Students return service to church in need

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At Emmanuel Baptist, 15 students from the Baptist Student Ministry devoted a part of their weekend to help a church in need. With brushes in hand, and enough paint to go around, the students gave the church nursery a new paint job.

“Emmanuel’s one of the churches that comes out and provides lunches for the BSM, and so just to get out and do simple things like paint a room for them, just to show our thanks for them is huge for everything they do for us,” Kevin Paniagua, junior in exercise physiology, said.

The nursery room, intended for one to three year old’s, needed painting as the once white walls turned yellow.

“It’s just so crucial that that part of the church the nursery be so welcoming to the parents and to people. So it’s one of the most important rooms in the building,” Emmanuel Baptist Church pastor, Bill Pursley said.

Although painting supplies were limited, students still found a way to provide service to the church.

“Well I think it’s awesome because even though we have never done this kind of thing before. They have always been there to help us. Now it’s our turn to learn to give back and to be good partners,” Rebeca Acuna, sophomore in Nursing, said.

Ashley Mims, senior in social work, says she wouldn’t spend here weekend any other way.

“It’s my favorite chore, it’s so much fun and it’s relaxing. To paint, friends, all of it, there’s no reason not to come,” Mims said.

Community outreach leader Emma Kate Winkles says the best part about all of it is

“Basically just serving with my friends, seeing them work together and seeing what we accomplished today,” Winkles, sophomore in Education said.

Winkles says this is just the first of many ways BSM will give back to the community.

“The blessing of all this today is the fact that they are giving back to the church that’s helping give to them and that’s a real blessing,” Pursley said.