Heritage Week pushes students to burst ‘Malone Bubble’

 

“He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Micah 6:8 is the theme verse for this year’s Faith Formation Week – also called “Heritage Week.” Spiritual life directors Stephen Nzishura, senior nursing and Bible major, and Hannah Crabbs, sophomore social work major, feel Malone needs a revival in two key areas—service and missions revolving around justice.

Nzishura shares that local missions is an area lacking on campus and it is his intention to raise awareness and bring attention to how students can get involved.

“As leadership, it is our responsibility to provide opportunities for students to do service,” Nzishura said.

Spiritual Life directors Nzishura and Crabbs stress revival revolving around justice during Heritage Week. (Photo by Kaitie Fox)

Crabbs hopes Heritage Week will break the “Malone Bubble” and stir students’ hearts for Canton—a place, according to her, that students need to show love toward.

“Our job is to know the spiritual pulse on campus and [local missions] is something people aren’t willing to admit they are lacking in,” Crabbs said.

According to Crabbs, the goal for Heritage Week is “for students to know God’s heart for the oppressed, the marginalized and the broken.”

“We have a heart for local inner city ministry because of where Malone is located—a city that really needs God’s light,” Crabbs said.

The name “Heritage Week” refers to getting back to the traditions and the mission of Malone’s founders. This year’s Faith Formation Week will revolve more around action as compared with previous years and that starts with prayer and worship, according to Nzishura.

“We want to be more aggressive in our pursuit of the Lord,” Nzishura said.

Crabbs and Nzishura are not trying to create service or missions but rather open students’ eyes to the opportunities that are already on campus and in Canton that they aren’t aware of. Crabbs encourages students to find where their passions are and identify a need for that in Canton.

“Jesus calls us to love justice and to love mercy,” Nzishura said.

[pullquote]“Jesus calls us to love justice and to love mercy,” Nzishura said.[/pullquote]

Nzishura also referred to Jesus’ teaching of identifying disciples by their fruit and encourages students to get involved in Heritage Week.

Heritage Week starts Nov. 3rd with a day of prayer. Throughout the week, events will include a prayer walk around Canton during First Friday, a solitude retreat, a night of prayer and worship and a panel of people from the Canton community discussing service and justice needs as well as other opportunities.

“We can plan stuff,” Crabbs said, “but [students] have to chase after God in their own lives with their own hearts.”

Steena Hymes is a staff writer for the Aviso AVW.

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