Wesley provides encouragement through fellowship


By Lori Johnston
Special to the Advocate

The Wesley Foundation at Southern Mississippi is far more than just another student organization. To us Golden Eagles, it is a home away from home.

It is a place to come and meet with other Christian students and receive encouragement and accountability in a college environment that all too often strives to pull us away from the values and truths instilled in us by our faith. Through weekly worship services, free lunch on Thursdays, monthly activity nights, special events and even simply lounging in the TV room between classes, students have the opportunity to build relationships with each other, but more importantly, to strengthen relationships with their Father.

My personal favorite activity held at Wesley is our Coffee House. Once a semester, we transform our fellowship hall into a venue for student artists, musicians, singers and poets. Coffee House is one way we attempt to pull in outside students and to fellowship with present Wesleyans over coffee, sweet treats and entertainment. We bring down couches from upstairs, light candles; the whole nine yards. It’s always a special night. 

For me, if a church is made by the people who call themselves members, then Wesley is my true church (No offense St. Marks, I love y’all too!). This is where I come to be encouraged and to progress deeper into my spiritual walk.

Although I still have two years remaining here, I already know that the relationships I have built during my time here at Wesley will last far beyond the perimeter of this campus, and the benefits I have reaped from the spiritual environment here will last a lifetime. I look forward with great anticipation to the next two years and all that will be accomplished for God’s Kingdom during that time.

Johnston of Brandon is a student intern for Wesley Foundation at the University of Southern Mississippi.