preparing vehicles for the long road home (a fridea)

This spring, after the annual “pollen plague” hit their region of South Carolina, the Campus Ministries at Anderson University offered a campus-wide car wash – and apparently this small act of much-needed charity went over really well.

Your campus may not have a preposterous plethora of pollen spores (although if you do, then there’s a bonus Fridea!). But this project reminded me of a service that will almost definitely apply to your school as the semester winds down.

That Fridea? Offer automobile “check-ups” for students who have to drive a long way to get home.

I’ve seen groups do this; in the example I’m remembering, I think a bunch of guys did this for any girl who wanted it. But it could easily apply to anybody’s car.

Fluid levels, oil check, battery check (if you have that device), air filter… I don’t know how far you’d want to take this, but some of that is pretty easy. And even the stuff that isn’t easy might be an awesome way for certain guys (or ladies!) in your ministry to use their specific knowledge and skills to serve others in a way that is truly important.

Easy enough, right? But it’s also easy to envision a line of cars stretching back a ways… students waiting happily for your extra service… your ministry making some great friends during Finals Week or as students head out of town.

Thanks to my dad, Mark Hines, for letting me know about the Anderson University project!

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