Serve Day 2011: Be Known By Love

It's amazing how much you can accomplish in one day.

On Wednesday, Sept. 7, about 1,700 students and staff from George Fox descended on the Portland area with one agenda: serve. That translated into shoveling barkdust, trimming blackberry bushes, painting murals, helping someone move, visiting the elderly, offering technical expertise, playing with kids, and more.

Each year, the university's Newberg campus shuts down for one day, closing offices and canceling classes, so students and staff teams can reach out to the surrounding communities to perform numerous acts of service. This year, about 100 sites were served throughout Yamhill, Multnomah, Marion, Clackamas and Washington counties. Among those assisted were nine schools, six elderly care facilities, 13 churches and 35 homes.

All told, volunteers provided about 10,000 hours of service.

This year's theme, "Be Known by Love," was based on John 13:34-35: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

Ultimately, the story of the university's 13th annual Serve Day is best told through the volunteers and the people they assisted. Check out some of the testimonials from the day and engage in the coversation by visiting the George Fox Serve Day page: