By Aubrey Grasz
GCU News Bureau
Many students spend their Saturdays sleeping in, but that wasn’t the case for a group of Grand Canyon University Homeless Ministry student volunteers.
Students, some of whom volunteer weekly with the GCU Homeless Ministry and some of whom were first-time volunteers, ventured out early Saturday to serve the homeless at Phoenix’s St. Vincent de Paul. While the students came from a variety of backgrounds and academic majors, they shared a common desire: to serve others.
For several weeks leading up to the service project, GCU students had the opportunity to donate clothing in bins placed in residence hall lobbies. Volunteers sorted through the donations, folded the clothes and distributed the items to homeless individuals.
After receiving clothes, the homeless individuals were treated to haircuts, a hot lunch and even feet washing.
A handful of student volunteers reflected on John 13:1-17, in which Jesus washed His disciples’ feet and then commanded them to go and wash others’ feet. This special act of service was meaningful and humbling for the students. While washing feet, students were able to connect with the individuals on a personal level, hear their stories and pray for them.
Anders Carlson, a communications student at GCU, helps lead the GCU Homeless Ministry team. He reflected on the service event, saying, “These people are our friends, and we are so grateful to have the chance to love and serve them in the name of Jesus.”
To get involved with the GCU Homeless Ministry, visit the Local Outreach Ministries office in the GCU Student Life Building.