The last two weeks have been like nothing else I've ever experienced in ministry before. With restrictions from the University on where we can meet and how many people can be present we knew going into the two weeks of Maverick Stampede that we would not be able to operate like we usually do. There would be no pajama dance party to attend, or candy poker night to invite people to, or a waffleopolis to be overwhelemed by with the amount of people who come to that event just to eat one free waffle. None of those would be happening like they have in years past. In fact we weren't even sure how many students would be on campus. And with all of this uncertainty and our unability to rely on strategies we've used to reach the campus in the past, there was anxiety for us and for our student leader team. What would college ministry even look like this year? How could God possibly work with so many restrictions impeding our efforts?
Well, good news, God is not impeded by any restrictions!
So far in the first two weeks of college starting up we have met just as many students as we do in a typical school year, every core (small groups) that have met have not only had new people attend, but they also have reported a number of those new students wanting to start one on one bible studies. I've heard stories of which I'll get into about students wanting to hear about Jesus for the first time, or for the first time in their life taking their faith seriously. I've heard students express immense gratitude that there was someone on campus that wanted to be their friend. And I've seen God work in ways that would be unexplainable if not for His amazing goodness and grace.