Carrie and I worked 15 hours yesterday beginning with our 8:30 AM prayer meeting with the team.
After we got home, we prepared for our day in Edinboro and Erie. My itinerary included meeting with the EUP Cru faculty advisor for lunch and discussing some things about the ministry and ‘catching up.’ There’s a possibility that we’re going to start a group there to help the Christian professors feel a bit more connected – I’ll keep you all updated as we know things for sure. After that appointment I headed up to Penn State Behrend to meet with 2 professors there that are the faculty advisors for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (the only Christian group that I know about on that campus) – they seemed to be very on board with CCC starting a movement there, I’m going to try to meet with the IV staff next week.
While I was at Behrend, I ran into a guy who my mom and step-dad used to go to church with before they moved to North Carolina. He works for the post office and I’m pretty sure he was delivering the mail to the university. He mentioned that there was a young adults’ Bible study with their church and that two of the people attending are students at Behrend and suggested that I get in contact with the guy who is leading it (who also happens to be the guy that I believe led my parents to Christ).
I headed back to Edinboro for an appointment that Carrie and I had with the elders’ board at a church that two of our student leaders attend.
While I was in Erie, Carrie was getting stood up by 3 out 5 appointments and in the meantime met a that we were able to talk with for about an hour and a half about faith issues – he was open about his faith and ended up asking us what we believed which gave us an open door to share the Gospel. He’s still searching, but he has a more complete picture of the Christian faith than he did that morning.
At the church board meeting we discussed partnering with them in two ways: Carrie and I are still in need of about 7% of our financial support and were asking them to consider that; also, we value church partnerships to reach colleges very much and were establishing a working relationship with them to help us all better reach Edinboro’s student population.
Afterwards, Carrie and I (along with one of the EUP student leaders) sat in on a group discussion about the issue of homosexuality on campus and what it’s like to be one. We have had a number of chances to meet members of the LGBT (defenition)
Finally it was time for CRU which was great – there were a number of new students this week (as there have been every week this semester. Next week we’ll be back in the University Center after being “banishied” to Dearborn Hall’s TV Lobby (a dorm). The student president spoke about sharing our faith through relationships and did a great job complete with a story about a long-time friend.