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Day of Service Reaches Local Community

| November 10, 2011

Repair work during the Day of Service.
Photo by Patrick Wright

After kicking off the Global Week of Worship on Monday, approximately 60 Regent University faculty, staff and students represented the university during the Global Day of Service. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Regent sent a group of volunteers to Union Mission in downtown Norfolk, Va., and a second group to Afton Place in Portsmouth.

"This is what Regent should be about," said Brett Coates, Regent's director of church relations and organizer of the day's activities. "We need to be not only be receiving a Christ-centered education, but we need to be sharing the love of Christ by showing the love of Christ."

At the Union Mission, volunteers helped to prepare food for the holidays and assisted with maintenance needs. At Afton Place groups cleaned up a local skate park, served local homeowners who needed assistance, and did construction work at the Hope House, a facility that houses 11 mentally challenged individuals.

"I want to thank those of you who went to either Union Mission or Afton Place to participate in the Global Day of Service," wrote the Rev. Roger Cheeks, director of community life, in an email the day after the event. "Your commitment to wipe and shelve can goods, trim hedges, rake yards, work with dry wall and joint compound, bag leaves, etc. was a tremendous indication of servant leadership."

"We accomplished so much in such a short time," said Chris Decker, University Marketing's art director. "It was a great feeling to be able to bless an organization that has been a blessing to so many in need. Our group did in two hours what it would've taken days for someone working alone." Decker was part of the group that worked at Union Mission.

One of the groups that worked with Afton Place was sent to Jamita Smith's home to rake leaves and patch a hole in the wall. "With three little children, it's hard to keep up with all the yard work," Smith said. "It really means a lot to have you [Regent helpers] here today."

"Many of our neighbors here are elderly or single moms, and they either don't have time or aren't well enough to do yard work and home maintenance," explained José Morelos, director of Life Mission, Point Harbor Community Church in Chesapeake, which operates Afton Place Ministry. "We look for the needs and we work to meet them. It's wonderful that Regent people are here to support us.

Regent's online community was also able to participate in the Day of Service by donating to Operation Blessing International.

Regent's Global Week of Worship continues with days of prayer and worship.

Learn more about the Global Week of Worship.

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Mindy Hughes, Public Relations

Phone: 757.352.4095 Fax: 757.352.4888

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