Class of 2018
I sat quietly by the lake at Rockbridge trying to focus my mind on introspection and prayer during our four-hour Retreat of Silence. I was restless and distracted. So I moved toward the sandy beach and stretched out on a beach chair. Finally I was able to focus. I began to mull over the verses we had been given, which were from John. One stuck out to me. It was John 15:3 “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.”As I contemplated how God’s message of healing applied to my life, an image came to my mind. I reached down and drew a heart in the sand. Then I drew cracks on it and wrote the word broken next to it. Below it I sketched another heart where I turned the cracks into individual crosses. Next to the second heart I wrote healed.This image was a powerful tool that allowed me to process that God doesn’t just heal once, but an infinite amount of times. My heart has scars from pain, but I praise God that he brings healing to my heart through his unending love and grace.
Class of 2017
A few weeks ago, I went on the UrbanPromise trip to Wilmington, Delaware for the first time. During that week, I watched my brothers and sisters serve around me with such a profound sense of joy in everything they did. This ranged from making their friends sandwiches for the next day, staying past our allotted time to make sure the floors were extra mopped, or doing literally a 3-hour affirmation game to tell people how much they loved each other. We spent lots of time playing games with the kids and helping with after-school tutoring.
The most profound things in life are things that we already know. However, it is when we actually experience these things for ourselves that causes radical transformation. And it doesn’t get more profound than the Gospel! God has used InterVarsity to allow me to experience the Gospel in my life.
Class of 2017
As soon as I set foot on campus with my first year of college ahead of me, I knew that something that would greatly impact my next four years would be my spiritual community. I visited several Christian organizations on campus but what drew me in the end was the way the InterVarsity community loved me. As I attended weekly large group meetings, joined a small group and participated on the worship team, it became evident that this chapter was really pursuing Jesus. Fast-forward a few semesters and I can now look back and say that IV was such a crucial part of my college experience. When I encountered hard times – whether it was spiritual, relational, physical or academic – the IV community kept me encouraged and accountable. And at the end of the day, I love that this was a place where I was constantly reminded that it all comes back to Jesus