ASU promotes students supporting students
Published: Monday, February 4, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013 23:02
Students at universities everywhere have a tendency to get overwhelmed, and an organization at Southern Miss got its start to help support students when they need a little affirmation.
The Adventist Student Union is a Christian student organization that was formed to provide hope and comfort to students, no matter what they have going on.
Judy Reinshagen, a senior biological sciences major, said the organization is there to provide relief from the stresses of the academic life.
“By providing Christian friendship, spiritual encouragement and healthy food while having uplifting music and practical discussions,” Reinshagen said. “Someone who attends an ASU event is guaranteed to leave with a renewed heart, spirit and mind.”
The group aims to provide students with a foundation in sound doctrine from the Bible and support them as they strive to maintain a relationship with God.
“Especially when there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel,” Reinshagen said.
Promoting a healthy lifestyle is also a key part in this organization. Devotionals are held every Thursday at Danforth Chapel at 7:30 p.m., with refreshments at 7 p.m. Lasting no longer than an hour, these devotionals are titled, “Come AS U Are.”
“We believe all are welcome to come and receive a weekly breath of fresh air through delicious home cooked meals, prayer, Christian fellowship, music and bible study,” Reinshagen said.
Tonight will be the final night of the “Hope for All” seminar, which is a series of nights that will reveal God’s plan for the world and for the lives of His followers. This seminar will be held at Bennett Auditorium at 7 p.m. There will be free food, Christian music, health tips from medical physicians and giveaways.
“Experience, encouraging and practical Christian seminars geared towards university students, Hattiesburg community members and people from surrounding cities,” Reinshagen said. “Everything listed will be free, including childcare and admission.”
ASU plans to continue the seminar with Bible studies and devotionals on Saturdays at 1 p.m. in Honors Hall in the Union beginning this weekend.
“The free food provided is very tasteful and on many occasions is Brazilian influenced,” Reinshagen said. “Plus, there are always delicious vegan and vegetarian options.”
In addition to the devotionals and seminars, ASU is active in community service.
“We sing Christian songs at local nursing homes, assisted living centers and hospitals,” Reinshagen said.”
The group also volunteers at local food pantries. Anyone is welcome to get involved. Email Judy Reinshagen at email@example.com or attend a devotional and/or seminar to receive more information.