Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Preview Weekend

We long to have our lives count for Christ and bring great glory to God. The students invited to this conference are those we have seen aligned with that vision in their own life.

This conference (Preview Weekend) helps juniors and seniors slow down and get God’s perspective on decisions about life, career and calling.  They will hear from speakers that can give great wisdom and perspective from God’s word and their own experience.

We believe that God sends each of us out of college as laborers for Christ. That’s a huge part of why Campus Crusade exists on the college campuses. This conference is a key part of becoming a lifetime laborer.  I (Carra) am very excited that I get to be our campus representative for the Triad this year.  Last year, Zade was less than a month old, so a full-tilt weekend was not feasible.  This is one of the best conferences I have attended.  The students are passionately seeing what God would have them to do with their lives.  It is a privilege to spend an entire weekend with students whose hearts are so attuned to making their lives count in the eternal!

Students are registering now.  Staff are preparing for their time with these young people. This conference is next Friday (Jan 28-30).  Please pray for the students coming, for the staff who are preparing and that we would see God raise up laborers for His harvest!

Love, Carra

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sweet time with Christ

A part of my "job" with Campus Crusade for Christ is taking an extended time with the Lord on a monthly basis.  It is a wise requirement because ministry can easily become an overwhelming list of "to do's."  My monthly extended time with the Lord is always scheduled with Pete so he can watch the little ones and give me the freedom to go off to a coffee shop (or Chick fil A) for the mid-morning. I look forward to these "Dates with Jesus" and it is always filling to my soul.

For my regular life...I usually have at least 20 to 30 minutes of Bible reading and prayer each morning before the rest of the house wakes up.  God has been so gracious to meet me in these (almost daily) times with Him even though they are brief.  This morning while the rest of the house slumbered, I woke early and instead of  taking a half an hour and then quickly onto the laundry, breakfast, email, etc. ...I lingered....

...I didn't even mean to linger... I had glanced at a magazine article left in the bathroom.  The Holy Spirit used that one snippet of perspective to send me down a precious, convicting and encouraging time with Him.  I went to the Word, I lingered in my prayer journal.  I was drawn to listen to some worship music that I had never heard before.  I have just enjoyed some sweet "extended time" with Christ that was uncoordinated, unstructured (by me at least!) and unexpected.

What a gift this chilly January morning. I just wanted to share that with you!

Love, Carra

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Listen in...

Encounter 2011

As the conference came to an end students were given the opportunity to share with others from their campus what they learned. An international student from EKU (Eastern Kentucky University) shared, “I am not a Christian. I am from Japan, and in my country we do not care about religion. I came to Encounter and now I have many friends. I feel such a strong connection with you all and I see how great God is. I want to continue to learn more about God and Christianity.”
Encounter 2011 culminated on New Year’s Eve with a time of prayer as students prayed to be “the finishers”, the generation that fulfills the Great Commission taking the gospel to ends of the earth. 

Listen to some of the talks from the conference that brought about these experiences...