When we arrived to our room at Chapman University for the first weekly meeting of the semester, we had the expectation of an attendance around 30 to 40 college students. What happened next was crazy! When we opened the doors, group after group of students entered the room with excitement! Only a few minutes after opening the doors, two student leaders excitedly rushed up to me and shouted, “we need more chairs!!!” With a smile on my face, I chuckled and said, “We do not have anymore chairs…this is awesome!” Even with all the chairs occupied, Chapman students were still entering the classroom. They were excited to meet new people and learn more about a relationship with Christ.
We were so encouraged that 75 students came to our first weekly meeting at Chapman University! Before campus started, we prayed God would move in the lives of college students and prepare their hearts to respond to the Gospel. He is answering those prayers!
This fall, we have launched ministries at four different universities in Orange County. Carly and I (JJ) spend a majority of our time following up spiritual surveys on campus. We are trusting the Lord to follow up with over 1,100 college students who filled out a spiritual interest survey.
We have had wonderful opportunities to meet with students and share the Gospel with them. Through these appointments with students, God has been making it more evident in the need for His name to be made known on college campuses. Students for the first time are hearing the Gospel and this idea of true fulfillment found through a relationship with Christ.
Please pray for the students who are hearing the gospel for the first time. Pray their hearts will be open to a relationship with Christ. It has been so encouraging to see already what the Lord has been doing. A freshmen student from Chapman shared in a Cru Bible Study, “This is exactly what I need. I need a group of guys to encourage me in my relationship with Jesus and to share the Gospel with others.” How awesome is that! This is our heart and prayer for our campuses in Orange County.
Thank you so much for your prayer. Your partnership is changing the lives of college students for eternity!
- Pray for our Cru annual Fall Retreat that will take place from October 23rd – 25th.
- Pray for the students who will be sharing the Gospel with at at Chapman University and UC Irvine.