BSM sends students to South Padre and New York

Students share their faith in the sand and snow

By Christian Hunick
On March 22, 2018

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Rachel Key helps a child put on a temporary tattoo during a ministry event in New York.

The Baptist Student Ministry at ASU took students on two separate trips over spring break: “Beach Reach” at Padre Island and “Texas Loves New York” in New York City.

Beach Reach is an event that happens every spring break where students from universities across the U.S. travel to Padre Island to provide free rides, pancakes and prayers while sharing their faith.

Sophomore Lexie Hayes was one of the seven students who participated in Beach Reach this year from March 9–16. 

“I thought that the ministry sounded really cool to me, and I wanted to help people get back to their hotels safely,” Hayes said. “I also wanted the experience of sharing the gospel with people who may not have heard it or who have heard it before but strayed away from it.”

During the day, the students passed out hotline cards, which had a number to call for a ride and a list of events spring breakers could attend.

“We also had a midnight breakfast and a morning breakfast every day that we invited people come to,” Hayes said. 

The other trip that BSM had over spring break ran from March 10–16 in New York.
Students who went on the New York trip broke into two teams, one of which participated with a group called “Let My People Go.”

“They help out vulnerable people and try to prevent human trafficking, like sex trafficking and labor trafficking,” junior Katelyn Stallworth said.

The group worked with a pastor their first day and learned about what his church does to help the homeless and sex trafficking victims in the Flushing area.

“We got to meet with this lady named Susan who runs an organization that prevents human trafficking and helps victims with things like court cases and housing,” Stallworth said.

Stallworth and the others also visited a food pantry that gives out food to low income New York residents, learned about fair trade practices, volunteered at a Christian Chinese day care and bought food for some of the homeless people of New York.

The other group went to Corona, a Hispanic-majority neighborhood of New York. There, they worked with a local church called Iglesia Bautista Canaan.

“In the mornings we visited people who were hurting physically, emotionally or spiritually,” senior Laura Dooley said. “For example, we visited a man who was only 30 years old who had a stroke.”

In the afternoon, the group went to the local library and helped bilingual students with schoolwork.

Whether on the beach or in the snow, the students with BSM were moved by the individuals they interacted with.

“They showed me that God loves everybody, even if they are not Christian,” Hayes said. “We should love everybody regardless of how different they are from you or how different their beliefs are.”

 

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