Campus ministry reunion draws 450 people

Alumni of Kansas-Nebraska campus ministries were challenged to live with an eternal perspective.

“Reconnect with Friends 2013: Making Him Known to Generations” was the theme of a reunion of Kansas-Nebraska Baptist Student Union/Christian Challenge alumni.

More than 450 people attended the reunion held Aug. 2-4 in Overland Park, Kan. It was sponsored by the Friends of Kansas-Nebraska Campus Ministries Association which was organized about four years ago.

The reunion honored campus ministers who retired this year after long careers. Brett and Mary Yohn along with Bob and Sandie Anderson served for 41 years. The Yohns led the Southern Baptist campus ministry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln while the Andersons served at Kansas State University, Manhattan. Anderson and Yohn were named co-directors of the Friends organization.

Monte Johnson was the keynote speaker for the fund-raising banquet held Saturday night, Aug. 3. Johnson played football at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the early 1970s. He was a member of Nebraska’s first two national championship football teams. He was then drafted by the Oakland Raiders and played with them for eight years.

Brett Yohn discipled Johnson for seven-and-a-half years. Johnson and his wife, Phyllis, lived in Lincoln during the off-season when he played for the Raiders. Johnson is now a businessman in Atlanta, where he and his wife have lived since 1983.

Johnson challenged the crowd to live with an eternal perspective. He asked, “What is eternal? The Word of God and the souls of men are the only things that will last forever.”

Alumni were urged to support KNCSB campus ministries through prayer and giving money. They were challenged to donate money to an endowment fund to help support campus ministry personnel and launch new projects.

Pledges made at the fund-raising dinner on Saturday night, Aug. 3, came to slightly less than $200,000. The goal is to raise $2.5 million in the next few years.

Donations may be made:

  • On the Friends of Campus Ministries Association Web site
  • By check made payable to “Friends of CMA Fund.” Mail it to Friends of CMA, P.O. Box 14156, Lenexa, KS 66285.
  • By check to Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists. Make checks out to KNCSB and mail them to 5410 SW 7th St., Topeka, KS 66606.
  • By transfer of stocks and securities - Transfer of stocks and marketable securities may be made to the Friends’ donor-advised fund at the National Christian Foundation Web site. Or you may contact David Sutton, a Friends board member, at (316) 393-7399.