Today, about 15 of us spread out all over campus initiating with hundreds of students, sharing with them the vision of Impact and inviting them to come to an informational meeting later in the day.
As we stepped on campus today, we had no idea what was in store and we simply hoped that by the end of the day, we would have surfaced 1 or 2 students who would be interested in starting Impact at Long Beach State.
Amazingly, 23 students showed up to our information meeting to find out about Impact. Many others expressed interest in coming to the meeting but were unable to attend the meeting because of a conflict in their schedule.
What was most incredible to me about this day compared to other events we’ve done, is that after we finished with the “official” program, about 8 students stuck around and continued to ask questions (“tell us more about Impact”, “what is it about?”, “how can we get it going?”, “what do we do?”). I’ve never seen as many students with a genuine interest. After a while, 4 of the students left and there were still 4 remaining students who continued to engage with us. I finally said, “you’ve all been here for a while asking questions about Impact. It seems like you’re really interested. Would you 4 be willing to help get this group started on this campus?” They all said yes!
Those of us who were there until the end were amazed at the turnout and the response. Several students commented on the need for Impact. One student remarked on how he had gone been going to a general Christian ministry and it was awkward at first because he’s a black student and the group is not culturally black. He went to their Fall retreat and that helped it to be less awkward but he said that his friends would not go to that group with him. He sees the need for a group that would be attractive to those who are culturally black.
Please pray for these 4 students (Spencer, Liz, Amethyst and Brian). Pray that they would be able to coordinate another meeting with other interested students to move forward in getting Impact chartered at Long Beach State.
Pray for the other students who have expressed an interest to get involved.
Pray that we would see several of these students attend our Impact conference in New Orleans this December. Pray that finances would not be an issue.
Thanks for praying for us and please continue to pray!
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