Bible Conference is a tradition as old as BJU itself. One of its greatest opportunities is donating to a great cause.
For years, students have been giving the profits of the events and sales they organize to the Bible Conference offering. Some fundraisers, like Johnson Burgers, are legacies. Others, though new—like Tau Delta Chi’s Speed Dating—are quickly becoming popular. This year, students directed more than a dozen activities with the goal of raising funds to support the construction of a student recreation space in The Den. Here are the highlights.
Performance Hall guests burst into laughter during Improv Night—a fundraiser run by theatre arts students. Improv Night hosted friendly competition between three acting teams to discover which was the best at improvisation. The teams were a mix of theatre and non-theatre majors, which led to some interesting scenes.
The guffaws were an incentive to host the event again next year. With a turnout of more than 70 people and $225 raised, it was a huge success.
Campus Feud Gameshow
Faculty and students faced each other on the second game show directed by the Bryan Bears and the Chi Kappa Delta Dragons. For three rounds, five students challenged the faculty team (Jane Smith, Christopher Zydowicz, Jay Bopp, Dr. Dan Olinger and Alan Benson). Following the student team’s defeat, the audience played two rounds. More than 100 people enjoyed the antics of the participants, and a total of $432 was raised.
Donuts and Hot Cocoa
Since his freshman year, Joel Bauman, a Chi Alpha Pi Cavalier, has delighted the student body during Bible Conference with his family’s secret donut recipe. This year, the Cavs and the Theta Mu Theta Bandits joined to serve freshly made donuts and hot cocoa after three evening services. For only $1 each, the donuts were selling like hot … donuts. The combined effort made about $780.
The Tau Delta Chi Kangas repeated last year’s success with a second edition of their Speed Dating fundraiser. Sticking to the tropical theme, about 200 students wore different colored leis to identify their three-minute dates. Cheesecake and chit chat made for a great night and more than $900 was raised.
International Food Festival
The International Student Organization and Missions Advance combined forces for the third International Food Festival. Students from 13 different countries represented their cultures through their food. From Argentina to Turkey to Singapore, 120 guests enjoyed treats from all over the globe. The event raised more than $600.
The society Alpha Omega Delta surpassed all expectations with their bike-a-thon. Using only four bikes, 16 society members took turns riding 223 miles from Greenville to Charleston, South Carolina. Through outside donations, the men of Omega raised a total of $7,000 and expect more to come in.
Donations keep arriving, but none compares in creativity to the student fundraisers during Bible Conference week.
You can also donate to the Bible Conference offering online.