1998miss.com/Skirt Society Featured Blog Post #1
Why your college campus is your mission field.
Did you know that “approximately 70 percent of Christian teens entering college will walk away from their faith” (Michael F. Haverluck, 2017). Onenewsnow.com
Just take a moment to think about that number and how large it is! That’s 7/10 students who although they once professed to know Jesus, once were living the Christian Faith choosing to give it up for the pleasures of this world.
While that may seem like a crazy amount of students, when you examine a college campus you will begin to understand why that number is so high. As a Junior in College, I can say first hand that a college campus is not an easy place to live as a Christian let alone as an Apostolic young lady. With a large party culture and overwhelmingly secular atmosphere, it is often hard to feel the presence of God. The spiritual warfare that goes on college campuses is not something to take lightly as it is often the very demise of many young students who will leave the Christian faith. There are battles of loneliness, oppression, depression, addiction, anxiety and fear rage on college campuses with spirits hoping to feast on young students minds. I know this because I struggled with loneliness, oppression, depression, and fear. I felt alone, empty and weak with constant feelings of attack from the enemy. It was on my college campus where the devil took my joy for almost three months and told me I was not smart enough to succeed, that I should just give up and go home, that I would never make any friends, that I wasn’t welcome at my school, that I wasn’t wanted at my school, and that I wasn’t going to do great things for the kingdom of God. I went through the greatest struggle I have ever gone through on my college campus in Tennessee. You see the devil can work on college campuses because the minds of so many students are still being molded and shaped there. Students begin to choose their own moral values separate from their parents. Some students will choose to live differently than how they were raised. Students will face temptation daily to take part in activities which often will develop an addiction. An addiction to alcohol, smoking, drugs or engagement in unhealthy relationships. The social culture poses challenges to living separate while being social. The learning environment is structured to leave faith out of the conversation and to make students feel they are unable to talk about God in the classroom. Students are challenged by theories of evolution and are subject to worldly beliefs created to justify things only God could do. Religion is taught with recognition of Christ as a story which was created only to enrich the lives of humans. I took a course in the Religion department where I was VERY challenged as a believer and where I struggled daily to succeed. As a pre-med, psychology student I have been taught so many principles which completely deny the power and existence of God. There is an overwhelming
spirit of atheism and liberalism which roams on college campuses seeking to destroy and lead students astray.
This is a very real depiction of what a college campus is like and as a young apostolic girl that in college I must confess that there is a real danger for students.
This may sound scary but it is the truth and it is only the truth which will allow you to realize the extreme need for YOU to choose to be a light in the darkness and a missionary on your college campus. There are thousands of students each year who will choose to walk away from God, there are hundreds of students who may have never heard the gospel of Christ and will never if you don’t take a stand to be a witness. Living for God isn’t enough we must be active in Bible studies, campus ministries and with discipleship. Don’t give up standards when you get to college when your parents are not there because the number one way I get to tell people about Jesus is by them asking me why I dress the way I do. God didn’t call us to be like the world he called us to be separated from the world. We must also remember that sin is only good for a season and after the season is over you will only feel emptiness.
The number one way you can be a missionary on your college campus is by simply choosing to talk about Jesus regardless of what feels comfortable. Tell the international students about God, invite them to church, tell the boy in your 9AM biology class about your Sunday morning worship service, tell your professor that you won’t be wearing pants to lab because of your commitment to modesty, spend time with those who don’t know Christ, learn a foreign language for a country you feel called to go to, teach a Bible study to students from different religious backgrounds on campus, show love to others and most importantly live boldly because Christ called you to do so.
By Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley a modest fashion blogger at 1998miss.com. A Missouri gal and undergraduate student at Sewanee studying Psychology, Pre-Med and Chinese. Alexa is called to missions and you can follow her on instagram @1998miss
Some verses to encourage you in your mission:
Philippians 4:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 I can do all things through [a]Christ who strengthens me.
2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.
Nehemiah 8:10 Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Psalm 32:7-8 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Exodus 33:14 My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.
Isaiah 43:1-3 Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord you God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Psalm 138:3 When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.