Ya’ll, the Lord is moving big time in Eastern NC, and we are only two weeks in. Let me just share with you some of the things we have seen happen.
1. We have had a record number of surveys filled out at all our schools – 450 at Fayetteville State, 393 at Campbell University, 637 at UNC Pembroke, and 323 at Wake Tech.
2. In the process of following up with these contacts, we have already seen two people accept Christ through one-on-one evangelism!
3. This year, I am the only lady on our staff team working at Campbell Univ. and Ed is the only staff guy. Following up 393 contacts (trying to meet with all students who were interested in learning more about us and hearing about Christ) is a little overwhelming for one or two people! Thankfully, the Lord has provided 4 other women and 2 other men from our church to help meet one-on-one with these contacts! So fun to already see them having great conversations where the Gospel is being clearly shared.
4. We had The Maze come to UNCP and FSU this week. During the day, Jim (the illusionist) goes on campus, freaks people out, and creates buzz for the show that evening. Then, at the show, he not only shares about truth through illusions but also clearly explains the Gospel. This is a huge outreach that requires a lot of planning, time, and money. In planning and preparing for this event, thing after thing kept happening that made it obvious the devil was working against us and God was doing something big – and he did!!
At UNCP, the venue held 1600 people. We had 1200-1300 students in attendance for The Maze and 155 decisions for Christ. A local pastor who partners with us in ministry there said “Congrats to UNCP Cru for bring the Maze to UNCP. This was the most attended and well responded to campus ministry event I’ve seen in over 9 years of campus ministry. This isn’t about what any one organization , or group, is doing at UNCP, it’s about what God is doing.”
At FSU, the venue held a little over 1100. We had 900-1000 students in attendance and 280 decisions for Christ. Statistically, this is a very high number of students to respond and place their faith in Christ – and yet another indication of how hungry students are for the truth at FSU.
Now, we began the task of following up with these students (in addition to the students who filled out surveys) and trying to get them connected and help them learn to grow in this new faith and their relationship with Christ.
What did the girls and I do during all of this? I was going to bring them one evening but decided that may be a disaster (past bedtime plus sitting still for two hours plus having to be quiet = bad combination), so we hung around home. I hired a babysitter one day and went to followup with contacts at Campbell and then we spent a lot of time with friends eating good food and enjoying good fellowship. I am so very, very thankful for friends who take us in and love on us when daddy is away – praise God for the body of Christ – makes those long days bearable!
And then, tonight, we had a tailgate at Campbell Univ. before their first home game. The girls had a blast, even despite the outrageous heat, and we even got to meet a camel 🙂 This is a picture with Jubilee, a student of ours who was in New York with us this summer and who is very dear to my heart. So blessed seeing how the Lord is working in her life.
So, this weekend, we will get some much needed rest, and then the madness continues. We had preschool open house this morning for Kinsley and she begins school next Tuesday (two mornings a week). When they talked about us bringing class snacks, and having notes from the teacher, and doing show and tell, I kept saying “how am I already at this point to have a kid old enough for all of this?”. It will be SO good for her and she is beyond excited. Stay tuned for our first day pictures!