21st Century Evangelism
Featuring: Cru UNH
Written by: Susie Richardson, Cru Senior Writer
How did a self-described “non-religious” High School senior end up at this Cru UNH retreat, mere months later, ready to “turn to Jesus?”
One word: Facebook.
“In May, as I was finishing up high school, a Cru UNH staff member messaged me about checking out Cru once I got to UNH in the fall. I thought that was weird because I’m not religious. [Then a traumatic thing happened], and I really wanted to try Cru. Now I want to turn to Jesus.” - a freshman at Cru UNH's Fall Getaway
Over the summer, some Cru student leaders joined UNH’s “Class of 2018” Facebook page, a “forum” where these rising college freshmen can interact about favorite bands ... roommate selection … and begin to get a feel for what awaits them in the fall.
I Chronicles 12:32 tells of the sons of Issachar, “men who understood the times with the knowledge of what Israel should do.”
Accordingly, Cru staff and students throughout the Northeast are utilizing Facebook and other digital strategies to more effectively engage students with the Gospel. We hope to gather resources and improve skills for greater online impact in the coming months.
Now, well into the semester, the “Class of 2018” Facebook page still functions as a venue for expression, some more despairing than hopeful:
“Hey everyone... i’m not the guy i pretend to be... i have problems like anyone else. I just don’t know how to deal with this stuff and i wanted to reach out to everyone here and be honest about who i am. man i don’t even know who i am... it just gets so lonely sometimes. Don’t you ever just feel like something’s missing?”
Here's how you can be praying. . .
One thing that hasn’t changed is a call to prayer. Cru leaders continue to ask God to use these various digital initiatives to win souls.
Thank you for joining with us to make Christ known to the students of the Northeast.
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