February 7th, 2018

Mid Week Musing: UKirk


According to its mission statement, UKirk Ministry at Virginia Tech aspires to provide opportunities for “mission activities, locally and globally.” For decades, students have traveled widely, to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, and Haiti.  They have traveled to New York City, Washington, Atlanta, Bay St Louis, Louisville, and New Orleans. And they have traveled to many places in our home state:  Richmond, southwest Virginia coal mining towns, Prince Edward County where public schools were closed to avoid integration, and Jonesville in Lee County.  They have served, advocated, lobbied, studied, discerned, worked, restored, and tried to be the hands of Jesus in the world.

Twenty years ago, the first chili cook-off was held to raise funds for these trips, which are a highlight of the campus ministry year for many students. In those twenty years, we have tasted many kinds of chili, some of which have won awards for “Spiciest”, “Most Original”, or “Champion”.  We have consumed untold pans of cornbread and enjoyed countless homemade desserts.  We have played trivia games and bid on silent auction items.  We have met students and members from the other congregations who labor in this mission field with us.


Please join us on February 11 at 5:30 pm, as we celebrate 20 years of doing mission together.  Bring your taste buds, your checkbook, and your heart for serving our Lord Jesus Christ, as we send our students out once again to do his work in the world.

Suzanne Sanford

Scripture Reading for the Week
2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9