Category: Community

30 Jul 2014 VictoriaHedman

Counting Freedom’s Cost

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Regent University - Forget Me NotThe Fourth of July is a day of commemoration, as well as celebration. It’s the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed, making us a nation separate from England. It is also a day where many take the time to honor and remember those people who have served and died to protect our nation and our freedom as Americans.

Several people in my family have volunteered themselves to military service and have instilled into the younger generations an appreciation for that sacrifice. But as I was reflecting on this holiday that we know as Independence Day, I found myself going a little deeper than the top layer of patriotism, fireworks, and good food and focused instead on a more… spiritual meaning behind the day. Read more

07 Jul 2014 BrianTaylor

Charity Is Love

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Regent University - serviceI’ve spent my entire life with a chronic illness known as Sickle Cell Anemia. I, like my father before me who died when I was only eight years old, have faced many hardships. But God has been very gracious in that He has not allowed me to endure as many other who are like me. My personal trials have included severe leg ulcers that have prevented me from walking for months at a time; chronic joint pain that caused debilitating swelling in my hand as a child, often to three times the normal size; and I also have pulmonary hypertension, medical speak for high blood pressure in my lungs, which makes it difficult to pump oxygen throughout my body. Read more

06 Jun 2014 RyanSmith

Simmer

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Regent University - Virginia BeachIn the summertime, Regent takes on a new personality. Classes slow down and the buzz of student activity dies down to a quiet hum. As the heat outside goes up, it seems life in general has started to cool down.

By the time the school year was coming to an end, most of my peers had already begun buzzing about what they planned to do with their summers. The majority of them were headed back home, setting out to see past friends, work old jobs, and loaf around as much as possible. Others were going out to complete internships – boosting their resumes and gathering new life experiences. Another group chose to leave the country, spending their free months travelling the world and serving the Lord through missions.

I, on the other hand, had opted for a different path. Read more

14 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Day 6

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Regent University - Jana and LaurenWe made the most of our last day of ministry in Richmond. From tutoring in public schools to digging in the dirt, our team had a jam packed day working in the community. Thank you for praying for our team throughout our trip!

Spring: Today I got the opportunity to hang out with some awesome kindergartners at Chimborazo Elementary School. Although considered one of the best schools in the neighborhood, the school still needs assistance. In our classroom, we got to go through reading stations with the kids and bring them to lunch. I had an awesome opportunity during the reading stations to minister to one of the girls named Spring. Read more

06 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Day 5

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Regent University - LaurenWe couldn’t think of a better way to spend Ash Wednesday. We worked with kids, served in houses and ended the evening with a special Ash Wednesday service.

Getting “Wacky:” Today was “Wacky Wednesday” where the students from CHAT get to choose electives such as cooking, sewing, JV basketball, and dancing. Half of our group helped out in these events while the other group of us went to the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club to tutor the younger kids. Read more

05 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Day 4

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Regent University - paintingFrom painting projects, to tearing up carpets, our mission team served local homes and organizations. Towards the end of the day, we threw on our gym clothes and headed to the dodge ball and basketball courts. With a rainbow of foam balls flying, we engaged in an epic dodge ball tournament with a group of local middle schoolers and high schoolers. Read more about our fourth day in Richmond below from Esther and Emily.

The simple acts: This morning we had a devotional with Paul and Anna, two CHAT leaders, and the message was so on point. Paul spoke on the passage of John 15 and how Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. Even though pruning may seem like a hurtful process, it is all out of love. Paul also challenged us to tell God, “I know I’m going to see you today, help me to acknowledge you and see you in all things.” This really encouraged me because, although that may be my prayer many times, I don’t always act upon it. Regent University - activitiesHowever, today while my group cleaned out a house, I remember just scrubbing a toilet and finding the joy in that simple act. I realized that even though it may not seem like much, it is still ministry and it is act of praise. God has been teaching me to find joy in the small things because ministry does not always have to look like a busy schedule or doing big events. Today blessed me so much and I’m looking forward to more adventures tomorrow.

