Finding ‘exciting crowd,’ Nintendo at JSU’s BCM, ‘I was hooked’comment (0)
May 3, 2012
By Logan Huggins
My story with Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) starts long before my first steps on campus, way back in high school. In 2008, I graduated from Jacksonville Christian Academy fifth in my class. Although that’s usually an impressive figure, when you realize I graduated from a class size of 20, it loses its punch slightly. As you would expect, social circles in such a limited environment were extremely stifling.
After graduation, I remember praying humbly to the Lord, asking him to show me His glory in this new, unknown world of Jacksonville State University (JSU).
Once school started and I found myself wandering aimlessly across campus (as all bewildered freshmen seem to do), I came across a strange, circular building situated at the main intersection of town. The building I had stumbled across just so happened to be the BCM building — a monument to 1970s architectural design and home to the JSU BCM. Inside, I found not only an exciting crowd of Christian college students but also a Nintendo Entertainment System. Needless to say, I was hooked.
Although I had always imagined what being part of such a thriving body of believers felt like, the reality of BCM blew away all my expectations. Plus, as a long-distance commuter, the BCM building served as the perfect home away from home, a place to recharge my batteries after a long day.
By the following spring semester, I had transitioned into BCM and settled onto a more significant spiritual role. I joined a weekly Bible study group, helped out with worship services and even helped orchestrate a womanless beauty pageant that raised money for student missions. In hindsight, it was clear how God was at work through my first year at BCM. We did food drives, fundraising for missions, as well as hundreds of other things in order to extend His kingdom through the community.
Little bit by little bit, the Lord was carefully crafting this shy little private-schooler into a super extroverted captain of outreach. Throughout that following summer, I and the rest of the BCM outreach team tirelessly poured our heart and soul into the lives of incoming JSU students. Then, as He always does, the Lord blessed our efforts.
Throughout the next few years, the BCM would eventually become one of the fastest growing groups on campus. For example, our regular attendance at JSU’s worship service quadrupled in only two years. We were having record crowds at BCM events left and right. Wherever we looked, God had His hand in our ministry and was transforming the lives of students as well as the entire culture of JSU.
Although it might be possible to write of the hundreds of lives we’ve impacted through BCM student missions trips, intramural teams and other outreach efforts, I seriously believe there wouldn’t be enough paper in the world to fully express the magnitude and beauty of the ministry of JSU BCM.
Editor’s Note — Logan Huggins is a senior majoring in communications at Jacksonville State University and is the current BCM state president.