MBU welcomes Shaun Groves, rallies to end child poverty

Missouri Baptist University’s quad was overtaken by abstract art Feb. 5-7, an extension of the 2013 MBU Spring Speakers Series aimed at raising awareness about child poverty and slave trafficking.

A collection of cardboard signs, tubes and photos of children living in poverty were scattered throughout the quad as reminders of the injustices of child poverty and slave trafficking, said Jonathan White, campus minister.

Shaun Groves, seven-time Gospel Music Appreciation Dove nominee and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Christian Songwriter of the Year, was the keynote speaker of the three-day event. Groves is a spokesperson for Compassion International.

Speaking over 100 times a year, Groves challenges Christians to take action and fulfill their calling as Christians by fighting injustices in the world, particularly child poverty. Students had the opportunity to sponsor children living in impoverished conditions.

The Speaker Series shed light to truths that are not often discussed.

“Many (students) think God only saved them from sin and hell but God also saves us to his Kingdom work in the now,” said White. “I think the students listened to him carry this out as he told stories and related solid biblical truth.”

Showing pictures of malnourished children and stories of children whose lives were radically improved, Groves shared with students, staff and faculty that they could be the difference. With the informed audience, Groves challenged thataction must be taken, whether by sponsoring a child through Compassion International, fighting slavery or something else.

The movement to end slave trafficking hasbecome a student-led initiative on campus.

In January, the university’s campus ministry group, A Mighty Passion, attended the youth conference, Passion. Hosted in Atlanta, Passion urged students to take action and pledge to take action to end slavery, not ceasing until slavery is purged from the world. With their “in it to end it” pledges, students vowed to raise awareness, donate to the local ministries, contact the government and sign the End it Movement petition for Capital Hill to pass legislation to end slavery.