Orphan Aid Ministry to Visit Gardner-Webb

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University’s Dimensions Program to Spotlight Red Bus Project on April 12

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—A red double-decker bus will roll onto the Gardner-Webb campus on April 12, bringing a mission to educate and engage the University’s students in caring for the world’s 140 million orphaned children.

The Red Bus Project is a student-focused initiative of Show Hope, a nonprofit organization founded by Christian musician and social activist Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth to care for orphans. The bus ministry, which contains a mobile thrift store, visits college and university campuses to raise money and support for trips to aid orphans in countries including China and Haiti.

During the ministry’s visit to Gardner-Webb, Josh Smith, digital experience manager for Show Hope, will speak at the University’s Dimensions program at 9:25 a.m. in the Tucker Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“Students will have the opportunity to go inside and shop in the thrift store following the Dimensions program and throughout the day,” shared Dr. Tracy Jessup, vice president for Christian Life & Service and senior minister to the University. “James 1:27 says, ‘Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.’ It is important to continually remind our students of various ways in which our faith in Christ can be put into action.”

GWU’s Dimensions programs aim to enhance the spiritual, intellectual and cultural life at the University and to promote a sense of community. More information is available by calling the GWU Office of Christian Life & Service at 704-406-4277 or visiting gardner-webb.edu.

Visit redbusproject.org or showhope.org for more information about Show Hope and the Red Bus Project.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 10 days prior to the event. Please call 704-406-4253 or email servicerequests@gardner-webb.edu.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).