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Baptist Global Response Leader Thanks Mississippi College Business Students


Jeff Palmer, CEO of Nashville-based Baptist Global Response, visited the Mississippi College School of Business on January. 24. He visited to accept a check for more than $3,000 to benefit BGR initiatives. Students from six MC School of Business student organizations raised the cash in December. Led by professor Billy Morehead, the Accounting Society raised the most money.

Baptist Global Response leaders have a heart for helping people in desperate need around the globe. At the same time, they seek to show the love of God.

Mississippi College business students recently raised $3,490 to benefit that cause. Their strong support impressed Jeff Palmer, the organization’s chief executive. He visited the Clinton campus in late January to express his thanks.

“It is refreshing to see college students and faculty, like those at Mississippi College, care enough to do something about a world in need” Palmer said. “I am touched by the generosity exhibited in this gift that will help make a difference in the lives of so many around the world.”

After his stop at the MC School of Business, he’s hopeful their actions will spark others to get involved. “I hope their actions encourage others of their generation to care and make a difference.”

In December, School of Business student organizations worked hard to raise money to benefit Baptist Global Response initiatives.

The Nashville-based organization partners with the International Mission Board, Baptist churches and other groups. The nonprofit responds to disasters around the planet, such as the devastating floods and landslides in Indonesia. The 2019 disaster killed at least 68 people on the island of Sulawesi, while nearly 7,000 relocated to emergency shelters, according to January 27 media reports.

Just a couple of days earlier, Palmer thanked students with the Accounting Society, entrepreneurship groups and other organizations at the Baptist-affiliated university.

The Accounting Society beat out five other groups by raising the most money. But Palmer believes every business student taking part deserves to be commended.

What’s next for School of Business students in 2019?

“The club officers are meeting to decide how we can continue to serve as the heart, hands and feet of Christ in our community, state and around the world,” says accounting professor Billy Morehead. “Discussions have included projects related to human trafficking, disaster recovery, working with local schools, the (BGR) farm project and others.”

The money raised at Mississippi College helps needy families abroad establish farms to provide them with food. The Baptist Global Response project also gives them the resources to create their own income.

“We saw this as a natural way to promote entrepreneurship, micro-finance and provide aid all wrapped up into one,” Morehead said. “It is a natural fit for the MC School of Business.”