“I always knew I wanted to a have a relationship with Christ, but I never knew how to start and open by heart to Him. I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me today. I prayed to God tonight [to invite Jesus in my life as my Lord and Savior]…I now realize I always have someone to talk to.”
This was the late-night text Erin received from Kelly, a freshman at Purdue. Earlier that afternoon, Erin and her student disciple Ren, approached Kelly in her dorm after she had filled out one of our dinner surveys. On the survey, she indicated that she had a “strong desire” to have a relationship with God and that she was willing to give her opinion on a spiritual life questionnaire.
Purdue students filled out our surveys in droves—2311 of them to be exact. Each semester these short surveys completed in the dining halls on campus open the door to meet new students and offer them an opportunity to hear about Jesus.
Jordan is another freshman girl who filled out a survey. After Erin shared the Knowing God Personally booklet with her (which outlines the gospel in 4 points), Jordan indicated she was going to pray to receive Christ on her own later that night. Her response to hearing the gospel in an understandable way was enthusiastic. “I like the booklet. It’s like Knowing God… for Dummies.”
Meeting and befriending new students has been our primary focus of the semester as freshman in general are the most receptive to the gospel. The majority of them are on their own for the first time and seeking to discover who they are and what they believe.
As students such as Kelly and Jordan make decisions for Christ, we seek to help them grow in their new faith through Bible studies written for new believers. We are grateful to see God’s hand at work and to know that you are right here with us on the front lines for Christ.
Submitted by Neil and Erin Rutan, Cru staff at Purdue University