Not long ago we included an article on our web site about
how students at Campbell University started a ministry to reach out to
international students. Students attending the five affiliated North Carolina
Baptist colleges and universities continue to make me proud as I hear about their
involvement in missions and service on their campus, in the community and
around the world. Last year, students at Chowan University spent the summer
serving in East St. Louis. A graduate student at Gardner-Webb University began
serving in the Peace Corps with HIV/AIDS relief in Rwanda. Mars Hill College
students used summer break to minister in Puriscal, Costa Rica. Students at
Wingate University helped with Habitat for Humanity projects.
During February we encourage churches to designate one
Sunday as Baptist College Day. North Carolina Baptists have long expressed a
belief that education, specifically Christian higher education, is an
important, necessary and essential part of the convention’s ministry. While one
of the original purposes for the establishment of the convention was
theological education, the young convention soon expanded into the area of
Christian higher education; meaning that we supported higher education for
fields beyond the preparation of ministers and missionaries.
The North Carolina Baptist Scholarship Program administered
by the convention allows North Carolina Baptists to continue supporting our
young people as they prepare to enter many professional fields of work. For the
2009-2010 academic year, 663 Baptist scholarships were awarded, totaling more
than $980,000. I am so glad we as a convention support our college students.
The college years are indeed a special season of life. A time of learning in
the classroom, and a time of growing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. I hope
all our college students will be mindful that this is a special time. Do not be
anxious for tomorrow and do not rush ahead to the next thing. Enjoy the moment.
Take time to learn everything you can. Most importantly, devote yourself to
learning more about Jesus Christ.
I challenge all of us, no matter how long it has been since
you donned the cap and gown, to think more like a student. As long as the Lord
gives us breath, each of us will be a student. We are always learning new
things about our Lord and His Word. He always has new things to teach us about
what it means to know Him, love Him and serve Him.
Be eager to get into the scriptures and discover the
treasures awaiting those who truly seek after truth and wisdom. And then, share
what you learn with others. Be quick to put into practice the things you learn
from God’s Word. I am grateful to God for His faithfulness toward His children
as He continues to transform us into His image.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but
fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Prov. 1:7