69TH ANNUAL NATIONAL BAPTIST STUDENT UNION RETREAT
submitted by: Janice' Taylor, Assistant Treasurer, Baptist Student Union
Twenty-three members of the SHSU Baptist Student Union attended the 69th Annual National Baptist Student Union Retreat held at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, Florida. This retreat always provides participants a great opportunity for fellowship, worship, renewal, and enlightening offering time away from the stresses of college life and an occasion to refocus on Jesus Christ.
In 1971, seven co-ed students got together in Smith-Kirkley Hall to form a group of students dedicated to worship God through song, to uplift and edify the body of Christ as well as unite students of all kinds on the campus of Sam Houston State University. Since then, the Soul Lifters Gospel Choir, a Sam Houston State University organization, has since become the oldest collegiate choir in the state of Texas and has helped hundreds of souls get closer to Christ and help unite the student body.
Throughout this past year, Soul Lifters participated in various on campus events such as: The Annual Tree of Light Ceremony, The Candle Light Vigil held for Mrs. Rosa Parks, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, and the soldiers affected by the shooting at Fort Hood, The Annual Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the Theta Rho Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, the LSC Open House Christmas Reception, the investiture of President Dr. Dana Gibson, The 2nd Annual Pan-Hellenic Legacy Gala, Raven’s Call Memorial Service as well as numerous other spiritual, cultural and political events. Soul Lifters are a passionate and committed group of young people honored to serve the Lord Jesus Christ as well as represent SHSU with excellence and true orange pride!
During the 18-hour drive, new and strong bonds of friendship were built. The choir members sang during the first few hours of the trip until everyone fell asleep. Over the course of the weekend, the first learning experience consisted of learning different songs of praise during the mass choir rehearsal. This activity helps everyone unite with other choirs from various states across the United States. Members also attended seminars covering college related issues such as, finding healthy relationships, ministering to other college students, and ministering through song, etc. On the last day of the retreat a formal banquet was held, in which the current National Baptist Student Union President spoke about his term as President, his life story, and his Christian guidance through this organization. Shortly after the banquet, the singing competition began. A final service was held, which gave everyone an opportunity to say goodbye to new friends who live in other parts of the country. Back