I am in awe of how God has grown the chapter-plant at Bridgewater State University. In the year and a half that I have been planting the ministry on campus I have seen God grow our movement from 20 students to 60 students, and 12 students have made significant decisions to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior! Most thrilling for me is to see my students embrace our vision to be a "movement of students being transformed by Jesus and bringing Jesus into every campus culture and space."
Sendy, a freshman, has grown in leaps and bounds this semester.
At our first gathering in August, she recommitted her life to Jesus. Since then, she has been growing in faith and sensed God giving her a vision to start something new on her freshmen dorm floor.
Sendy is Haitian and Dominican and noticed strong racial divides on her floor. Black students were upset with her for building relationships with white women in their community. Sendy decided to start a missional small group on her floor that gives her peers a space to share how they have been hurt by others because of their race. She is sharing how growing in relationship with Jesus is giving her the strength to forgive those who hurt her in the past and grow in acceptance of her ethnic identity. She is uniting black and white students in one room around the gospel, and she is meeting a felt-need on her floor.
The first night that she gathered students, 18 freshmen showed up and were engrossed in deep discussion for many hours. We are excited to see more and more students embrace the calling on their lives to be witnesses to their friends on campus.
By, Erin Corry, InterVarsity Campus Staff | Bridgewater State University