Ministry reaches out to college students

Members of Pathway College Outreach Ministry pose in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris during a recent mission trip. / Photo submitted

By Michaela King
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

   ELON — If you are a high school senior or a college student looking for a place to fellowship, meet new friends and just get away from the stress of class, work and other activities, then check out Pathway College Outreach Ministry. Every Thursday evening, beginning at 7 p.m., a group of people meet at Blakey Hall After School Center, 501 Manning Ave., as an alternative to drugs, alcohol and other temptations students face today.
Pathway College Outreach Ministry, a non-profit organization began on Oct. 7, 2010, after an incident in which a young college student attempted to purchase alcohol as a minor.
“We never intended to start this ministry,” said Santiago Olortegui, executive director of Pathway. “With the rise in alcohol consumption, drug abuse, sexual immorality and suicide in our colleges and universities throughout the United States, it became more apparent that a grounded, Bible-based ministry was needed on campuses.”
Santiago and Jackie Olortegui originally were missionaries to Australia when they had a change in heart after learning how many young adults are being pulled in to the negative influences of this world today. Jackie is vice president of student ministries.
After praying for the necessities they needed to begin this ministry, they were blessed with a building, sponsors and volunteers to help them.
Twin sisters Serena and Regenia Bowman, president and vice president of operations, respectively, met Santiago and Jackie on a missions trip and, after hearing what they wanted to accomplish, they felt a calling to help serve young college students and seniors. They wanted to give them a desire to learn more about the Bible as well as encourage them to follow God.
A meal is served each week from various restaurants in the community. After dinner, a game is played in order to bring people closer together, get to know each other and feel comfortable speaking and opening up to one another. Once the game is over, everyone meets in the living area for a Bible study lesson and a time of prayer. After the lesson, students hang out until they are ready to leave. If you would like more information on Pathway College Outreach Ministry visit www.pathwaycom.org.

 Michaela King is a senior at Burlington Christian Academy and a Teens & Twenties writer.

 

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