Ok but really how is it Monday morning right now?
Year three on staff with Cornerstone at UNC, and I am still AMAZED at how that first week zips by, and if you make the terrible mistake of sitting down, you will wake up 3 days later not having a clue what happened. Thankfully, we all managed to keep moving last week, and the Lord blessed our efforts in ridiculous ways.
If I am honest, I contemplated having church from my bed yesterday morning, but I managed to roll out and to make it to service. So glad I did. God was so good as he spoke through his word in Acts 1:6-8 of his provision for us as we carry out the mission he has given us, to be witnesses to his glory in all the earth.
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
Our pastor pointed out that as Jesus gave this grand mission and promise of the Spirit, there were no marching orders, no “how-to’s” really involved. He just said go, to all the earth, and tell them about me. And then he was gone. Say what? Um, Jesus, could you come clarify that? Do you have any idea how big the earth is? In fact He did- and he still does. Though the task is great, even overwhelming, and we may look at ourselves and see “fishermen” and “tax collectors” – an unlikely and unqualified bunch – Jesus promises to never leave us, and fills our stuttering mouths with words empowered by his Holy Spirit. Praise Him!
Even on campus, it seems there is no way we could get the gospel out to every student walking the quad. But this promise of the Holy Spirit is literally the ONLY way last week happened, and the only way we will push forward today and the rest of this year at UNC. Thanks for your prayers for us! He is good and provides!
Now for a brief photo run-down of the week:
Survey tables! Student leaders canvased the campus from 9 different tables, conducting surveys to find out students’ interest in spiritual things or in joining a Bible study…
Freshmen Pizza (and Bojangles and subs and Chickfila tea) Picnic! Rain forced us into the parking deck, but our food, prepared to feed 1,000 was gone before our leaders were able to get any – Praise Jesus! Freshmen were able to meet the Bible study leaders in their dorms and other guys and girls who live near them and are interested in following the Lord during college.
First Weekly Meeting! We took over the Eddie Smith Field House Thursday night for our first weekly meeting, where Miles introduced students to our vision that they would see God rightly, see themselves rightly, see others rightly, and so live rightly. Tons of students, hearing about Jesus and how they can live their 4 years in college for Him!
Hoedown!!! Each year we head to Carrboro Town Commons in our overalls and cowboy hats to square dance and eat BBQ. We had a record crowd this year… I am terrible at estimating numbers, but take a look at the pictures! People had a blast and saw that Christians know how to tear it up 🙂 Oh yea… and I was dressed as a cow, so there is that 🙂
and please, check out Miles, our campus director, showing us all how to do the Cupid Shuffle: