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"Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, 'I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.'" John 8:12 NLT


Giving Tuesday is on November 30th. 


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WHY I GIVE.

“The BSU was probably the most important part of my college experience. During my time as a student, I discovered a whole new set of passions, started the journey to discovering the purpose God has given me, developed friendships, and grew in spiritual maturity. The BSU became my family while I was in school. 


I had the pleasure of working as an ACM after graduation for two years, which began my passion for working with students through ministry. Prior to school, I had big plans for what I wanted my life to look like. It looks nothing like I thought it would and I am so glad, because it's so much better. I never imagined I would be working in ministry long term or that I would be finishing a Master's in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling, but my time as a student and on staff at the BSU laid the groundwork for a life I never expected but cherish. 


The BSU gives opportunity for students to find a home away from home, a safe place to uncover who they are as they go through those final years of developing into full fledged grown ups. It also provides a place for conversation, building a community of respect and honor for the amazing things that make each person a unique and beautiful creation of God. The BSU is not just a place to fit in during college, but it is truly a place where students can belong, just as they are. 


I will be forever grateful for the BSU, the leaders, staff, donors, local churches, and students. I would not be the person I am or working in full time ministry without each of them and their contributions to the mission of the BSU. The BSU is truly a light on campus which is only possible through the grace of God and the support of all those who believe in its mission.”


-Diana Sadler, Class of 2011

“My older sister had been heavily involved in the BSU so I knew what a blessing it was to her and that it could be that for me as well. Boy was that true! Having grown up in church I knew the Bible but I found it interesting to experience different speakers and worship styles through the BSU. I also had the opportunity to participate in several Bible studies that deepened my faith as a Christian. During my time at the BSU, I better understood my relationship with God and also how to share my faith with others.  


Even after I left college I still have felt a strong connection to the BSU and all the people I met. I still have many friends from the BSU that I see quite often today. Looking back I feel like my time at the BSU solidified my relationship with God and made me a better Christian. I also think that it made me a more valuable member of my church because of all the ways I learned to serve at the BSU.  


Having been involved with the BSU as a student and also as a board member for the past ten years, I feel the BSU is just as important to the students of today as it was for my class. Today’s students have so many influences of news, information and social media on multiple platforms, and the BSU can be the source of biblically based truth that is so important during this time of life. In talking with current Mizzou BSU students, I see that this ministry is impacting their lives greatly as they engage in fellowship and study.  


It is more important than ever to give to Mizzou BSU!  Our ministry is growing in numbers and in involvement. I do see the BSU as a light of truth on campus.  Our “Help us keep the light on'' campaign is exactly that: with your help we can continue to be the light for current and future students. The BSU relies on individual gifts from many alumni and friends that have been impacted by our ministry over the years. Every gift to the ministry is a blessing and will help maintain our building and programming for years to come. Please consider making a donation to the BSU or becoming a monthly donor. If you have any questions please let me know. Help us keep the light shining!”


-Steven Sapp, Class of 2000

“The BSU helped me discover my personal relationship with Christ more than I ever had before. It also helped me gain a community and realize the importance of living in a community. I now have a better understanding of God’s love and grace for me that I carry into the crazy journey that is adulthood. I also seek out community, which I never did before. I think I had it in my head that since I’m an introvert, I don’t need people, which is just not true. I am a lot more involved in the community aspect of my job and personal life because BSU instilled a sense of community. 


It provides a “rock” for college students to lean on and to learn about their faith. College is a scary place, even for those of us who love adventure. I knew I always had a home and friends at the BSU. It kept me grounded and allowed me to grow at the same time. 


The BSU is helping so many college students on and off campus and beyond. It seemed like when I was in college the BSU always had exactly what I needed. Whether that be a friend, a meal, or coffee. It’s important that both present and future students feel taken care of in the same way. I still support the BSU because they supported me throughout college and I have gained lifelong friendships because of this ministry.”


-Gillian Fox, Class of 2020

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