With the cool fall weather in the air, many students are spending time in the great outdoors. Students at Missouri Baptist University are busy competing in fall sports and enjoying fellowship with other students as we emerge from a pandemic that kept us hidden behind face coverings for more than a year. MBU photojournalists Patrick Griffey and Autumn Heaton captured the faces of MBU Outdoors, Spartan football and Spartan cheer that we have missed while they were hidden under face masks.
MBU’s kicker, Odaine Reid, focuses intently toward the crowd during a football game at Spartan Field during Homecoming. Photo by Autumn Heaton
Have you ever looked up at a big cliff with rock climbers dangling from what looks like threads and thought, “Wow, it really seems like they have life all figured out?” You most likely have not thought that. While I certainly don’t have everything figured out, I have learned a lot of lessons during my time as a rock climber.
The art of rock climbing is very intense and can often be dangerous, requiring several measures of safety. Despite its danger, rocking climbing is an outdoor activity enjoyed by many across cultures and continents.Photo by Luke Little
In the midst of a global pandemic, it is important to have some sort of escape that allows you to get your mind off of things. Rock climbing has become a great way for these students from Missouri Baptist University to get outside and enjoy creation. When they spend time on the rock wall all of the stress from the pandemic goes out the window for a bit.
Missouri Baptist University alum Wesley Smith, from Quincy, Illinois, makes his way to the toughest part of the climb up a vertical rock wall at West Tyson County Park in Eureka, Missouri. Smith, who is currently enrolled at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, was one of several men from MBU to venture out recently for a day of climbing. Photo by Patrick Griffey
MBU’s Service Day encourages giving back to others and helping those who are less fortunate or need to be touched with the love of Christ. The MBU community had the opportunity to spread joy to children in hospitals with Sharing Smiles and express their appreciation for those who served in the military with Operation Gratitude, all while having fellowship with each other.
Photo by Trevor Chaney
MBU’s Service Day in the Quad was attended by faculty, staff and students alike as they competed in games, enjoyed free Raising Cane’s chicken and iced coffee, all while contributing to Operation Gratitude and Sharing Smiles. Click on the photos in the Gallery to see larger images.
Here are some interesting facts about MBU Timeline, the student newsmagazine of Missouri Baptist University, in St. Louis:
*Our mission statement is: MBU Timeline is the student news network of Missouri Baptist University, a private Christian university that embraces the essential core value of “social change through service and leadership.”
*The Bible verse that drives our mission is 2 Timothy 2:15 (Worldwide English Version): “Tell the true message in the right way.”
*The WordPress website has been up since late-fall 2013. We average about 3,000 sessions and about 5,000 pageviews per month.
*Our stories and galleries get as few as 40 or 50 hits, or as many as 8,000 hits.
*We have readers in every state and more than 90 countries around the world. We have several readers in South America, the United Kingdom, India and Australia.
*Most of our readers are in Missouri, followed by Illinois, California and Texas.
*We do not accept advertising as we are a not-for-profit online newsmagazine.
*We welcome contributors from all walks of MBU life, regardless of your major. Reach out to us on Twitter at: @mbutimeline.