by Susie Richardson, Cru Senior Writer
Like giants roused from their fitful summer naps, universities across the nation are up and about.
Bustling with class schedules and dorm move-ins, most every college campus also hosts an Activities Fair, inviting students to check out their extra-curricular opportunities. Savvy groups and clubs vie for the attention of wide-eyed freshmen in particular.
Last week Cru staff Jen and Ross Eggers stepped away from their Harvard/Merrimack College venues to capture this opportunity at Salem State University, hopefully kickstarting a Cru chapter in this historic town.
Our faculty advisor helped clear the path for us to join ranks with the likes of Language Clubs, Justice Issues and a litany of other interests and causes (including one identified by a huge paper maché genitalia - go figure). After helping to set up our table, I perched partway up some stairs to pray and watch the scene unfold.
As a longtime staff member, I've logged in many years of this "back to school" ritual; yet I was moved afresh by the scene unfolding before me: Cru doing what Cru does.
There were Jen and Ross, twenty-somethings and newly married, out in front of the table, engaging students, laughing, inviting, listening. A frat guy walked away with a Bible. A young woman lingered, intent on connecting. And what about that athletic guy that keeps coming back?
The good news: We gathered names and contact info of 30 interested students (including "the athlete" - a hockey player transferring in from Jen's Minnesota alma mater!). The bad news: Ignorance (of specific SSU policy) while blissful, can also land you in trouble. One of SSU's chaplains reported us for not having students manning our table. Cru is banned from SSU until we have four student "officers" requesting our presence - a bit of a Catch 22.
Pray with us, to see this obstacle surmounted to the glory of God and the salvation of SSU students! "I will open doors...so that gates will not be shut..." Isaiah 45:1
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