Why We Serve

It’s because of the students. Here is the story of a student who came to Brown and RUF from a Christian upbringing.

"I grew up in a Christian home where prayer, the Bible, church and Veggie Tales were a constant presence in my life. I don’t remember the exact moment or day that I accepted the Lord, but I was very young. It wasn’t until I was older, a freshman in high school, that my faith became my own. God saved my life when I went through a time of depression and self-loathing. I suffered from an eating disorder, and the only comfort I found was in reading the Bible and praying.

"It took me a long while to trust God being that He seemed so far away, but now He is my best friend and my Heavenly Father. After that painful experience, my relationship with God has only grown stronger. I know that without His love, I am hopelessly lost to sin, but in Him I have everlasting life and a hope for a future outside of this world that I really don’t belong in. I know that because He has made me his child, I cannot be taken from him, and I would never want to be. I am firmly within his kingdom."

This student recently admitted to me and other RUF leaders how she came to Brown doubtful about whether she would join a Christian group in college. At the behest of her parents, she visited RUF and, to paraphrase her words, it all just fit together. The point is that irrespective of their upbringing, every student has to grasp the truths and the benefits of the gospel as their own. We minister and serve for the sake of the many students who stand to make scripture and the gospel their own.

Eddie Park, Campus Minister at Brown/Rhode Island School of Design
February 2, 2015
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