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The Connection
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• For all the students that made life changing decisions at the conference. That they would be encouraged to follow God’s plan. • That God would bring in the rest of my financial support by January 20th.

~Mindy Sue Colvin ~ Mindy.Colvin@uscm.org ~ 269.908.0611 ~ ~1111A Parker Pl, Charlottesville, VA 22903
To donate: Call1-888-CRUSADE ~ email eGift@ccci.org ~ go online http://give.ccci.org/give/0593522

On December 28th eight hundred college students crammed into a hotel with the desire to “radiate His life”. Just five days later thirty of those students prayed to receive Christ as their savior, over two hundred committed to going on a summer project and one hundred forty committed to give one year of their lives to vocational ministry. In addition to giving their time these same students pledged to give over $100,000 to God’s kingdom in 2010. But they didn’t come to Baltimore with that in mind. Chanin Kelly opened the conference by looking at the woman at the well in John 4. When life is going out of control where do you go for comfort and control? Are you drinking living water (Jesus) or salt water (worldly things)? How do you quench your thirst? Our Main speaker, Darryl Smith, reminded us that If you’re not happy in a duplex, then a big house will not make you happy. In order to radiate His life you need to have the life. “Life comes through a person and that person is Jesus.” in need. Our closing speaker was Rick James (no, not that Rick James). Illustrating the food chain, very roughly and inaccurately for the most part, he showed us that death is always at the top. Death devours everything, until the resurrection. Life is the new death and death is our friend. My summary is choppy at best and doesn’t do the speakers justice. This is merely a snippet to help you identify with the many students who are no longer finding life in drinking, good grades, dating or themselves but are now satisfying their pallets with living water and are experiencing new life as a result. Interested in these talks? Go to Radiate09.com to hear more.

“If you want to make a difference in the world you have to be different.” - Darryl
Dan Haseltine, the lead singer of Jars of Clay referred to James 1:27—Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. A great speaker, Dan motivated students to step out of their comfort zones to be a servant to the world and help those

A Renewed Heart
The conference got off to a rocky start when the hotel put me in the wrong room and my parking card wouldn’t let me out of the garage. After finally settling in that night I got my job assignment. I would be on the ballroom crew, which was the best job as I got to serve the students behind the scenes and watch them reap the benefits of our hard work. On the last night the students filled out commitment cards. I distinctly remembered my first Cru. Conference as a senior filling out that same card as God called me to give a year of my life to vocational ministry. Here I am three years later, still working for Crusade. Radiate turned out to be a huge blessing amidst a difficult time for me. I haven’t been directly involved in campus ministry for over a year-and-a-half. As I sat back and listened they tallied off the cards and I remembered why I was there in the first place. God had renewed my heart for lost college students and showed me that my time of support raising is for good reason, more specifically 800 good reasons.

Pictured top to bottom: >Keller and Mary Catherine assembling seed packets for the Global Aid Network (GAiN) on our Day of Faith >Emily, Emily and Danielle hanging out in Baltimore >Lindsay and I at the NYE party >All the UVA students and staff at the conference.