Last Friday, Oct. 5th, cars lined the driveway behind the Baptist Campus Ministries building for one thing: a free car wash.
BCMers washed vehicles for three hours and did not accept one cent of donations. The service was completely free, as part of Impact Alabama weekend, and the BCM at JSU has been hosting the annual car wash for roughly a decade now.
According to Gary Brittain, Director of the BCM, Impact Alabama is “usually the first weekend in October that our office of collegiate and student ministries for Alabama Baptists sponsors to get college students and high school students out doing
projects in their neighborhoods and sharing the love of Jesus.”
The car wash usually has a large number of respondents, and only one or two people over the years have absolutely
refused to accept the service for free.
“We’ve had to take money once, because this lady would not leave until she gave us money,” said BCM member Amanda Irmiter. “Gary put it in the mission fund.”
Some visitors are skeptical about the car wash being purely a service project, but there really are no strings attached.
“Some people look and they just don’t understand why anybody would do something for free,” Brittain said.
BCM member Brie Junkins said, “When they ask us why, it opens the door for us to tell them about the love of Christ, and that’s why we’re doing it for them.”
Brittain concurs.“Our simple answer, if they ask, ‘Why are you doing this?’ is, ‘Because Jesus loves you.’”