Salutations, one of the 7.046 billion inhabitants of the planet earth! Drake at your service. For many years now, several universities across the nation have been organizing annual days of service commonly known as "The Big Event." And this year, for the first time ever, Mississippi College students came together for their very own take on the nation-wide service movement.
Ladies and gentlemen, MC's first ever The Big Event!
The Big Event at MC was held on January 20 (MLK Day) this year. Students from various clubs and tribes and other campus organizations were sent out into the Jackson-metro area to serve. Locations included the Baptist Children's Village, various area churches, and the Salvation Army, among others.
Indeed, the Big Event was a big success. More than 200 students and faculty participated in the campus-wide service day.
Of course, Big Events do not happened without some big time planning. Senior Dakota Bibbs served as the student mastermind behind all of this service. He's a red-head, so of course I had to put his picture on here:
Early during the first semester, Dakota and his fearless committee (which I was able to serve on) began brainstorming what this service day would look like. Organizations were called and faculty were contacted. Throughout November and December, the Big Event was advertised all over campus (and social media, of course). Finally, the day arrived.
And with the day's successful completion came a very happy Dakota. He probably looked something like this:
One of the many reasons I am thankful for my fellow MC students is their willingness to serve and even to lead in serving. Of course, we serve because we were served first. Jesus Christ gave us an example of service to follow, not that we should seek to be served, but to serve others instead. 1 Peter 4:10, a verse tweeted out by MC's SGA during the Big Event, calls us to service. Thus, I now close with this verse as well as the verses around it:
"The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." -1 Peter 4:7-11
-Drake, Service Advocate, Friend, and Golden Double Stuf Oreo eater