Saturday, November 12th was a morning of great joy on the campus of GBC as women from local churches came to meet with students they would be mentoring for the year. Heart2Heart Mentoring is a student-run program that provides female students with the option of being mentored by women from local churches who have a desire to invest in young women’s lives. Each year the program continues to grow, and this year was no exception. We have 15 mentors and 20 students participating this year (which has grown from 4 mentors and 6 students when it first began!). We are thankful for these women who are so willingly giving of their time to invest in GBC students!
Halloween has come and gone…but here at Grace Bible College, we are praising God for yet another great outreach event on Halloween night! About 30-35 GBC students enjoyed the opportunity to serve our immediate neighborhood by running games, painting faces, making bracelets and simply engaging with those that attended. This year we estimate there were over 200 people from our surrounding neighborhood who enjoyed the festivities and we thank God for the opportunity we had that night to serve the many kids and their parents who came through our doors.
Recently a group of GBC students went to see the movie Courageous, and were inspired by the story of men taking a stand to lead their families. The opportunity to see the movie together, men and women!, was appreciated by those who went. One male student who saw the movie commented, “That was intense.” We are thankful for wholesome media and the challenge it was to each of us.
Milk Chug, Mystery Smoothie, Goldfish Relay and Cottage Drop are some of the events students endured in this year’s Fear Factor event. This is by far the most disgusting event of the year…and yet GBC students are competitors and ‘enjoy’ every minute of it! Congratulations to the Cunning Caps for their victory and winning a home cooked dinner with the Loverin family.
Friday, October 14th was Dodgeball Tournament night, and GBC knows how to do dodgeball. Mens’ and womens’ teams competed hard as they fought to be the ultimate dodgeball champions. Thankfully there were no injuries to report and more dodgeball is sure to be on the GBC calendar!
Saturday, September 24th, ladies from GBC participated in the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARP) class taught by Dr. Scott Shaw. Participants learned various techniques of defense and had the opportunity to ‘practice’ the moves on punching bags and brave guest ‘assailants.’ A second class is tentatively scheduled for late January to increase ladies’ awareness and practice of tools they can use to keep themselves safe.
Tuesday, September 13th saw the start of this year’s small groups and the Resident Assistants, after the first night with their groups, are excited! Here are a few comments from several RAs:
There were a lot of laughs and overall we all seemed to have a great time. ~Josh
It was a good night and I am looking forward to this year even more. ~John
I can definitely say that things went smoother than I thought they would. I have a group of guys who are a wide range of people, and seem to fit well together. ~Curtis
I can’t wait for next week now that I know our group is good on the caring and relating part to put that into learning about our Savior. ~Naomi
God will do amazing things. I’m just going to have to wait and see what He’s going to do. ~Katie
Small Groups meet every Tuesday night from 10-11 pm and are led by the RAs. These groups are an amazing opportunity for friendships to form and accountability to be built among members throughout the year. We are thankful for another year to see what the Lord will do in and through GBC small groups!
New students are moved into the residence halls…small groups have been assigned…returning students are back on campus…and classes have just begun! We are back in full swing at GBC and the excitement on campus is contagious. Mr. Mark Congrove gave a challenging convocation address and encouraged students to take numerous steps toward progress: preparation, maturity, and obedience to name a few. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store for GBC this year!
Things at GBC are picking up…and quickly! Just last weekend, freshmen athletes moved into the residence halls. They didn’t hang around campus too long because early Monday morning, they loaded up and headed to Grace Adventures where they will spend the week participating in the Grace Experience. These athletes will return on Friday and official practices begin on Monday, August 15th. Go Tigers!