More than 120 students from 25 campuses and 30 nations soaked in the word and zoomed in on biblical conversion last month, during our Fall Conference led by Paul Washer of HeartCry Missionary Society. The turnout - which included a majority of non-believers - made this the largest two-day conference in the history of our campus ministry. In addition to the times of worship, engagement and discussion, students grappled with many questions during the weekender conference, including the severity of sin, how a good and just God can forgive sin and the fact that God did not need to send a savior. God used Paul Washer mightily in this time. At least three students – from Nigeria, Pakistan, and the United States – came to faith during the weekend. We are also aware of many more whose hearts and minds were touched and are actively considering making a decision for Christ. Please be in prayer for them and for all students who attended.
Here’s more about the students whose faith was awakened at the conference:
Early this year, Shay (not his real name), a student from South Asia, met with a few attendees of the Bible Discussion group in the food court on his campus. He was intrigued, faithfully attended the group and participated extensively in discussions about the gospel, but it had no impact on his heart. At the conference, Shay was struck by the bigness of God and the depth of his sin. He said it dawned on him during Paul Washer’s exposition of verses from Romans that sinful people are in trouble before a holy and just God and have to face his judgment. The gospel, he added, came alive to him, with his head knowledge of the gospel impacting his heart. He then said, “I’m trusting Christ for salvation, no matter the cost.” In Shay’s case, the cost is likely to be high. He comes from a Muslim background family, and will face persecution, denouncement from his family and community and likely even death if news of his new faith spreads. Please pray for him and for all involved in this sensitive situation. Shay continues to attend a local church regularly and is brimming with joy and cannot stop talking about the good news.
Another example of fruit from the conference is Emmanuel, a Nigerian student who has been meeting with one of our campus workers for more than a year. While we were not convinced he was a Christian, Emmanuel thought otherwise until the conference weekend. He approached his staff worker after the conference and said: “I think I’ve become a Christian. Paul’s talk on sin was particularly good for me, because it helped me see my sinfulness and how sin is against a holy God and I don’t have any chance at righteousness in any way but have to trust in Jesus for it.” The difference between Emmanuel before and after the conference is like night and day, his staff worker says. In the weeks since the conference, Emmanuel has been baptized, and sought and voted into membership at another local evangelical church.
Finally, Tim, an exchange student from California with less than two weeks left in Dubai, also attended the conference with life-changing results. Pray that she would find a community of believers and continue growing as she makes her way back to the United States. Here also these words from Majd, a student from a neighboring Gulf country who was attending a Christian gathering for the first time in his life: “I understand know why Christians are so humble - it’s because they know that they cannot do anything to save themselves.” Pray for him as he continues to consider his faith.