University students meet for “Big Event” in the U-S

By October 14, 2005

USA (MNN) — Students from university campuses around the United States will be gathering for kind of a ‘kick-off’ to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s campus ministry. It’s called, the “Big Event.”

InterVarsity’s Regional Director for New York and New Jersey, Greg Jao, says the ‘Big Event’ this weekend is a great organizing conference for Christian students. “After students have been on campus for about a month or two, it’s a great time to pull them off campus for just a short weekend, give them a little vision and some training so that they can be effective on campus. So, there’s easily 2,000 to 5,000 students going through training like this probably this weekend and an equivalent number next weekend.”

Jao says they’ll focus on discipleship and evangelism, which is the priority for their outreach. “The Gospel needs to be salt and light on secular college campuses. These are the places where the leaders of our political life, our economic life, and our cultural life are being formed and shaped. So, our vision at InterVarsity is to have every college student and every faculty member hear the Gospel compellingly at least once from someone they know.”

Prayer is needed for InterVarsity’s work. Jao says college ministry is strategic. “I think this is the last time people make choices about what they’re going to believe and how they’re going to live, basically until they have children of their own. And so, for the next 10 to 20 years they’re making the life choices and faith choices that I think will carry them for another decade or two. So, it’s absolutely critical that people pray for college students.”

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