I'm building a support (prayer) team. Would you consider joining? Below are some details.
Over the past several years at NC State, I've been involved with CRU as a student leader, assisting with bible studies, discipleship, evangelism, and events. However, about a year and a half ago, I began to steadily and more desperately pray for the broader advancement of God's kingdom at NC State. Over that time period, I've grown significantly in my personal desire and commitment to see that kingdom come, and I have also grown in my understanding and practice of prayer and belief in its great power to back revival in God's kingdom. If we hope to be effective in the great commission, we must be powerful in prayer, truly seeking God to move and depending with all our might in his mercy and love. However, we must also be great doers of our faith, being bold as we should to proclaim the gospel.
Romans 10:14-15 says "How, then, can they call on the one they have believed in? And how can they believe in the one whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'"
Paying special attention to "And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?", I am desiring to invest more intentionally in the NC State community during my next two years. Both the "goers" and the "senders" are vital. As I trust God to more actively "go" I ask that you would be one of my active "senders."
What would I expect from you?
I believe it is important for the sender to be as invested in the mission as the goer. It is all one kingdom. Thus, I am intentionally asking a few to be senders, and that those senders would be invested in both me and the greater work at NC State. I ask that you would be committed to praying for 1) my personal growth in God's love and will, 2) my humility, sincerity, and diligence as a student and witness for God generally and as a partner with CRU, and 3) for fresh revival and power from God to sweep through NC State.
What could you expect from me?
You could expect regular updates from me concerning my growth, school, work with CRU, and stories of how God is moving at NC State.
God's movement thus far
NC State hasn't even completed one full week of class, but things are in full swing. CRU (and other ministries) has been running full force so far to reach as many incoming freshman and returning students as possible. Last Thursday, we held our first large group meeting of the year. Unfortunately, we had to meet off-campus at Summit Church Blue Ridge, so students could not just walk over. However, we had about 1000 students in attendance!
During various campus events and CRU-initiated outreaches (e.g., ice cream socials), CRU has collected contact information for hundreds of students. We've spent the last week following up with each of these. Personally, I've already met with several new freshman to explain CRU and the gospel message. Some entered as strong believers and are excited to join a bible study and community. Some entered with a faith that was more so their families, but are interested in taking it to be their own. Some entered with no interest in Christianity. Some other students on our east campus CRU team have already had meeting Muslim students and those who don't believe.
I see two incredible ways God is at work at NC State. First, he is bringing those far from him to know him (Muslim and other non-Christian students). Second, he is bringing back those who know his name but who are walking away. If it is true that majority of college students leave their faith, then it is absolutely vital that they be caught up into a community of believers while they are deciding what they really believe.
One freshman told me on the way back from our CRU meeting that everyone he had met through CRU thus far (at both large meetings and socials) had been sincerely loving and invested in him. He said that coming into school, he had no plans to look into a church community, but after meeting many of us, strongly wanted to become a part of what we had.
John 13:35 "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Thanks for reading through this long email! Let me know if you have any questions.