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Our Fall Semester Coin Wars challenge mission giving benefits the people of Haiti. The disaster of Hurrican Matthew continues to reverberate to this day.
Our Coin Wars challenge raised more than $200 during the Fall Semester. Through consultation with former ACT'er and Haiti missionary Dave Warner, we have elected to give the entirety of our funds to the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission and specifically to long term missionaries Jose and Jody Castillo. If you would like to give to this effort, CLICK HERE for details.
Once again Haiti is in the midst of a disaster. There are moments we witness when we must act. This is one of those moments. Category 4 storm Hurricane Matthew carved a path of destruction through Haiti killing more than 1,000 people with more than 60,000 people displaced. In all, more than 14 million people are in need of urgent assistance. In addition there are warnings the aftermath could worsen the nation’s cholera epidemic which killed at least 10,000 people after the 2010 earthquake. The Category 4 storm brought 107 mph (172 km/h) winds, torrential rainfall, and floods to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, wiping out entire villages.
We cannot stand by as an entire country suffers from another devastating, deadly natural disaster. Our belief is that helping end a big problem begins with everyone helping in their own way. It is an awesome responsibility and that is our goal with "Coin Wars." It is the males versus the females as we raise funds to do our part in helping some of the poorest people on earth. We will continue collecting funds through December 9. All funds will go toward relief efforts.
So, what is "Coin Wars?" We had two jars in front of the fireplace. One jar was labeled "Guys" and the other "Girls." Every coin placed in a jar was considered "positive." So, 100 pennies is $1.00. However, if a dollar was placed in a jar, that was considered a negative - so $1 bill equals negative $1.00. In other words, a jar with 100 pennies and a dollar bill in it equals exactly ZERO!
Our men won the challenge by a rather substantial amount. In our Help Haiti challenge, the losers are creating a scavenger hunt for the winners. The scavenger hunt will be held on one of our Friday night events during Spring Semester.
Active Christians Today (ACT) is a campus ministry on the campuses of the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University. Since the early 1970's when we were founded until today, we have been focused on bringing the message of Jesus to UT and BG.
We are a non-denominational Christian community that encourages and challenges students to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. We have weekly worship services, Bible studies, small groups meetings, retreats, cookouts and parties, ministry teams, mission trips, as well as other events throughout the year.
We would love for you to join our community of faith!
We had a wonderful time together at the Active Christians Today Annual Celebration at Garden Park Church! We were blessed with great fellowship, great food, reports from our campus staff, students and sharing memories and the history of Active Christians Today with our alumni. A silent auction was held to raise funds for ACT and we heard reports and testimonies from each of our campus staff. This is truly a historic time for ACT as all of our current staff are alumni of Active Christians Today. Don Williams discussed his history as a student at the University of Toledo and how ACT students reached out to him as an unbeliever. Scott Weaver talked about how he was searching for a Christian group that was grounded in the Word and found it in ACT. Michelle Williams discussed her campus experience and the series of events that eventually led her to ACT. God has blessed us tremendously!
ACT UT joined with ACT BG for a weekend in the country! Our theme was "Fruitful" as we learned what it meant to be rooted, grounded and fruitful in our lives. We faced torrential downpours from before dawn on Saturday until late afternoon but it didn't dampen our spirits! We enjoyed lunch at a very empty Oak Openings Park along with volleyball in the rain. Sunday morning we worshiped with Delta Church of Christ. Great music, great fellowship, great study and a great God watching over us all!
Active Christians Today at Bowling Green State University and at the University of Toledo has had a busy Fall Semester! From Bible Studies to a Messy Twister Night and Fall Fun at the Wheeler Farms Corn Maze, here are some photographic highlights of what we have been doing.
Pack the Prout! It's 8 PM Wednesday night at Prout Chapel on the Bowling Green State University campus. We are celebrating the ministry of Campus Pastor Dave Warner and Vicki Warner. When Dave started over 20 years ago the first ACT BG meeting had very few students involved. So, we hope to end his ministry by packing Prout Chapel. Show your support and help us make it happen! Rides for students at ACT UT will be available from the ACT UT campus house at 7 PM for worship at 8 PM in Bowling Green (please RSVP in advance). Following worship there will be a takeover of the Waffle House in BG. Let's Pack the Prout!
The ACT BG and UT men gathered last Saturday to prepare a dinner for the ACT ladies. The "Chivalry Dinner" included everything from the ambiance of the room, table settings, menu, music and preparing and cooking the dinner. The Chivalry Dinner was a way to show our appreciation for the ladies of ACT. It was a wonderful night of great food, fellowship, laughter and fun.
It was truly an inspiring week serving with the ACT BG / UT mission team in and around West Palm Beach, Florida. It was a busy week: serving in a soup kitchen, participating in a children's after school program and helping in a huge food distribution project sounds like a lot but there was so much more. The team also led in worship on Sunday, cleaned out a warehouse, directed a youth program on Friday and found more unusual places for ministry including an evening festival in West Palm Beach. God blessed in amazing ways and we thank everyone for their support of ACT! Watch this video to get an idea of all that happened from the student's perspective.