Bethany College President Will Jones, demonstrated a powerful message about hospitality at the college’s opening convocation by washing the feet of a student.

In his address to students, faculty and staff, President Jones stated he wanted his actions to speak louder than his words, when he washed the feet of Alexis Baeza, a freshman from Salina, Kansas. He challenged those at the convocation to join him in making a public statement about their willingness to serve others and show hospitality.

At the close of the convocation, students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to gather in the two fountains outside of the college library to wash the feet of another. “Let’s tell the wider world that Bethany College is sharing genuine care, grace, and generosity that is represented by the college’s core value of hospitality,” President Jones said in his challenge to campus.

“Being hospitable will require us to generously share love with one another and with all of those who come in contact with us,” he said. “In the Gospel of Luke chapter 10, Jesus summarizes all of the law into two concepts: love God and love people.”

Bethany College is celebrating an increase of 7 percent total full-time student enrollment for fall semester 2018. At the start of classes, 759 full-time students are enrolled. The college also recently announced the largest freshmen and transfer student groups in its history. Since the fall of 2016, the college’s full-time enrollment has increased more than 24 percent.