Lynchburg, VA (PRWEB) January 12, 2013
This week, 43 Liberty University undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff from the Center for Ministry Training rolled up their sleeves and put the love of Jesus into action as they provided relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation.
Liberty’s CMT team partnered with the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia and the North American Mission Board on the trip to Staten Island, N.Y. In September 2011, more than 300 Liberty students provided disaster relief to flood victims in New York — the first time SBCV had asked a college group to help.
“It’s really neat to see people really being the hands and feet of the body of Christ,” senior Caleb Serafini said.
Serafini, a business/marketing major from Maryland, joined the team in rebuilding homes destroyed by the storm.
The group split up into five teams who worked together to help gut water-damaged houses, power wash mold and debris, and spray mold-killing chemicals all over the site. Within four to six weeks of this process, homeowners are able to begin reconstruction.
“It is great to be able to build relationships with the families who were affected by (Hurricane Sandy),” said junior Greg Weaver, a worship major from Texas. “Many of them are not believers. In this instance, we get to show the love of Christ in not only our words, but by our actions.”
The team also assisted the Red Cross in making meals and distributing food for those affected by the hurricane.
“We are extremely thankful to Liberty for creating this opportunity,” said Tim Moroz, administrative assistant for CMT, who added there was a large response of students wanting to sign up. Liberty funded the trip, allowing them to participate at no cost.
The Center for Ministry Training is the practical arm of Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. It serves as a hub for recruiting, training, and sending pastors, church planters, and missionaries out to impact the world for Jesus Christ.
Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Va., is the world’s largest Christian university. Nearly 100,000 students attend classes on its 6,800-acre residential campus and study in its thriving online education program.