Erskine Spring Break Widow's Service Ministry Project

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A dozen students, a dozen widows?

12 Erskine students spent the week of Spring Break ministering to about 12 widows in the Honea Path, SC area doing various yard and house cleaning projects. The week of ministry included having conversation and prayer with the widows in their homes and beginning to build relationships with them that can continue to grow over the course of time.

Campus Ministry at Erskine has partnered with Widow’s Watchman Ministries (Bill and Janae May) of Honea Path, SC to incorporate college students into ministry-service opportunities that attempt to fulfill the ‘true religion’ spoken of in James 1:27. For the week, the guys camped outdoors and the girls camped indoors while the days were filled with work projects and the nights were filled with conversations, devotions and fellowship with one another. Each student was asked to raise $150 to cover the expenses of their meals and to raise support for Widow’s Watchman Ministries. It was a great week of growing together and serving together as we sought to ‘be’ the kind of people we have been created, called and redeemed to be!

Below are some pictures and comments from students who spent the week in ministry…

“God used the week to not only minister to the widow’s hearts and homes, but to minister to our hearts as well!” Sarah Miller, Mooresville, NC

“For me, the week was really about forging relationships with widows and deepening relationship with fellow students. I would definitely do it again!” Kate Charlwood, Columbia, SC

“After using the beastly garden tiller all morning plowing up a flower garden, it was great to have a delicious home cooked meal with the widow and her precious puppy (Pete) in her home!” Caleb Gamble, Anderson, SC

“Seeing the body of Christ during the week, from the Trinity United Methodist Church feeding us breakfast each day, to the different gifts among the students gathered, as well as our adult leaders all showed how diverse the body of Christ is! I was encouraged!” Jennifer Boyd, Anderson, SC

“My job as an intern fulfilling a seminary class requirement, was to work alongside the students and to minister to them while also ministering with them to the widows. It was a great week of ministering together.” Paul Mulner, Erskine College graduate and current RTS-Charlotte student

Tony Locke

Live in Gwinnett, GA next to Lake Lanier Islands. Married with four children. Pastored three churches over 18 years. Spent time serving as an Army Chaplain. Traveled in ministry to over 34 countries. B.A., M.A., M.Div., M.A.T.S., D.Min. BCC with NSC. Covering Georgia and upstate South Carolina

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