Fun At The Mennonite Convention
More than 4,300 children, youth and adults from across the United States gathered for the biennial Mennonite convention in Phoenix July 1 - 5.
Bethel College invited the public to visit their booth, part of the larger Mennonite Education Agency area in the exhibit hall.
Throughout the week, Bethel will invited youth to find a life-size replica of a threshing stone somewhere in the convention center, read fun facts about the college on a banner next to it, fill out a trivia card and return to the booth for a giveaway. At the end of the week, Bethel selected one young person to choose a good cause or agency to receive a $500 donation from the college.
Alumni and friends gathered at the booth, as well. Anyone who stopped by visited with others while enveloped in hundreds of colorful balls in a six-by-six-foot “friendship pit,” chatted with student and staff representatives as they lounge in bean bag chairs, watch student-made videos that won Bubbert Awards, and respond to quirky questions posted on a large chalkboard.