Rev. Paul Patrick & Kara Rabon
Erskine College RUF Campus Minister
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and
widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
As the campus minister at Erskine College, my great privilege is to work with college students
for the purpose of “reaching students for Christ and equipping students to serve.”
In an effort to equip students to serve, we’ve partnered annually over spring break with Widows’
Watchman Ministries, led by Bill May who is a member at Christ Reformed ARP Church in
Anderson, SC. This has been a great way to expose students to the duty and privilege of
serving others, in the name of Christ, and as true religion.
Below is an excerpt of an article written by freshman Kara Rabon who participated in our most
recent spring break ministry to widows. I’ll let her speak for herself about the experience!
Students find joy in service during spring break
Posted on Erskine News, April 23, 2018
The week of Erskine’s spring break consisted of lots of quality time with fellow students around
a campfire in the cold mornings and evenings, as well as quality meals and wonderful
fellowship, all while ministering to and being ministered to by widows in profound and simple
One of the women with whom I spent the most time was Mrs. Deborah Cade. As a few of our
guys repaired a water damaged floor that prohibited use of the Cades’ master bedroom, Mrs.
Cade shared with us her powerful testimony of a lost life being found in Christ. She told us how
she and her husband formed their ministry and how she experienced her calling. She described
the ministry that she and her husband (Richard) ran together as a rewarding and fulfilling
purpose for their lives.
Mr. Cade recently suffered a stroke that left him without speech or mobility. Erskine students
had the privilege of seeing them as husband and wife interact gracefully in the challenging state
that they now live in. Her patience with him was remarkable, while he never stopped making
her laugh and smile! They taught me what it looks like to have a beautiful, self-sacrificing
marriage that reflects the love of Christ. They also taught me what it looks like to be content and
joyful in a difficult situation. The fact that Mrs. Cade was not bitter or resentful about this sudden
life change, but rather content in their trying situation, was encouraging to witness!
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to
do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
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