Last Fall, I shared some of my thoughts with 200 or so Cru staff about how the work they are a part of on the campuses throughout California, Arizona and Hawaii is very much like mining for gold.
1) Like miners, they are bringing the light of the gospel to very dark places, as the university campus is a very hostile environment when it comes to talking about Jesus.
2) Like miners, they are entering into the loud and messy coal mine shafts that represent the broken and shattered lives of students, where we have the privilege of pointing them towards the savior, who carries away the dirt and grime of their sin.
3) Like miners, our staff swing their pickaxes day in and day out, chipping away at the bedrock of the campus, discovering tiny gold nuggets, representing the untapped potential of students, who will become the next generation of pastors, missionaries, educators and entrepreneurs that will help transform society on earth as it is in heaven.
Then, these students, these gold nuggets, come together as equipped ministers of the gospel to create a spiritual movement, a crown of splendor that God uses to glorify himself and to fulfill his purposes. It can be a dirty job, but it's our honor to do it. Thanks for giving us that opportunity!