-Esther Acosta

Making Friends: Today was a full, but tiring day. We cleaned a whole rental house, including ripping up carpet, and we also got to hang out with the kids in the neighborhood at the gym. There were a couple of girls there who I wanted to connect with, but I felt intimidated by the year-long interns who already had an established relationship with the students. Regent University - dodge ballI decided to share my fear with our understanding leader, Jason, instead of just internalizing it. He encouraged me to just “go for it” and go up to the girls and say, “Hey, my name Emily and I’m going to be your friend.” I immediately decided that even though I only have a few days left here to develop relationships, “what do I have to lose?” I ended up making friends with these two amazing, loving girls. We had some small talk, played dodge-ball, and laughed about how I couldn’t pronounce their names. One girl hugged me and said she hopes she sees me tomorrow—success.

-Emily Kooiman

04 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Day 3

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“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21

With a blanket of snow covering Richmond, we took the early part of the day to learn more about CHAT’s mission and serve them by completing tasks that will enhance their ministry. Read below to learn more about our experiences serving and residing in Richmond. Read more

03 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Days 1 & 2

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The Regent University Richmond Mission Trip has officially begun. Over the course of the next week, students will facilitate the inner city children programs run by Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT). Regent students will be writing each day about their experiences. Check back on the Out of the Ordinary Student blog for updates. You can also follow the hashtag #RUatRVA on Instagram and Twitter to see live updates from the trip. Please be praying for our team as they serve the Lord and His people this week.

Regent University - Slave Trail WalkArriving in Richmond: Saturday afternoon we arrived in Richmond, unloaded our luggage, and headed straight for the Richmond Slave Trail. I had no idea that Richmond was the second largest city for slave trade and I did not know what to expect when we started the trail. We were told that the slave trail would be a couple hours of walking and it would also be a prayer walk, praying for the city, healing, and particularly race reconciliation. Read more

27 Jan 2014 TonyaJohnson

Willingness to Embrace Change

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Regent University - born againGood things happen when we are willing to embrace change and go with the flow. This is something I know all too well. What is this flow? God’s wonderful, awesome and powerful Holy Spirit.

A couple months ago, I did something that I never thought possible. While completing my culminating internship, I was asked by the principal of the internship site to conduct an assembly for grades 1-8.

In the past, I probably would’ve tried to wiggle my way out of it, but when asked, I accepted the challenge. No sooner than I said yes, he asked, “Do you think you could also do the Teacher’s Devotion and Assembly on Monday? Again, I decided to willingly submit by adding, “Sure. Yes I will do it.”

Afterwards, Mr. Bonifas took the time to give me some pointers about how he conducts the assembly and shared the theme for the week. The lesson I was scheduled to share was taken from John 3:3 about how to be born again.

The morning of the assembly, I was going over my notes in the auditorium when a friendly little girl with a bubbly disposition came over to ask me what I was doing. After sharing what I was about to do, she replied, “What is born again?” I took that as my cue to share a mini version of the lesson. Read more

23 Dec 2013 RudolfKabutz

7 Steps for Planning a Low Carbon Footprint Holiday

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Regent University - Robertson Hall

Living according to the lifestyle of the so-called “developed world” needs the resources of about three worlds to sustain. While our daily routines have a significant impact on the environment, our holidays impact the scarce resources of this world even more. How can we plan holidays with a smaller carbon footprint?

  1. Travel shorter distances to nearby holiday destinations.
    In contrast: traveling to destinations that are far away uses much more jet fuel or petrol, which depletes the limited oil reserves and pollutes the environment.
  2. Choose small, rural accommodations such as private farms or cottages, which might be utilizing more natural sustainable resources.
    In contrast: visiting large holiday resorts or hotels might sound attractive, but these enterprises use huge amounts of energy for building materials, food, water and electricity. Read more