Hannibal-LaGrange University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
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Jerusalem projects take place on a weekly basis at HLGU. Our Jerusalem projects team of students matches college students with the needs of our community. Here are a few examples of the many opportunities:
Hannibal’s Helping Hands
Shortly after moving in, HLGU’s new residential students will serve 18-20 local organizations in various ways including highway trash pick up, carpet cleaning, clerical work, and landscaping. Over 200 students will be involved each year. There is no cost for this mission project.
Retirement Center Ministry
Each week, HLGU students serve local nursing home facilities visiting and ministering to the elderly. We’ve seen that one hour a week can change the whole attitude and perspective of our students who participate and the elderly they serve.
Rake and Run
In November, our students will take a Saturday morning and go around raking leaves for our neighbors. Houses closest to the campus will have their leaves raked at no cost. It’s just our way of saying, we want to be a good neighbor.
A Reputation of Service
Local churches, community organizations, not-for-profit organizations and other community entities know that HLGU provides a service of willing and able students to assist with various needs as they arise in the Hannibal area. Opportunities for community service abound all year!
Most Judea/Samaria projects take place over Christmas and Spring Breaks. Our students have traveled all across the United States, Canada and Mexico providing various services to local churches and mission organizations. Here are a few of the possibilities:
Maymester Missions is the heart of our North American focus. In the past, we have gone to work in major U. S. cities including; Cleveland, OH, Baltimore, MD, Vancouver, Canada and New York City, NY for the entire month of May. Through this process students learn the value of saving, fund raising and most importantly, faith and prayer in preparing for what God has waiting for them on the field.
We are currently working annually with the New York Metro Baptist Association in New York City and have our 2013 trip planned. The vision for Maymester is to send our students to the four corners of the United State during May. Some possibilities at this time include Orlando and Denver.
Ends of the Earth Trips
The Ends of the Earth projects typically take place over the Summer break, however, the Dominican and Haiti projects are usually part of the Spring Break trips. Our students have traveled all across the world providing various services to local churches and mission organizations. Here are a few examples of opportunities:
HLGU students have developed a relationship with HLGU alumnus Ina York who serves as a missionary to the Dominicans. Following York’s speaking engagement at Carroll Missions Week, several HLGU students joined her for a month in her work on the field.
Beyond our Region
Future plans are in place to work with the International Mission Board, Awe Star Ministries and The Pujols Family Foundation to reach toward “the ends of the earth” with the Gospel of our Lord! Working with the IMB through collegiate World Changers allows our students to explore their call to missions in locations throughout the globe including Africa, Greece, the Pacific Rim, South America and more!
More Ministry Opportunities
Disciple - Now Weekends
The HLGU Missions Office enlists and trains various sized teams to serve churches in D-Now weekend efforts. Our students lead worship, small groups, drama, recreation, or whatever the church needs for their youth event. HLGU students who are interested in being part of the D-Now weekends should sign up in the Carroll Missions Center.
HLGU students have traveled throughout MO, IL, and IA to help lead revival services in churches. Our students can serve as preachers, worship leaders, special music, drama, and even nursery workers for your church. If you have a need, we will be glad to find a student that fills your need. Please call the missions office with your request at 573-629-3195.
HLGU can also provide your church with various styles of music. If you are looking for someone to provide special music or to lead worship for a service, call the missions office and we will connect you with a student or students who can do that for you. If you are looking for a group to lead an entire service, we have three ministry teams that could work well for you: Praise Song, and Chamber Choir.
Partnerships: Even More Opportunities
We partner with many organizations. If you are looking for other opportunities, here are some starting points:
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