BATON ROUGE, La. – The spirit of the gospel brings together students form three Louisiana universities, and firefighters and policemen in New York City. About 100 students and staff from the Baptist Collegiate Ministries of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Bossier City will be participating in the Dec. 14-21 ministry trip to sing Christmas carols to NY’s finest heroes.
The students raised their own funding for the trip, and plans to lead Christmas parties at more than 40 fire stations and 40 police stations across the city. They have also prepared “Louisiana Christmas Boxes” filled with a bottle of Tabasco sauce, Mardi Gras beads, pralines and other Louisiana State treats for the brave public servants.
Their mission trip will also include visiting nursing homes, providing food for the homeless and delivering 100 gifts to children in two hospitals. The students will stay at the First Evangelical Free Church in Brooklyn while in New York, where the students’ universities will install two additional showers.
"I love New York City. I've been twice before," said team member Josh Britton, a freshman from Denham Springs, La., "and I'm excited about the chance to go there and share the gospel.
"I think God is really going to do some incredible things, both through us and in us. I'm sure I will have an incredible time in New York with all the friends I've made at the BCM, not only seeing the sights together, but more importantly, sharing Jesus together."
Saying that God "has really given me a passion to share the gospel," Jennifer Fontenot, of Lake Charles, La., noted, "I think New York is a place that is so open to hearing the gospel because of 9/11 and the culture there since 9/11.”
"I think people are searching and to be able to boldly share the news of Jesus Christ with them will be awesome," Fontenot said. "We will be singing Christmas carols to the fire and police departments. I really want them to know how much we appreciate them for their courage and sacrifice. I am really excited to see what God is going to do there."
Chad Ramsey, from West Monroe, La., said he is "looking forward to bringing a taste of Louisiana to the police and firemen of New York in appreciation for what they do and for what they represent. I am excited about singing Christmas carols for the people of New York in celebration of our Savior's birth."
The 2002 trip is an extension of the trip taken last year, when Louisiana Baptist students caroled for the many fire halls and precinct houses that had lost personnel during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
By Paulina C.