“God does not give you anything you can not handle,” were the first words that opened up United Campus Ministry week at the Methodist Children’s Home. Under Campus Ministry Director Connie Beaux, each day the women of campus ministry, held an event that would better the Grambling-Ruston community. The first event held, was a visit to the Methodist Children Home in Ruston Louisianan. The devotional was given by, senior mass communication major Lenore Jean-Baptiste.
The devotional came out of the Book of Job in the Bible, encouraging the children, to stay strong, no matter their circumstances. With 30 teens in attendance, age ranging from 13 to 17, speakers were given the opportunity to speak with them about their personal circumstances, while encouraging others that dealt with self esteem and social problems to stay positive. During the event, the teens were ask to come up and receive prayer. sociology major Latorria Green, opened the event with prayer while psychology major Dannyell Lewis offered personal advice on how to maintain a close relationship with God.
Each of the teens were given an opportunity to speak on personal issues they were battling with, and were given advice, from all the women there. Monday, Oct. 1, United Campus Ministry held an event called “Women’s Space” in partnership with the Student Government Association (SGA). The two organizations teamed up, to host, “Break the Silence; Love doesn’t have to Hurt” workshop. The event focused on domestic violence awareness and prevention.
Guest speakers included Ms. Debbie Fairthcloth, who represented, Domestic Abuse Resistant Team (D.A.R.T). Others such as Dr. Coleen Speed, director of the Student Counseling Services were also amongst those who spoke during the event. The week continued October 2, with the introduction of 23 new Order of Eastern Stars and six males Stars from Masonic lodge number 23 from New Orleans.
The event was held in a public ceremony in the Black and Gold room, with Dr. Douglas Thomas, giving a sermon on love and why it is important. In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month, United Campus Ministry had a Cancer survival ice cream social, where pink pens, pink wrist bands and ice cream where passed out to all those who attended the event. Grambling State University’s United Campus Ministry is located in the Robinson Dormitory located across the streets from the Tiger Express. United Campus Ministry is opened to all students no matter their religious background.