I asked Ryon Freeman, who’s out at Millersville with several friends from our fellowship, to write about what they’re doing with the Millersville night-life scene. This is another great example of looking at your situation (“all any one does around here is party”) and then, instead of being discouraged (or tempted) by it, letting God move your mind to think: How might He want us to be used here? Where are people? What do they need? How could we reach them?
Here’s the first post from his new blog:
The whole idea behind the outreach All Who Are Thirsty is to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the college night life. There is an overwhelming need to impact our generation for the cause of Christ.
One night after a local Bible study the burden to share my faith weighted heavy on my heart. After telling some friends about this burden we all decided that we should do something to reach out to the students on our campus. We decided we wanted to hand out hot chocolate to the kids walking to and from parties.
One evening a few friends and I walked the campus and stopped to talk to drunk kids that we saw. What started as a simple walk, flourished into a desire to see kids on campus saved. I began to share my heart about this desire I had to set up hot chocolate stands on campus as a vehicle to share the gospel. That night my friends and I gathered and prayed. We prayed that God would open the right doors and direct us as we looked to start this outreach.
Before we go to handout hot chocolate we meet at 8:30pm to get our supplies ready: we heat up hot chocolate, put it in coolers, and tape Bible verses to the cups. After that we pray to prepare our hearts before we go out . At 9:30pm we hit the streets and set up by the frat houses and on one of the main streets. We have three stations with three people at each station. Each person has a job one serves the hot chocolate another puts the hot chocolate mix in the cups and another hands out information about different bible studies on campus and churches they could go to on Sunday.
The rush starts around 10:00pm and we stay out until 1:30am depending on the amount of supplies we have and the people that want to talk. Our goal is to let the Holy Spirit lead, so we aim to stay out as long as we need to. We have print outs of Romans road ahead of time in case we have the opportunity to lead students to Christ.
When the evening ends we prayer for the students we encountered and for more ministry opportunities.
We ask that you will pray for the All Who Are Thirsty Outreach. Pray that God gives us favor with the kids and the police. Also pray that many would come to Christ.