To Karla and Stan:

 I just wanted to thank you for your kindness, love, passion and for stepping into the roles you have stepped into with Fairmont State’s BCM.  You took over in one of the most difficult times in its existence and breathed life into it.  It’s thriving today because of your selfless Christian walk and determination to reach lost souls.

When I first started coming to BCM, I didn’t know what to expect.  I had always felt like an outsider, but as soon as I walked through those doors I could feel the love of God pour out of you all.  You were there with me in one of my most trying times and when depression seemed to be an everyday occurrence.  Through your love, prayers, ministry and hugs I started to find a little more joy and happiness and almost a sense of purpose.

BCM gave me a family away from my own.  Someone to love and care for as well as minister to if God allowed.  I will never forget the originals that I came to and still love like Cori, Kendall, Greg, Freddy, Bethany, Sarah, Jared and Joey.

I know I may not be around as much as I was or wish I could be, but I’m always here, praying and thinking about you all.  Though the faces have changed and life has moved on, the mission stays the same and God is in the center.

I hope I get the chance to visit soon and be among Christian brothers and sisters.  But until then I will be praying as much as possible and will be looking for that day when we can hug each other again.  I love you Karla and Stan more than words could express.  You two are truly a blessing in my life and I don’t think I would be as well off now, if you hadn’t been in my life.  Karla knows that the following verse is one of my favorites, so please, both of you, keep fighting the good fight, because you and BCM are Changing Lives!

 

“For I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course and I have kept my faith.  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me, but not to me only, but unto all of them that love is appearing.”

-2 Timothy 4:7-8

Love,

Chris Hays

Baptist Campus Ministries is a ministry of the West Virginia Baptist Convention