October 26th, 2009 at 11:11 am
MARSHALL – Students, faculty and staff of East Texas Baptist University are involved in carrying out the vision of Texas Hope 2010 in presenting the gospel to every Texan by Easter Sunday 2010.
The ETBU Office of Spiritual Development distributed to each faculty and staff member a copy of the “Hope 2010, Call to Prayer” guide on Oct. 9. The ETBU family was invited to use the guides from Oct. 11 Nov. 9. During chapel Oct. 12, all students were given a 30-day devotional book, “Pilgrimage: Preparing for the Journey,” written by ETBU faculty and staff.
According to Vice President of Spiritual Development Alan Huesing, the series of devotionals and the Hope 2010 prayer guide are being used to prepare the campus for Spiritual Renewal Week to be held Nov. 9-13. “We also are placing Hope 2010 prayer reminders in our daily electronic newsletter called Tiger Daily which goes to every employee’s email inbox,” said Huesing.
“We wanted the faculty and staff to be reading the same scriptures for 30 days,” said ETBU Director of the Great Commission Center Allan Thompson. “This time of prayer and scripture reading will give us an unprecedented unity in our anticipation of what God will do during our Spiritual Renewal Week.”
The Baptist Student Ministries of ETBU recently has been involved in reaching out to the community with the gospel. Back in September, ETBU students assisted two churches in the Gregg Baptist Association by conducting door-to-door surveys as well as leaving gospel materials and information about the churches they were representing.
“Our students had great opportunities to pray for and encourage believers as well as share words of testimony with several non-believers,” said ETBU BSM Director Mark Yates.
The ETBU BSM Kid’s Club, a local ministry to four low income housing developments, will be using Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions funds to provide Thanksgiving baskets to families. The baskets will contain a turkey and all the fixings for dinner and the Hope 2010 “What’s Missing” multimedia CD.
“We are excited to be an integral partner of the Texas Hope 2010 emphasis with area institutional groups, churches, and the BGCT in sharing the story of Jesus with our state,” stated David L. Jones, ETBU Director of Church Relations.