Tabor students begin college career by serving others

For the 13th consecutive year, Tabor College students, staff and faculty served the needs of others as part of New Student Orientation Saturday, Aug. 27.

“Part of being a Christian is leading a life of service and understanding the value of taking care of other people,” said James Fischer, dean of student development.

“As a Christ-centered institution, we’re preparing people for a life of learning, work and service. That’s one of the core components of our mission statement. We want to train students to become servant leaders.”

Several groups of freshmen, resident assistants and faculty advisers traveled to Wichita to work with non-profit organizations, including World Impact Village, Union Rescue Mission and His Helping Hands, a ministry of Central Christian Church.

One site remains anonymous for security issues.

Others traveled to sites in Newton and North Newton: New Jerusalem Missions, Heartland Crisis Pregnancy Center and Mennonite Central Committee.

The MCC office relies mostly on volunteers. Irma Gonzalez, workroom supervisor, said the hours donated by students assembling school kits, cleaning, and tracing and cutting quilt blocks are much appreciated because “it means work gets done.”

In Marion County, students served Main Street Ministries and the City of Hillsboro, both in Hillsboro, and Morning Star Ranch, rural Florence.

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