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Newsletter 2007.10

Newsletter 2007.10

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October 2007 ~ Volume 1, Issue 2

On the weekend of October 12th a group of 185 students spent the weekend worshiping the Lord, confessing their sins and struggles, building community, making friends, and discussing what they crave most in life—Jesus. During women’s time the theme was taking off our masks. It was a time of confession and vulnerability. A couple of women shared their testimonies in front of the group and then we split up into small groups for discussion. As the female staff sat back and observed we could clearly see the Lord working. Some students were broken and in tears grasping the grace that was readily available and other groups were in laughter, connecting with other girls through their praises and conquered sin. Saturday night was a time of reflection and prayer. There was a room set aside with different stations: a map of the world, UF campus, and Barbados (our partner satellite campus, University of the West Indies) where students placed stars on the maps of areas in which they would be in prayer; a slideshow rolled across the computer while students read a hand out reflecting on how big God is and how small we make him; students could write their sins and struggles and post them on the cross. Although reflection time ended at 10pm students stayed and prayed long after the band had stopped playing and the bonfire had started. Our theme verse was Psalm 27:4 “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” Only God could do so much with three short days in the hearts of students that they would crave the Lord as he desires us to.

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In the last newsletter I asked for prayer for my disciples whom, at the time, did not exist. In answer to those prayers I am now meeting weekly with the group of girls pictured to the left: Ellen, Anna, Asha, Ashley, Lindsey and Lindsay. The first three are sophomores leading Real Life Groups, which are Community Groups for freshmen. Ashley is young in her faith and has such a desire to know God and share her faith with others, it’s very refreshing. Lindsey and Lindsay are Juniors who do not have leadership roles with Crusade but have been involved for most of their college careers. I am going through the Transferable Concepts by Bill Bright with all of them as well as using My Soularium for initiative and relational evangelism. Things are going well as God has been faithful in answering our prayers!

Lindsey & Lindsay

MY SOULARIUM: www.mysoularium.com
My Soularium is a new evangelism tool used to start spiritual conversations. I have used it many times and absolutely LOVE it. There are a series of 50 pictures that people look through to answer five simple questions. Through conversations on campus, started with My Soularium, I have come to realize how liberal this campus is, especially compared to Grand Valley, and how many people have never heard the Gospel. The students are searching for something but they don’t know what it is. I’ve talked with a Jew, Hindu, Atheist, practicing Christian, non-practicing Christian, and Agnostic, to name a few. If you are interested in hearing how the students have answered the questions you can go online to mysoularium.com and click on ‘see what others are saying’ then click ‘view results filtered by school’ and type in University of Florida. If you want to try it for yourself you can order a packet at http://crupress.campuscrusadeforchrist.com/evangelism/soularium Sorry this sounds like a sales pitch, I am just excited about it and I’ve seen how well it works and wanted to share it with you. :)

Jesus is the Issue
Jesus is the Issue is the theme we have chosen for our weekly meetings. Our goal, as a staff, is to present the Gospel through our talks every week. This is the most important topic to speak on and students who might only come once will at least have heard the Good News. This theme also influenced our Fall Getaway theme, getting students to realize that the things of this world that they think are the issue or they sometimes crave do not matter when compared to eternity. Jesus is the Issue. We crave a personal relationship with Him.

My Space
There is so much information that I would like to share with you that will not fit on these pages so I have created a webpage online with weekly blog updates, pictures from Crusade events and more. Please feel free to check it out any time. www.myspace.com/mindysue_crusade

Mindy Sue Colvin ~ Campus Crusade for Christ ~ University of Florida 1326 NW 11th Rd ~ Gainseville, FL ~ 32605 269.908.0611 Mindy.Colvin@uscm.org To donate online: http://give.ccci.org/give/0593522

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