Langston Wesley Foundation seeks funds for sustainability
The Langston University Wesley Foundation is hoping to raise $25,000 to grow the ministry and help it become sustainable.
The “Seeds of Generosity” campaign started on Nov. 19 and will continue through Dec. 31. Rev. Bessie Hamilton, who serves as the campus pastor for the ministry, said investing in campus ministry is an opportunity to invest in future leaders.
“We are creating a pathway to raise up new leaders; we are shaping the mind of young people who could one day impact the world in an amazing way,” Hamilton said. “We have a tremendous opportunity to develop young, talented leaders who could be a part of our conference for years.”
One of the goals of the fundraising campaign is to replace the funds that the ministry has received from New People New Places. The ministry’s NPNP grant is in its third year, which means it cannot be renewed again. Without sustainable funding, Hamilton said some aspects of ministry may become unfeasible.
“We have six interns who help to operate the Wesley Foundation; it would be difficult to keep them in place,” Hamilton said. “We have a weekly worship service where we pay musicians; it would be challenging to continue worship without that assistance. We provide meals and partner with other organizations on various projects; it may create a strain to contribute our part.”
Hamilton said she has seen the impact the foundation’s interns have had first-hand, including serving meals, hosting study groups and creating safe spaces for difficult conversations.
“I do think many of these students are first generation college students... Many of them are working and supporting themselves through college; they need and want to do well,” Hamilton said. “This is a new start with an opportunity to grow into something really special for our conference.”
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