In 2006, I had the privilege of being on the first Bisons for Christ planning committee. Admittedly, the first thing about the invitation to join that piqued my interest was the line that read, “Lunch will be provided,” but as each weekly meeting came around, I become more invested in what we were working to accomplish through this day of service. The committee, made up of students, faculty and staff, was organized by Vice President for Parent and Alumni Relations Liz Howell and College Church of Christ’s college and outreach minister Todd Gentry in an effort to revitalize an already existing day of service.
One thing that I feel the University does so well is providing areas for students to have their voices heard, and I saw that firsthand in this committee. Liz and Todd wanted to hear from us about service projects we were excited about and how to get our peers excited, too. They helped us execute our big ideas and supported us in whatever ways we needed.
Now in its 10th year, I’m proud to see that Bisons for Christ continues to be one of the biggest single days of service, aiding the Searcy community in a number of ways.
Yesterday, the Mitchell Center launched a mobile app for community service, and according to the numbers shown, there were more than 70 events with nearly 260 volunteers logging a total of 418 hours of service. And that was just what was recorded in the app! Those volunteers showed Christ’s love through pulling weeds and delivering boxed lunches and hosting sports camps. Their hands were dirty, but their hearts were full, and those whom they served got to see for themselves how Harding lives out its community of mission.
I’m so proud to see how Bisons for Christ has grown!
Jennifer Hannigan, copy editor/writer