Cheering Like Crazy

It’s always a tense, hopeful moment.  Each year during Chapter Time at the Fall Conference (the time on

Saturday night when CNU gathers away from the other students) we spend some time celebrating God’s work in our lives by feasting upon Krispy Kreme donuts.


We celebrate students’ union with Christ in segments, beginning with that weekend, moving to the whole semester, all the way back to 10+ years, by asking them to step into the middle of the circle, grab a donut, and then the rest of us cheer like crazy.


So each year I ask, “Did anyone this weekend, put their faith in Christ for the first time, or make a radical re-commitment and redirection of your life towards God? If so, come grab a donut so we can celebrate with you.”  


Tense–because some years none come forward, and it feels a bit awkward.  Hopeful-because I amalways praying that non-believers will trust in Christ!


This year the hope defeated the tension.  TWICE!  Two students got up, and went to the middle of the large circle of Captains to grab a donut, and we did in fact, cheer like crazy people!  


Certainly we cheered over the students who had put their faith in Christ in the past semester, past year, and so forth.  And it is always delightful to hear how God has encouraged and challenged the students in the various tracks they participated in.  (God knows that we have just as much grace to be thankful for in the middle and end of our journeys as we do at the beginning.)


But there is always something special about celebrating God’s initial work on our hearts.  Thank YOU for your financial gifts and your prayers that helped to make this all possible!


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