We are now several weeks into fall semester and while there have been many long, exhausting days since we launched a month ago, we are seeing the Lord do incredible things in the lives of students in Southeast Ohio.
A couple of weeks ago, I contacted an Ohio University freshman named Andrew, inviting him to meet me for coffee. Andrew was one of the 5,500 students who filled out our spiritual interest questionnaire on the first day of class and had expressed an interest in learning more about how he could grow in his relationship with God. In fact, over 2,500 students who filled out our questionnaire expressed a desire to learn more about Jesus.
Andrew promptly responded to my invitation to coffee and we made plans to meet later that afternoon.
As we sat down inside the student union, I asked Andrew to tell me about himself. He opened up and shared some of his story, his apprehensions about college and his uncertainty about how to have a relationship with God. Growing up he had attended church infrequently, but he believed God existed.
I asked Andrew if anyone had ever walked him through the Bible and clearly explained the message of Christianity. He leaned forward, shook his head, and said, “No.”
We spent the next half-hour looking at Bible verses together and I explained how Jesus came and died on a cross to rescue us from the penalty of our sin.
The last verse I shared with him was from Revelation 3:20 where Jesus says, “Here I am, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him.”
I looked up at Andrew and asked him if he had ever made the decision to turn to Christ and receive Him as his Lord and Savior.
He responded, “No, I have never done that.”
“Is that something you would you like to do?” I replied.
“Yes, I really would.” he said without even hesitating.
Uncertain of what he would say next, I asked him, “Do you want to pray and ask Jesus into your life right now?”
“Definitely.” he said.
So, right then and there, as we sat in a coffee shop filled with tons of people, Andrew and I bowed our heads and he prayed to Jesus out loud, thanking him for dying on the cross for his sins and receiving him as his savior and Lord.
In the last four weeks, we know of at least 33 other students who, like Andrew, have made decisions to receive Christ! Thank you so much for your prayers and partnership as together we seek to proclaim the gospel to every student at Ohio University and beyond. I praise God for you! I can’t wait to see what the Lord does in the weeks to come.
Submitted by Nick Stapleton, Cru staff at Ohio University