40 Days to Serve

Students Focus on Making Service a Part of Their Lifestyles

By: Hilary Nieland

Students pray with Portland homeless

Winter quarter Week of Worship marks the beginning of this year’s 40-day challenge. The challenge was started four years ago, and each year there is a different focus such as spending at least twenty minutes a day with God or stepping back from an activity that gets in the way of a relationship with God.

Last year students focused on prayer and Campus Ministries provided extra opportunities for prayer throughout campus including the opening of a prayer house called The Living Room. This year’s focus follows the theme of Week of Worship: service. The Associated Students of Walla Walla University has been working with local organizations to provide students with more opportunities to get involved and serve others. The goal is to help students make service a part of their lifestyles, rather than just events that occur once or twice a year.

The 40 Days to Serve challenge will emphasize outreach to homeless people and will include a trip to Portland on Feb. 15-18. Also included in the challenge is the ASWWU fundraising campaign to build wells in Africa to provide fresh water for several communities.

Paddy McCoy, campus chaplain often references the anonymous quote, “My life begins to have a point when I am no longer the point of my life.” McCoy says he hopes students will “be challenged to go deeper in their walk with God.”

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