Appreciating our roots

Who doesn’t love saving lives? Especially when there’s pizza involved. Well, at Bethel one of the ways that we show our appreciation for our fellow man is by showing up to donate blood. It must be hardwired into our Mennonite DNA (don’t worry, if you’re non-Mennonite you too can develop a deep appreciation for volunteering) to do what we can to make the world a better place, and one of those ways is by having a blood drive. Who doesn’t love having Vietnamese food? Not the International club. They took a trip down to Wichita to eat at a delicious Viet restaurant and experience multiculturalism through their stomachs. It was rightly glorious. What do these two paragraphs have in common? They happened within a few days of each other, and both are representative of Bethel’s Mennonite heritage. Because if we as Mennonites don’t win you over with our sincere appreciation of others and the value of human life, we’ll convince you through your stomach with the cooking of some of our members. Are you a non-Mennonite? Well, just come on over to a fellowship meal after a church service at a Mennonite church to engage yourself in this fantastic sort of cross-cultural experience. And you didn’t think that town life in south-central Kansas could be such a revelation now, did you?