Last semester, nine Greek students from UNH headed to ServeUP Tampa. There, we found broken people, broken houses, broken systems. Further, we found that we were part of that brokenness. It was my privilege to be with them as they discovered this brokenness, as they began to have their eyes opened to the need for Jesus in our world. Of five non-Christians that came with us, two decided to follow Jesus. One of the women, in a post-trip essay wrote,
“The most important takeaway from this trip was seeing the brokenness that is in myself. I am not a “good Christian.” I am sinful. And I am broken. I am loved though by Jesus and in His eyes I am enough, I need to be a follower of Jesus and say yes to Him. I did this on Wednesday night but I am still unwrapping what that really means. Its a scary process for sure, but I am comforted by the fact that I am not on this journey alone. I plan on seeking God when I get back to campus...my life is forever changed.”
Post-trip, it would have been easy to move on from the things we learned on ServeUP. But, in hoping to realize God’s heart for every person, they engaged in a conversation about multiethnicity. Students were presented with the issue of racism in our culture and even more closely in the Greek system. This was totally new territory, most of these students hadn’t heard much about how God values multiethnicity. In light of the events that have (and continue to) taken place in our nation the hope was that these students would have healing and clear words for their brothers and sisters.
Since that first step of faith these students have engaged in a journey of intense healing and reconciliation. They’ve lamented the state of our world and sought out their black brothers and sisters to come alongside them and start to feel the pain they feel. They've asked the question, "What if the Greek system led UNH in racial reconciliation?" We are praying that God would further this work and that the Greek system might be a place of healing, safety and reconciliation because of the way that the Gospel has worked in the lives of Greek students.
By, Meaghan Graham, Greek Staff | UNH