Normally, a posting to Tiger Pride is about something good that has happened to either a current student or an alumnus of East Texas Baptist University. This posting is not about a person but about the various buildings that make up the physical foot print of the university. The entire campus has been used for the good of the kingdom of God over the past two months.
While students have been away for the summer, residential halls, athletic fields, and buildings, like the Ornelas Student Center, Dean Healthplex, and Bennett Student Commons, have seen many walk through their doors or stepped on the grass by outside groups. These outside groups needed a place to hold their camps. The beautiful ETBU campus was a perfect place to accommodate their needs.
Did you know that nearly 2,000 campers stayed on campus during the months of June and July during week long camps? The campers came from all over the region. Some of the camps were week-long youth camps designed to challenge and encourage teenagers to be bold in their witness for Christ. Other camps like Debate and Cheer camps helped students to improve their skills of debating or cheering.
The ETREYS (East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar) camp organized by the nine East Texas Electric Cooperatives brought high school sophomores and juniors on campus to foster positive ideas among the attendees and to enhance skills in leadership, problem-solving and interpersonal relationships.
The Central Texas area U.M. ARMY, United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission By Youth was in town for a week of roofing, painting and providing the labor for other types of repairs for various homes as a ministry. First Methodist in downtown Marshall provided space for the youth to rest each night but shower facilities needed to be increased to handle the large group. ETBU let the water flow as it opened shower facilities in the Dean Healthplex for use.
A Tiger Pride high five to the facilities as well as the ETBU support staff that helped each group this summer have a great experience during their time at One Tiger Drive.
God has provided a place on Van Zandt Hill, which is the highest elevation in Harrison County, for ETBU to be a light to the world.