Anabaptist history comes to life at Know Jesus

Hesston College history instructor John Sharp illustrates a story of early Anabaptist martyrs with help from middle school participants during the Know Jesus event Jan. 31 to Feb. 1.

About 200 middle school students from 16 South Central and Western District conference congregations in Kansas participated in the weekend held on the Hesston College campus. The event focused on teaching students about the Anabaptist heritage. Along with Sharp, other speakers were Hesston College psychology and youth ministry instructor Kevin Wilder and Ron Moyo, Saturday night worship pastor at Whitestone Mennonite Church (Hesston) and a Hesston College Pastoral Ministries graduate. A group from Tabor Mennonite Church (Goessel) served as the worship band.

Student attendees and their sponsors participated in a campus-wide scavenger hunt hosted by Admissions, and interacted with college students during late night activities hosted by Student Life. A highlight of the weekend was the Anabaptist Game, put on by the Hesston College Bible and Ministry Department. The game simulates persecution experiences of early Anabaptists. Attendee Elizabeth Esch said, “I appreciated how they interpreted the stories and made them real for us.”

Photo by Desiree Corona.