Breaking the Barrier

At University of Delaware, students who are not Christians don't tend to come to Christian group events. That's for "them" not for "us." There is a bit of a feeling among Christians students that their non-Christian friends would not even be interested in coming to something hosted by a campus ministry. This dynamic between Christian and non-Christian students creates a barrier. Through RUF that barrier is slowly crumbling. We regularly have social events that are great avenues for believing students and non-believing students to have a good time, often in our house. We open our home, show love, care, hospitality to students and watch as they go from skeptical and wary of this RUF pastor and his wife, to faces that smile when they see me on campus because they know that we care about this campus and love students. We recently had a Halloween party at our house and of the 20-25 students present, probably about 10 or so were non-Christians. We pray that God would use these small but consistent efforts to sound forth the gracious welcome of the gospel to students who desperately need to come home spiritually and find the loving embrace of the God who welcomes us in and through Christ.

Nick Owens, Campus Minister at University of Delaware
November 10, 2016 • 610-691-0988 • 631 Fourth Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018