March 6, 2014
For Immediate Release
By Kevin Thomas, student news writer
|Victoria Hundley delivers her bucket at the Student
Activities Center. (Campbellsville University Photo by
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Buckets of love from Campbellsville University will soon be raining down on Africa.
Campbellsville University is participating in a campus wide event known as The Bucket Project. The Bucket Project is an initiative to aid Southern Baptist missionaries in Africa in helping persons with HIV/AIDS, cancer, malaria, and other devastating diseases who are in the last stages of their illness.
The buckets, which are packed with items such as latex gloves, multi-vitamins, bedding material and hygienic supplies to comfort and help with cleanliness, are being used in evangelization efforts on the continent of Africa.
The program is a part of Baptist Global Response, an arm of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Baptist Global Response (BGR) is a Southern Baptist disaster relief and community development organization with a heart for helping people in desperate need.
BGR and its partners respond to people with critical needs, whether those needs arise from chronic conditions, like extreme poverty, contaminated water, or endemic hunger, or acute crises, such as natural disaster, personal trauma, or social upheaval.
The Texas Baptist Convention was asked last year by BGR to organize its entities. They shipped over 1,500 buckets to Africa. This year, Kentucky was chosen to help with the aid.
Edwina Rowell, adjunct instructor for the English as a Second Language Institute, will be serving as the area coordinator for the buckets. Rowell said, “I think it’s great, I have a mission’s heart and I’m always ready to help with a project I feel is worthy and this is a worthy cause.”
Rowell has previously served as a missionary for 17 years in the West African countries of Burkina Foso and Nigeria, as well as the Ivory Coast.
Completed buckets and supplies can be dropped off in the Student Activities Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. March 27. Students (and others) may bring their packed buckets to the SAC and receive free pizza that night as well as chapel credit for the students.
On Wednesday, April 9, the buckets will be dedicated in chapel and then placed in vans to be transported to Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown, Ky. Parkway will then take the buckets to First Baptist Church in Murray, Ky. who will send them to port in Virginia to be placed in a sea crate for the voyage to South Africa.
For more information on how you can participate, contact Rowell by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (270) 849-5588. If you would like to know more and for a complete list of supplies needed, go to https://gobgr.org/projects/project_detail/hospice-kits. BGR asks that only the items on the list be purchased for the buckets due to the need and having to be transported through customs.
If you want like to donate money, which will be used for shipping the buckets, send a check (made out to The Bucket Project) to Edwina Rowell at Campbellsville University, UPO 823, 1 University Drive, Campbellsville, Ky. 42718.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.
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