s easy for me to want to take a break over the summer; to let my mind rest from the stress of daily classes and such. Aren’t we all this way? We feel as though we deserve a little time to ourselves. Usually this also translates into relaxed expectations for my devotional life. Without the structure of a daily routine, Bible reading and prayer gets pushed aside and fit in “whenever.” Is this the kind of approach I should be taking? Not really.
This summer it’s my goal to use the abundant free time (apart from the stereotypical yet necessary “summer job”) and the beautiful weather to walk closer with God. I have the benefit of learning vast amounts about Him and His Word at BBC, and what better time is there to process that information and apply it? Since BBC is preparing me for ministry, why not employ my new-found skills by getting involved in a summer kids’ program or young girls’ Bible study? After taking my theology classes, I can go to my pastors and Sunday school teachers with question I have about what I have been learning. Summer is God’s gift to college students, but that doesn’t mean our spiritual lives have to take the back seat, that’s reserved for a guitar and a long-board anyway…
April 12th, 2010 by Catie Prinzing
Yesterday it hit me that I was halfway done with my college career. The truth is: I don’t want it to be over. Living in a dorm full of girls that truly care about me, attending class and chapel where the truth is spoken in love, interacting with professors who know their stuff and want to share it with me … I couldn’t dream up a more perfect environment.
Sure it comes with its share of difficulties. Who wants a 6:30 shower slot after late nights writing term papers on books you barely skimmed? But it comes with the territory. I like to think that it’s all a part of the memorable experience, and it definitely builds character. Somehow I managed to cram a shocking amount of memories into my four semesters here. Prayer nights after curfew, intramural victories, dorm bonfires, and my share of campus socials are what make the college experience exceptional.
And I don’t want to leave!
Selfishly, I want to stay here as long as possible and just be fed the truth of God’s Word and fellowship with others who love Him. Actually starting the ministry I came to prepare for? Now that’s seems scary.
My thoughts shift back to high school. I felt almost the exact same way. I didn’t want to leave my friends and familiar surroundings, yet God provided and proved that His plan was better than mine. How many times do I hear that message, and fail to remember when life gets scary? His plan is better than mine.
I don’t know how God wants me to serve Him when I leave here, but I can be assured that wherever He puts me, it’s going to be fantastic. So, bring on those last two years of school… I can’t wait to see what I get to do next.
April 12th, 2010 by Jamie Knowles
I was really inspired a week or so ago. The President for W.A.R. (Women At Risk International) spoke to the student body, and I was amazed by what I heard. I decided to get involved.
Women At Risk is collecting banquet dresses to send overseas to give to the women over there. Therefore, I am going to collect as many banquet dresses as I can by August 20, 2010.
My goal is 50 banquet dresses and I have 3 already.
I am so excited about this. This is the first time since I have come to BBC where I felt like I needed to do something to help a ministry. I want to get involved in this ministry, and I hope you do to. This ministry is trying to save women who are being trafficked all over the world for money and sex. This Christian program is looking for people to help fight the crime of trafficking by getting involved.
If you wish to help, look on facebook for the group I will be starting to get the word out about the ministry. The group is called Dresses For War. I have no clue what picture I will have, but just look for my name. There you will find ways that you can help me reach my goal and more information on W.A.R. itself.