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The start of Evangel’s service day with Convoy of Hope

Published on Aug 20, 2016 by Paul K. Logsdon

Hundreds of new Evangel University students left by bus this morning to volunteer in the Springfield community. This is an annual partnership with Convoy of Hope’s Neighbor’s Helping Neighbor’s program, in the Zone 1 neighborhoods. // PHOTO BY Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Evangel University welcomed 465 new students from around the world yesterday (Friday, Aug. 19, 2016), and today is their traditional community service day, in partnership with Springfield-based Convoy of Hope.

Students are joining forces today with six area churches through Convoy’s “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” program, and are serving in the Zone 1 neighborhoods.

Busloads of students started dispersing from in front of Evangel’s chapel at 11 a.m.

Many students will be working at the Fairbanks Community Center, 1126 N. Broadway. That historic neighborhood elementary school has been converted to a community center, and there is plenty of work still to be done there, according to Russell Gosselin of Convoy.

Teams of Evangel students will also be working at Shady Dell on East Division, Deliverance Temple on West Chestnut Expressway, and approximately 100 new students will be working at the Convoy of Hope warehouse on South Paterson Ave.

In addition, 65 individual projects have been identified in surrounding neighborhoods by Gosselin and his team. Most of those will be exterior in nature — clearing debris, painting, and general neighborhood betterment efforts.

“We are thrilled to once again work with Convoy of Hope to impact the Springfield community,” said Evangel activities director Christy Rowden. “Such service is an important part of the Evangel mission and experience.”

For a detailed schedule of Evangel’s five days of EULaunch, visit: