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Invasion Ministries solicit students outside of Rand

VUPD escorted solicitors away from Rand after they approached students to ask for donations.
Laura Vaughan
Students sit in Fleming Yard, as photographed on Nov. 4, 2022. (Hustler Multimedia/Laura Vaughan)

Solicitors were seen around Rand Hall last week asking students to donate money to the Dayton chapter of Invasion Ministries. Students reported that the solicitors were selling flowers, as well as rapping for and praying over students before VUPD intervened on Sept. 22.

The solicitor’s phone and QR codes, as photographed on Sept. 20, 2023. (Hustler Staff/Duaa Faquih)
(Duaa Faquih)

Invasion Ministries — founded by Murad Muhammad in 2017 — quantifies their impact based on the number of salvations in different cities where they mission, according to the organization’s website. The solicitors were heard saying they aimed to make $600 in each city. They further were heard stating they would split this money, with half going to travel costs to the solicitors’ next destination and half going to their own profits.

“VUPD informed four individuals outside Rand Hall on Wednesday evening they are not allowed to solicit on Vanderbilt property,” a VUPD representative said in a message to The Hustler. 

University policy prohibits third party solicitation of any kind and provides specific instructions that “strongly discourage” solicitation for religious purposes. 

Sophomore Mai-Xuan Mantwill and her friends were approached by one of the solicitors who rapped an “intense verse” before moving onto prayers. 

“My friend had to repeat [prayers] after him which was awkward for some of them because at least one of [my friends] wasn’t Christian,” Mantwill said. “Then, I think they gave him $5. He wanted $10 for one rose. That was a lot.”

Mantwill said the solicitor moved to another part of Fleming Yard after talking to her and her friends.

“I watched him serenade some girl, which seemed extremely uncomfortable because she was sitting by herself,” Mantwill said.

Kaden Tro, also a sophomore, described the solicitors as “scam artists.” 

“They know what they’re doing and they’re smart for it. This is a good target, and they’re intelligent scam artists,” Tro said.

Rachael Perrotta and Brina Ratangee contributed reporting to this piece.

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Barrie Barto, Senior Staff Photographer
Barrie Barto ('25) is majoring in medicine, health & society with minors in communication of science & technology and neuroscience in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as Photography Director. Outside of The Hustler, you can find Barrie cheering on the St. Louis Blues or tracking down the best gluten-free food in Nashville. She can be reached at [email protected].
Duaa Faquih, Former Staff Writer
Duaa Faquih ('24) is majoring in political science and minoring in communication studies in the College of Arts and Science. Apart from forcing her friends to watch videos of her cat, Duaa loves reading fantasy novels, painting and trying new restaurants. She can be reached at [email protected].
Laura Vaughan, Senior Staff Photographer
Laura Vaughan (‘25) is a student in the College of Arts and Science studying mathematics and economics. When not out on an assignment for The Hustler, she can be found studying in the Schulman Center, having lunch at Frutta Bowls or trying to clean her file structure. She is available at [email protected].
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