BCM Moves to an Online Format
Baptist Campus Ministries continues to "change lives that change the world." However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have been forced to do this digitally.
As the coronavirus made its way into West Virginia, universities responded by promptly shutting down campuses and moving all classes to an online format. Shortly before West Virginia University made their announcement, WVU's BCM leadership team was weighing the decision of continuing with their planned mission trip to Puerto Rico or cancelling it. Once the university president made a statement requesting that all student organizations cancel their travel plans, that made their decision final. As other campuses made similar decisions, our BCM associates were then forced to consider other ways of ministering to their students.
With the help of technology (Zoom and GoToMeeting), each of our campuses have been able to continue their weekly meetings, with students on several campuses also continuing to lead their iTeams. While in-person fellowship is greatly missed, this virtual meeting still provides students with the opportunity to meet, share prayer concerns, and worship with one another. As you can imagine, the change in routine, especially for graduating seniors, has had a major impact on all of our students.
We are thankful for our BCM staff and associates who continue to look for ways to invest in the lives of students. Many of them are not used to meeting in a virtual format, but they are committed to discipling these students in whatever way they can.
Please join us in praying for these associates as they invest their evenings in virtual discipleship. Pray also for the students, asking that God use them to minister in their own families and communities.
The COVID-19 virus has certainly brought great challenges, but it has also brought great opportunity. Maybe this is God's way, this semester, of using BCM to "change lives that change the world."