Close to 400 new students arrived on Wednesday, Aug. 28 for their first day of college at Cornerstone University.
Throughout the day they moved their belongings into their new rooms, met their roommates, got their MacBooks, a new CU backpack, said goodbye to their parents and were prayed over by President Joe Stowell.
But, on Friday, Aug. 30 they will begin to learn one of Cornerstone’s passions and visions for students to be part of a globally minded and engaged community of Christ-followers.
The students will build and package more than 100,000 meals for Feed My Starving Children, a Christian organization dedicated to eliminating starvation in children throughout the world.
Separated into groups, the students will learn what it is like to go hungry and be asked to give up dinner that night.
“We hope they see right away that CU is a place where we put our faith in action and engage the issues and needs of our world,” said Chip Huber, dean of student engagement. “This is a simple and meaningful way for them to have direct impact on a massive need in our world in the name of Jesus.”
Students will walk away with a greater understanding of the issue of hunger and its impact globally, along with a new belief that they must be part of bringing the Kingdom of God in all its fullness to the lives of people here on earth,” said Huber.
The project is part of Cornerstone’s Terra Firma program that is designed to help incoming students build a firm foundation as a Christian and student.
Terra Firma starts with groups of 12-16 students, an adult leader and a student leader they stick with throughout their first year. The two-credit class is required for all students to graduate and incorporates a service-learning component every other week throughout the freshman year.
“This is a great way to get our students exposure and a hands-on experience providing global engagement,” said Huber. “We want this to be just the first step in the freshmen’s interactions with the peoples and cultures and needs of our world, and we have a lot of fun doing it.”
Students will be building meals with supplies and materials provided by Feed My Starving Children. They will then package the meals and prepare them to be shipped overseas.
For more information about Feed My Starving Children, visit http://www.fmsc.org/aboutus/statement-of-beliefs.