One passion the Lord has set on Campus Life is a heart to invest in students. Sure we play goofy games, take trips, dress up in silly costumes, but in the midst of all theses events are leaders who consistently love each student. One of our leaders who helped last spring got involved in some discipleship making relationship with students. Derek went on a trip to Alabama with us last year and continues to go to numerous sporting events to sit with students as we cheer on their teams. Derek is a loved member of our leadership team, but the previous summer he accepted a job at Yellowstone Park. Students were deeply saddened to see Derek head out for a season.
Derek was able to come back this last semester to help out on Monday nights. What surprises me is that although he does not live in the area anymore because he is attending school two hours away, Derek still makes the drive each Monday night to connect with students.
What a love and compassion Derek has for students and it's because of his deep love for Jesus. Recently all the leaders and I took our student leaders ice skating and then wrapped up with a close look at Matthew 5, seeing how simple yet transformative the Beatitudes are.
Just as the Beatitudes tell us what the kingdom of God is like, let us also keep our eyes on the kingdom of God. Always looking forward to eternity as we pray fervently for Eureka students.