On this Friday, I just wanted to share a brief, heartwarming story about some of the students at Dallas Baptist University who went out of their way last month to help teenagers from West, Texas, after the devastating fertilizer plant explosion in that town. As this article notes:
On Friday, April 26, a busload of 54 junior high and high school students from West, Texas, traveled to the Dallas Baptist University campus in southeast Dallas for a Disciple Now (DNow) weekend of spiritual renewal, small group interaction, recreational games, and an outpouring of love from college students.
“It was a great opportunity to bring the students away from all that was happening in West and provide a weekend to have fun and remind them that through it all, God is there beside them,” said Chase Thomson, a DBU junior from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The DNow was originally going to be held at the First Baptist Church of West, with DBU students coming to serve as leaders for the weekend through the University’s Encounter ministry. The fertilizer plant explosion that occurred in West on Wednesday, April 17, devastated the entire community and soon prevented the church from being able to host the event for area students. When the Associate Pastor and Youth Minister from First Baptist West, Phil Immicke, called DBU to share that they would not be able to host the youth discipleship weekend, DBU President Dr. Gary Cook prayed about how the University could reach out and help. He soon called the associate pastor back and told him if they were willing, DBU would like to host the weekend on the DBU campus instead.
Read more about this great outpouring of love here.