We just finished our RUF at BSU summer conference this week! We were able to take about 16 Students (a large percentage of our Tuesday night crowd) to Jackson Hole Wyoming to stay in a Mansion of a house on top of a mountain. We had the former RUF at Duke Campus minister, Will Spokes, come with us as the speaker each night. The topic of conversation all week was The Church. We talked about, What the Church is, what is the point of the Church, why should we join a local church, and How the Church should engage culture. The conversation is one that comes straight out of the mission statement of RUF “To reach students for Christ and equip them to serve the Church”.
Our speaker prompted a few good conversations between some of the students and myself about the importance of the Church, as opposed to solely engaging in conversations with peers about the scripture. A few of the students have even stated that they will probably join the local church soon as a result of the week. One student (brother of a BSU students who has attended university in Washington without an RUF) was able to come and he is considering going back to school and reestablishing his relationship with the church for the first time since starting college. These are encouraging things, though I feel that the conversations on this topic will be on going as students think about it more.
Pray that the topic of conversation will sink into the hearts of those who are not already members of the church (which many of are students are or have been
considering it). Also, Pray that this summer wont be a time where our students spend time away from the Gospel but a time that they dive deeper themselves and that they continue to attend church weekly. As RUF meetings are not church meetings but a means to reach students for the Church and then plug those students into the church.
In addition to our talks about the church, we had a ton of fun playing games and exploring the park (We were in the the Grand Tetons after all). On the first day we went hiking/snowshoeing in the Nation Park around Jenny Lake and even saw a Moose! On Day two we had “RUF Olympics” where we broke up into two teams (GO Team Yellow!) and competed in all types of recreational activities! Day three we took it easy in the morning and in the afternoon went into town for ice cream and nicnaks. (Huckel Berry Ice Cream is the best). In the time between activities we played spikeball, cornhole, disc golf, Kubb, board games and more.
Overall I would say it was the best way for us and our students to start the summer season before they all disperse across the North west for summer jobs and spending time with family. We had great Bible based conversations and worship, Christian Fellowship, and the best retreat food you could ever have (since it was homemade by us for us alone).
Thanks for your prayer and support and making this happen!