The UVA students held a very casual Game Night yesterday to relax at week’s end, build fellowship, and have fun! People brought board games and friends to join in. Here’s my table playing Apples to Apples (our game eventually became extremely large with 16 people at once!).
Matt judges who gave the best response at our table. Strangely, all the UVA marching band members did extremely well throughout the game. There must be some kind of special connection they share...
Over 30 students participated in the Broken Bread Meal. They are in small groups eating the porridge and learning about different children's experiences.
The Outreach Team organized a “Broken Bread Meal” — an opportunity for students to experience hunger and the hardships of many people in the 2/3 world. We received materials from World Vision, a Christian international poverty relief and development non-profit organization, which included the meal we were to serve: a kind of white mealy porridge that they serve or distribute to camps or to people in need.
Many students fasted during lunch or the whole day to better simulate hunger and the experience of looking forward to one porridge meal. They also split up into groups to read about individual stories of children from all over the world who are under all kinds of hardship — hunger, extreme poverty, infection with diseases like HIV/AIDS, sex slavery — so that they could better understand what needs are going on around them.
At the end, they were invited to take some information about how they can help, and some gave donations to support World Vision’s programs. Please pray for the needy all around the world, especially in extreme poverty. Pray also for UVA IV students to continue to grow in their desire to see justice and care sent out to all who need it.
I sat with this small group. Steph is sharing about a girl from Rwanda who had to drop out of school to help make money for her family.
Logan & Maralize work at our Proxe Station set up outside O-Hill dining hall.
It has been a smashing week! We got to speak with over 220 UVA students at our Proxe Stations! I’m guessing that we got to share the Gospel message at least 40 times, potentially up around 70 times! WOW. So many amazing stories about how the Lord brought people to us at the stations, how He made opportunities & worked in the conversations. The Lord was really at work while we were on Grounds. How encouraging to see Him doing such amazing things when we step out on the edge of our comfort zones.
Three IV members - Natalie, Anna, & Caleb - talk with UVA students at our Proxe Station at Newcomb Hall.
This week is UVA IV’s Witness Week – a time where we’ll focus on getting trained and stepping out to witness to the University in two ways: (1) Proxe Stations (conversational booths) that allow IV members to engage UVA students about issues of injustice, suffering, and God, and (2) a special large group that addresses those same questions in a more comprehensive fashion, especially for non-Christians or those who are skeptical or unsure about faith in God.
Today we begin our Proxe Stations on UVA Grounds at two locations. Even though I’ve done them two times before at Duke, and been part of the leadership group over them once, I’m still nervous and apprehensive every time — fear of logistical details or oversights, what if I forget to say/ask/do [fill in the blank]?, the fear of being turned down multiple times (which always happens), the list goes on.
I think the students feel the same way (minus the strategic/logistical concerns) and I’ve been praying for them also, that God would use this opportunity to witness to show them the truth about the campus — that people really ARE eager, curious, or aching to have conversations about deeper spiritual things. I also hope that it will grow not just their capacity but their conviction about the need to be a community that really witnesses in word and deed and in the flesh, not just at 2 locations for 3 days, but with hallmates, classmates, teammates etc. And of course I’m praying for God to bring us people like the Ethiopian Eunuch, and that we could help them take whatever next step is needed in their spiritual journey.
Your prayers are appreciated for all these things! Thanks very much!