Over 350 students from the Boston area experienced new depths of their relationship with God this fall. Check out glimpses of their journey this past October!
Tod + Pebble Williams
Cru Boston Metro Staff
"So if I believe in God,
I can become His Children?"
International Students - 7,000 at Boston’s Northeastern University alone. Truly the world coming to our door! And stepping out into that global front yard is Cru staff leader, Todd Williams.
Newly arrived from China, Li gravitated toward Cru’s table, one of dozens at Northeastern’s Club Fair. He and Todd talked a bit then agreed to meet for lunch. Li listened attentively as Todd shared some Bible verses that explain how we can know God. Despite language and cultural barriers, Todd could tell that Li understood the Gospel message. When Li hesitated at Todd’s invitation to pray and ask God to be His Father, Todd assumed Li needed more time to ponder the implication of this commitment.
Cru Boston Metro Intern
"As Frank Sinatra played on the Warbucks speakers, Owen prayed to begin a relationship with Jesus."
If Boston University is your turf, then you know that "Warbucks" refers to the Starbucks at the base of Warren Towers, the largest non-military dorm in the country. If you're a "Cru leader at BU, you know that it's tough to beat Warbucks for a place to meet with interested students."
And "interested students" are what got surfaced through the survey Cru leaders disseminated at BU's Activities Fair. Inviting those surveyed to talk further (vie email blast) "interested BU students" replied (vie text message) and a time and location were arranged.
"Curious about how to know God and would like to talk to someone?"
This query rounded out a brief Cru survey, handed to Syracuse students at their 9/11 Activities Fair. Thanks to Cru intern, Amanda Burnett, all those surveyed were entered into our Mission Hub database, helping to ensure no interested student would fall through the cracks.
Along with Amanda, also responding to the self-identified "curious" is 2nd year Cru intern and '12 Dartmouth grad, Arielle Cannon. Within two weeks, Arielle witnessed God moving at least six young women from "curious" to "new believer!" Among them:
by Susie Richardson, Cru Senior Writer
Like giants roused from their fitful summer naps, universities across the nation are up and about.
Bustling with class schedules and dorm move-ins, most every college campus also hosts an Activities Fair, inviting students to check out their extra-curricular opportunities. Savvy groups and clubs vie for the attention of wide-eyed freshmen in particular.
Last week Cru staff Jen and Ross Eggers stepped away from their Harvard/Merrimack College venues to capture this opportunity at Salem State University, hopefully kickstarting a Cru chapter in this historic town.
Our faculty advisor helped clear the path for us to join ranks with the likes of Language Clubs, Justice Issues and a litany of other interests and causes (including one identified by a huge paper maché genitalia - go figure). After helping to set up our table, I perched partway up some stairs to pray and watch the scene unfold.
At the Epicenter Experience Winter Conference...
“I have NEVER seen God work so much in such a short amount of time.” Crying and feeling all alone, her dorm floor virtually empty, Haley, a Westfield State freshman, Facebook messaged her youth pastor back home in Hopkinton, MA:
“I’m having a pretty rough time. I’m meeting new people but so far everyone drinks and swears and I just feel completely out of my element. Tonight especially, everybody’s going off campus to party. I want to be social but it’s hard when I don’t participate in a lot of activities that people seem to bond over. I know God has a plan for me but it’s hard to see it when I feel so alone. I need prayer that I can meet a group of friends I can be myself around.”
Haley was likely not alone in her struggle. Barna statistics indicate that 70% of students nurtured in a Christian environment fall away from their faith sometime during their college years. Listening to Haley’s heart cries reminds us of the intense battle being waged for the hearts and souls of these kids on today’s campuses.