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Wednesday
Nov062013

Sent

As some of you may know, Campus Outreach Raleigh partners with The Summit Church in Durham, NC. This means our staff are considered Summit Church staff as well as Campus Outreach staff, and Campus Outreach Raleigh is under the authority of The Summit Church. Our students regularly attend Summit Church services on Sundays and have reaped many benefits from sitting under the teaching of JD Greear. Currently, we are going through a sermon series called Sent. Sent is a series that travels through the book of Acts to investigate what the early church looked like and how our church should look similarly. We have learned about the boldness of the early church, how the gospel is for all people not just Jews, the foundation of the early church, and much more. This series could not come at a better time as seniors have been challenged to be “sent” after college and are now meeting with God to make the decision of where they will go.  At the end of November, they will give us their final decisions. Please pray for guidance and wisdom for these seniors as they decide what they will be doing for the next two years of their lives.

While seniors are still deciding what the next steps will be, some of our graduates are preparing to actually begin their commitments. In January, five graduates that were members of Campus Outreach during college will be going to Kenya for two years to reach students that go to college in the surrounding area and seven graduates will be moving to Southeast Asia to accomplish the same goal. I am confident that the culture of The Summit has highly influenced these decisions. The Summit does a great job of challenging college graduates to do something for the kingdom of God. We are so thankful to have a church that wants to see people grow with God and also send them out to tell others about the love of Christ. Please pray for The Summit Church as they continue in this mission, and pray for team unity and spiritual and financial provision for these teams as they take a step of faith. Below is a picture of the 12 graduates that will be sent out in January.

Blog Post By: Alexis Thieme


Thursday
Oct172013

A Complete Surrender

Lacey is a student at Meredith who was baptized during Church at the Ballpark. This is her story.

My spiritual walk with God is the most AMAZING thing that has ever happened to me. As a child, I was baptized Catholic and went to Church regularly with my family. During High school, I decided that I didn’t believe in God, Heaven, or the Bible at all. I loved my science classes at school and I thought there was no possible way that a higher being could have created the Earth. I was so skeptical and judgmental towards anyone who believed in God because I thought the idea of God was absurd! I lived my life strictly for myself. I thought I could control every aspect of my life, including the people in it. I was the Queen of my world, and honestly, religion never crossed my mind. I relied on boys and friends for my happiness, and I was always known as a really happy and cheerful person. Nothing bad had ever really happened to me, and I thought I was doing a pretty good job controlling my world.

I came to Meredith with a very serious boyfriend and I thought I had my entire life together. I met some girls from Campus Outreach, but I was totally turned off by their devotion to God. I would love to say that the Christian lifestyle was something that I envied in these girls; however, I honestly thought they were crazy. The idea of living my life for something that I didn’t think existed was completely absurd to me. The girls hung around me a lot, and were really nice, which was really comforting as a freshman. When they brought up God to me, I shut them down and challenged his existence to them daily. I was so determined to prove them wrong and show them that God didn’t exist. During February of 2013, my boyfriend broke up with me and for the first time in my life, I had NO control over what was happening. I was lost, confused, and broken.  I reluctantly decided to go on Winter Road Trip with Campus Outreach, and on the last night of the trip, during a heated Bible discussion, I realized that there was a God, and his love for me was greater than anything I could imagine. To this day I am still amazed at how God granted me this sudden faith out of the blue that night, even when I had no desire to believe in him! It was by God’s grace alone!

Months passed and I decided to go on the Summer Orlando Project offered by Campus Outreach. I thought it was okay to only believe in God, because the idea of “giving my life to Christ” scared me. During one of the talks, we discussed identifying sin in our lives. As the speaker read off a list of sins to identify, it shocked me how much sin I really had in my life.  I suddenly realized that I NEEDED Jesus in my life to make it through and I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ!  All of the sins and idols that I faced were way too much for me to handle and try to fix on my own; I needed to turn all of my sins over to God!  That’s the thing about giving your life to Christ. It’s a COMPLETE surrender of your entire life, and scary as it may sound, it was the most relieving feeling I have ever felt. I knew that I could give all of my sins and troubles to Jesus and receive his love in return. I no longer wanted to sin against him, but I craved getting to know the Lord and living my life as one of his followers.

God is now the number one being in my life. I truly have no idea what I would do without his spiritual guidance and love. It still blows me away to think about what I was missing out on my ENTIRE life and the fact that God was pursuing me, even when I pushed him away. Looking back, I was lifeless and soulless, but now with God I feel so full of life! I am SO THANKFUL to be where I am today and so amazed at how God has changed my life. I wake up every morning in shock at how God has transformed my heart this year. For the first time in my life, I feel purely JOYFUL! You think you can know what happiness is, but being filled with the Holy Spirit is a feeling of joy that one can only experience when walking with the Lord. Now I live my day to day life with “Jesus in my Place.” Although being a Christian is also one of the hardest things to live out on a day to day basis, I KNOW that Jesus is worth it. He died on a cross for ME because he loves me, and I wake up every morning knowing that God is on my side. God truly gives me such an immense amount of HOPE for my future and my family. It is so amazing how God works, and I can’t wait to see what he has planned for my future.  The love I have for God is so incredible, it gives me goose-bumps even thinking about it! I can’t wait to see how God will move in my life and the lives of others around me!

