Our weekend was filled with enjoying 2 types of Greek-ness…BOTH the Greek Festival, (as in the nationality), and the fraternity and sorority scene!
Saturday night we made a date of Columbia’s 22nd Annual Greek Festival. It was fun to people watch and see all the little kids dancing to the Greek music.
And, best of all…we ate Gyros and Loukoumades (Greek donuts) till our tummies were stuffed! I think the food was the real reason we went!!
Sunday morning was “Greek Day” at First Baptist of Columbia. More than 900 fraternity and sorority students packed the pews and were honored for their philanthropic service to our community. Of course, the primary reason they were invited was to build a bridge of connection and care between the church and the Greek Community. It is an awesome outreach and not one student left their without hearing the Gospel (and being fed fried chicken, mac and cheese, green beans, rolls, sweet tea and brownies). What a great weekend!
I just got home from one of the sweetest appointments I have ever had.
A freshmen, Zeta Tau Alpha, girl met with me at Starbucks this afternoon. We got to know each other for a little while and then I asked her about her spiritual background. She told me, “I have only been to church 5 times, but I think that now that I am at college I want to have God as a part of my life…” I told her that was awesome and asked if I could share with her how she could begin a personal relationship with God. She obliged me and I shared with her How You Can Know God Personally
She had several questions, like, “what do you have to do to be good enough for God?” We talked about Ephesians 2:8-9 and how it is totally something we don’t deserve, but that God gives us. She said, “so God doesn’t care what we do? That seems weird.” So we talked about grace being free, but not cheap. It cost God everything and only He can give us the power and desire to change.
When I asked her what would stop her from accepting Christ’s payment for her sin she said, “I have never known anything about the Bible or about God. I just learned everything I’ve ever known about God from what you just told me. But I feel like I need to know more about something before I put my faith in it.”
I was kind of taken aback by her innocent honesty and didn’t know exactly what to say! We rehearsed again the essence of all you would need to know to start a relationship with God and planned a time to meet again in the next few days…please pray for her! I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in her life :)