A group of East Texas Baptist University student-athletes heard about a need facing an elderly Marshall couple and acted upon that need. ETBU baseball, softball, volleyball, and soccer players joined together this past Sunday afternoon with rakes in hand to do much needed yard work at the couple’s home. Health issues have kept the couple from taking care of their yard.
Lady Tiger softball coach Janae Shirley shared that the students were willing to set aside a few hours to do something nice for someone they did not know. “They were not made to do this, they just wanted to help this couple,” Shirley said.
Then last week, the Tiger football team, after raising funds themselves, went to J.H. Moore Elementary School to bless eight children with Christmas gifts. These eight children come from families in need.
Tiger football members on the Moore campus is not an unusual sight. Each week about 20 players volunteer their time to work with the children in the Afterschool Centers for Education (ACE) program.
ACE Site Coordinator LaDarius Carter expressed his thankfulness in a Letter to the Editor in Sunday’s Marshall News Messenger. He wrote, “Coach Joshua Eargle did not want much attention paid to these acts of kindness because his goals were simply; bless some kids in need and to show his team the importance of giving back.”
Right before the Thanksgiving break, ETBU students, faculty, and staff participated in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child ministry. The ETBU community donated 207 Christmas gift boxes for children around the world through Samaritan’s Purse.
Why this giving by the ETBU family to the Marshall community and the world? The giving is motivated by the love that God has shown to world by sending His Son, Jesus Christ.
“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”