Baptist Student Ministry programs at two West Texas
universities, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas, and Howard Payne
University, Brownwood, Texas, joined together to raise money for future mission
trips during a fun, but challenging, weekend.
The annual BSM Survivor Weekend took place, April 14 – 15,
2014, at the Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment in Brownwood.
BSM survivor teams from both universities were comprised of
fivewomen and five men. The games
consist of a series of challenges completed by HSU and HPU students. The team
winning the most of those challenges is crowned the winning university.
“One of my favorite challenges was eating watermelon,” said Erin
Hagood, one of two HSU freshmen team members. “During a scavenger hunt around
the campground we had to perform tasks at each of several stations. At the last
stop we ate an entire watermelon down to the rind to win!” said the communications
major from Lubbock, Texas. Erin said she was asked to participate, and was glad
to do so because she had heard the games were a lot of fun.
“The most challenging part was doing so many games in a
row,” said John Hunt, Director of HSU Baptist Student Ministries. “We work
really hard to make the games both athletic and
intellectual, so everyone is pretty worn-out by the end of the competition”
Money for HSU’s Baptist Student Ministries is raised
primarily from faculty, staff, and students. Money is donated for specific
items to be taken as supplies. For instance, a sleeping bag is worth a $75
donation and can be taken only if the money is given.
“The hope of Survivor Weekend is that people from all around
the campus will participate and not just BSM folks. This is an opportunity for
students to get to know people from a variety of areas. The survivor games
serve as a fundraiser as well,” said Hunt.
“Hardin-Simmons, won the first three events, lost the fourth,
and won the fifth,” detailed Hagood. “That made HSU the champions.” She added
that students had all of the supplies they really needed and that she is
appreciative of the HSU community for donating $900 to go toward next year’s BSM
Back row -- David Sutherland, Joanna Steed
Second Row -- Nathan Ross, Victoria Cortes, Michael Cruz,
Front Row -- Erin Hagood, Matt Price, Amanda Rector,