Thursday
Feb282013

Love is in the Air!

Two weeks after Valentine’s Day, I figured it would be fitting to give all of those who are keeping up with the Campus Outreach ministry the inside scoop on some awesome godly relationships. The first few are some recent weddings and an engagement, and the rest are dating relationships that have sprung up within the last year! Amazingly enough, a few of these relationships are between fellow Campus Outreach staff people! Please take a moment to pray for these great men and women, that their relationships would be full of grace, and that they would be able to model Christ-like love to one another.

The Newly Weds:

A) Cole and Ashley (formerly Marivittori) Gorman. Ashley was on staff with Campus Outreach Raleigh for 6 years, and is author of a new book called Book of Matches. Cole is the owner of a photography company called Blest Photography. They were married on September 2nd, 2012.

B) Zach and Rita (formerly Singh) Griep. Zach is the area director overseeing Campbell and NC State. Rita Singh was a student at Campbell years ago. They were married on October 13th, 2012.

C) Will and Lauren (formerly Christian) Ellis. Don’t get confused. Lauren is still a Christian, but her last name is no longer Christian. Will and Lauren both were heavily invested in Campus Outreach during college, graduated from UNC in May 2012, and were married last month, on January 12.

The Engaged Couple:

Nate Strickler, and soon to be Kate Strickler. Nate is on staff at Duke, and Kate is on staff at UNC. They are moving to Durham after they get married on April  6th:

The New Couples:

A) Megan Metz and David Roberts. Megan is on staff at NC State, and David works at Citadel Contractors in Raleigh. He was involved in discipleship with Campus Outreach during college.

B) Seth Hanner and Cali Mudd. Seth is on staff at Campbell, and Cali is on staff at East Carolina:

  

The “Going Strong” Daters:

A) Molly Fowler and Wes Smith. Molly is on staff at Campbell, and Wes is on staff with Summit College.

B) Lisa Andrukonis and Alan “Babes” Bender. Lisa is on staff at NC State, and Alan is a chemical engineer for Performance Fibers. Like David, Alan was also involved in discipleship with Campus Outreach during college.

 

C) Margaret May and Donovan Beadle. Margaret is on staff at Duke, and Donovan is on staff with Summit College, while also leading worship at the Summit Church.

Blog Post By: Grant Miller

Thursday
Feb282013

Valentine's Love

We just got back from our second of back-to back-retreats in Williamsburg, Va. This weeks retreat included students from Campbell, NC State, Meredith, and Duke University. The weekend theme was “love” as it was held the weekend after Valentine’s Day. Zach Griep, area director of Campus Outreach, spoke to nearly 200 students on the nature of love.  He asked: What is love? What does it mean to love God? How does Jesus show us the real definition of commitment and love?

On Saturday we hosted a dodge ball tournament in the morning before returning to the hotel for lunch and then another speech on Saturday night. Students were both challenged and encouraged by God’s Word as they were pushed to question whether they had ever received God’s love and exhorted to live a life of love on campus.

The picture below is the men from Duke. This year we had 19 guys attend from Duke’s campus and 9 girls! We are so grateful to get to witness God continue to change students’ lives and reach the lost on Duke and all other campus represented in the Raleigh region.

Blog Post By: Nate Strickler

Thursday
Feb142013

Double Dose

The employees of the Holiday Inn Patriot in Williamsburg, Virginia are going to need some serious R & R after this Sunday, because CO Raleigh is about to invade their hotel for the second straight weekend! Last weekend, students from UNC-CH and ECU all headed north to Historic Williamsburg for “Winter Road Trip,” which is just our fancy name for Campus Outreach Raleigh’s annual winter retreat. This weekend, students from NC State, Meredith, Campbell and Duke will be doing it all over again at the same hotel!

While this year’s Winter Road Trip is very similar to the ones we have had in the past, the split into two retreats is a very big deal! Our ministry has gotten to the point where we have too many people coming on our retreats and it’s extremely difficult to find a venue that is both sizable and realistically affordable. That’s a great problem to have, isn’t it?

Even though growing numerically as a ministry is generally a good thing, that’s not the main reason we’re so excited about having two smaller retreats. The main reason we welcome this change is because we know that on a smaller retreat, more students (and even staff, too) have to step up, take ownership and lead! One thing CO Raleigh highly values is developing young men and women into leaders who can have an impact on their campus and in the world, so our hope is that retreats like this one would provide them with more and more opportunities to do so!

Blog Post By: Zach Oyler