There is just something about April on Chapel Hill’s campus that brings about a new life and a new momentum, where you can literally see a change in the students’ lives. The upper and lower quads at UNC are full of students laying out, doing last minute readings for their classes, and throwing the Frisbee to one another. Countdowns have begun until the famous LDOC (last day of class), which is 2 weeks and counting and graduation pictures have initiated next to the famous Old Well.
While the end of the school year is full of excitement and built up momentum, one of the most bittersweet moments that we face as a staff team is saying goodbye to the seniors in Campus Outreach. Every year, we host a Senior Night for the seniors in our ministry, giving the younger student leaders the opportunity to thank and encourage the seniors who have had an impact on their lives through discipleship and ministry. With drinks and desserts, students and seniors receive the opportunity to offer advice to one another and reflect on the power of Christ in their relationships and on the campus. Senior Night is similar to the hand-off of a baton, with seniors handing off their wisdom and responsibility to the younger students, giving them ownership and tools to do ministry the following year.
From UNC alone, we have a total of 10 seniors who are graduating this spring and are choosing to do a Go Now commitment for two years with the Summit Church and Campus Outreach. These commitments range from overseas missions in Malaysia, church planting in Baltimore with the Summit Church, going on staff with CO Raleigh, and doing missions in the local Durham neighborhoods.
Please pray for our seniors as they come to an end with their college career and begin the transition to living outside of a college ministry. Pray that they would value seeking community and discipleship in the context they are in. Pray for their support as some of the seniors begin raising support to go overseas or on staff with Campus Outreach. And lastly, pray that they would see the power of the Holy Spirit move through the people they are reaching out to and see lives change as a result of the gospel.
Blog Post By: Stefanie Watts