Day 6: GENEROUS through Sharing
The Great Exchange at Georgia Southern University
Every semester at Georgia Southern University (GSU) is a new challenge for students involved with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM). Campus Minister Jerry Johnson has helped to create an environment and path through which to intentionally share the Gospel on campus. The university is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia, with an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students from 49 states and 86 nations. Most have no spiritual alignment through personal faith in Christ or active church involvement.
This past Easter, the BCM students gave away Easter eggs on campus, which contained candy and a Gospel invitation. In exchange for the egg gift, the recipients were asked to participate in a brief Resurrection Week Survey, which opened the opportunity to share personal faith stories and to witness to hundreds. Results are still forthcoming.
BCM students also share “cardboard testimony signs” (a probing question on one side with a changed-life answer on the flip side). Deeply impacted by the signs, GSU student Phillip began attending the BCM “Prime Time” weekly worship. He now serves the BCM as campus engagement officer by guiding current and future evangelistic encounters.
Kayleigh, current BCM president, enthusiastically shares, “As we reach out to others, I have been challenged to willingly share my faith intentionally every day, beyond the special projects through BCM.”
When students provide their information as a result of the Spiritual Interest Survey, contact assignments are made to active BCM members. Hannah admits, “This makes me step out of my comfort zone, but when I see results in building relationships, I am inspired to do more.”
Jerry Johnson says, “Whether it’s sharing water, hot dogs, Bibles, witness books, donuts or whatever, the most important thing we can share is ourselves and our personal faith.”
• Thank Jesus for His blessing on our collegiate ministries at 50 Georgia campuses reaching students for Christ.
• Ask God to draw more students to Himself through salvation and service for our Lord.