“I have NEVER seen God work so much in such a short amount of time.” Crying and feeling all alone, her dorm floor virtually empty, Haley, a Westfield State freshman, Facebook messaged her youth pastor back home in Hopkinton, MA:
“I’m having a pretty rough time. I’m meeting new people but so far everyone drinks and swears and I just feel completely out of my element. Tonight especially, everybody’s going off campus to party. I want to be social but it’s hard when I don’t participate in a lot of activities that people seem to bond over. I know God has a plan for me but it’s hard to see it when I feel so alone. I need prayer that I can meet a group of friends I can be myself around.”
Haley was likely not alone in her struggle. Barna statistics indicate that 70% of students nurtured in a Christian environment fall away from their faith sometime during their college years. Listening to Haley’s heart cries reminds us of the intense battle being waged for the hearts and souls of these kids on today’s campuses.
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