Wondering what the heck we're talking about when we say "Bryan Outreach"?
That's our fault... let us explain.
Bryan Outreach is a precious ministry of students at Texas A&M that has been ongoing for many years. Situated in a very low-income area of Bryan, Texas, Bryan Outreach is held at a housing complex full of young families. RUF students have elected to come along side the members of Westminster Prebyterian Church (located in Bryan) in ministering to the families at Bryan Outreach.
Every Friday afternoon, RUF students arrive at Bryan Outreach to be met by sometimes as many as two dozen kids who are eager to play. The kids at Bryan Outreach are amazing and tons of fun. We play with the kids for about an hour, teach a short Bible story, and then give them snacks. This is a great opportunity for us to share the love of Christ through relationship building and mentoring opportunities.
If the Bryan Outreach ministry sounds like something you might be interested in, please don't hesitate to contact Beth Hailey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Hear what a few students have to say about their involvement with Bryan Outreach:
"I see Bryan Outreach as a weekly mission opportunity that provides the RUF community with a chance to create playful (yet meaningful) fellowship with children who live in a low-income area. The time spent with the kids is action-packed, and it is an incredible experience to be able to play in the sunlight while rejoicing in The Lord who caused the sunlight to be. We play games, sing songs, read a Bible story, participate in countless piggy-back rides, and somewhere between all of these activities, we form a fellowship that breeds joy. There is probably no way to measure the impact we are making, but I know with God's help, we are doing just that, and I encourage anyone and everyone to come out and join in on the fun! " — Camarie Keisoff, junior
"My involvement in Bryan Outreach has been one that has stretched me. When I went for the first time, it was a little uncomfortable. It is a different thing to go play with random kids at a park. Whether you play sports or games with the kids, it brings joy to see them having fun. We pray that we set a Godly example by having time to hang out with them and sharing stories from the Bible." — Mark Benoit, graduate student
"When I first went to Bryan Outreach, I wasn't really sure what to expect. But the overwhelmingly excited welcome I received from the kids was so unexpected and amazing. Watching all these kids sing and dance along to worship songs was one of the most uplifting things I experienced all semester." —Emma Smith, sophomore