Gathering New Sheep

A new school year is just around the bend. First-year students are moving into their dorms on Friday; classes start on Monday. The first six weeks of college are a critical time in these students' lives. The decisions they make (e.g., will you stay out late and party or will you finish your homework?) and the friends they choose will set the tone/course for the next four years. With that in mind, we want to meet as many students as possible so that they know:
  1. They are welcome here (at RUF and UVM);
  2. They are not alone (a lot of people share the same fears, anxieties, doubts, concerns);
  3. They are loved by God;
  4. They are loved by us (RUF staff and students);
  5. They have a purpose (God is redeeming the world, and they have a part to play).
How do we meet students these first six weeks? Putting up posters, handing out free donuts, organizing hikes, hosting BBQs, meeting students for coffee—it all seems so ordinary, and yet, behind the scenes, something extraordinary is happening: the Good Shepherd is gathering his sheep. Please pray for His and our efforts to reach students for Christ and equip them to serve. Thanks!

John Meinen, Campus Minister at University of Vermont
August 22, 2016
Northeast@ruf.org • 610-691-0988 • 631 Fourth Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018