Did you know that 70% of students stop attending church within two years of high school graduation? Read the words of one of The Oasis Band members, Sally Henien.
Guest Blogger, Sally Henien
“Hi. I’m Sally. Do you want to come to Campus Ambassadors tonight?” It all began with a simple question and God’s perfect timing.
In October 2011, I casually invited a friend, Jess, to Campus Ambassadors (CA). Without any questions or hesitation, she said yes. “As I watched hands go up in the air and people pray, I was confused,” Jess stated. At this moment, I knew what she was thinking, “What did Sally bring me to?!” God still used this night to speak to Jess. After the evening wrapped up, Jess said, “I can’t wait to come back next week!” Since then, I have had the opportunity to share the gospel with her. In May 2012, Jess committed her life to Christ.
College is an important season in a young person’s life, where gaining independence and making choices is a serious endeavor. As students are choosing majors and questioning their purpose in life, they often turn to the secular world for their identity. Through campus ministries, we are there to support students and provide them with the truth of the gospel.
From a young age, I participated in several mission trips within the U.S. and abroad to Asia and Africa, through First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. Seeking nonbelievers and sharing the Gospel all around the world is something I love to do. God has given me a desire to minister to students at the University at Buffalo, New York, here in the Lehigh Valley, and to destinations yet to be determined, through the Campus Ambassadors ministry. Campus Ambassadors, ministers to campuses across the United States and Mexico, and seeks to create communities through which students are transformed by the power of Jesus Christ, relating them to local churches and training them as servant-leaders for Christ and His Kingdom.
Jess is just one example of the 32,000 students at the University at Buffalo (UB), who are seeking answers.
I often hear questions like:
1) Of all the world’s possible religions, why do you think the stories of the Bible are more valid than the stories of other religions?
2) If God wants everyone to go to heaven, why did He create Hell?
3) If God is all-powerful and loving, why doesn't He stop pain and suffering?
These are hard questions I am faced with every day by college students. I am determined to steer individuals in the right direction through God’s wisdom and strength. As a Campus Minister, I will have the opportunity to evangelize and disciple college students daily! I recognize that God has a calling on my life and I desire to follow that call wherever it may take me.
Since graduating from the University at Buffalo in May 2013 with a Bachelors in Psychology, God has given me a passion for reaching out to those who need guidance, love and support. I am confident that as the body of Christ, we can have a large impact on our community. However, I cannot do this alone. I am eager to share with you the full scope of what I am doing and how it will be impossible for me to move forward without your help.