Harding University

April 8, 2013

Students plan for annual day of service

Harding University will be hosting the seventh annual Bisons for Christ, the university’s annual day of service, Wednesday, April 10. More than 150 student-led projects serving the White County and Little Rock communities will take place.

From working in children’s homes to helping Searcy’s widows, students will provide assistance, encouragement and company to the local community. Harding has been planning for the day of service since January with help from its student administration and the 66-member student-led executive committee.

“I want students to learn that no matter who you are, you have a way to give back,” said Todd Gentry, college and outreach minister at College Church of Christ and co-director of Bisons for Christ. “I love hearing the stories from the students and how somebody’s life was changed. People are always changed by this experience, and that’s what motivates us.”

Senior child life major Austa Walton serves as student director for Bisons for Christ this year.

“There are so many things that excite me about Wednesday and even the whole week, and I have learned that there are lots of needs out there,” Walton said. “I want students to realize the great needs exist in our community on a daily basis and get involved in service all year long.”

While Bisons for Christ is scheduled for only one day, the goal is to encourage students to become proactive about service in the community and realize there are needs everywhere all year long. Some of the projects have even reached the Harding campuses in Italy and Greece.

The theme this year is “Made for This,” which was inspired by the Bible verse Ephesians 2:10.