Blastoff 2022

Blastoff 2022

I am so whooped. I honestly feel a little bit like I’ve been run over by a train. But I’m so proud of the work our team of staff and student-leaders put in tonight. We scattered a lot of Gospel seed on the campus tonight at Kent State University’s annual Blastoff event. Now I’m just praying that it sprouts, sends down roots, and grows into a beautiful harvest as the year progresses.

Blastoff 2022

The survey work seemed to be harder than usual. But I’m really proud of our student-leaders who put themselves out there. They would ask, “Would you like to fill out a quick survey in exchange for some free pizza?” or something like that. And a lot of people would say “No” or just ignore them. So, it can be tough to keep going through so many micro-rejections. Still, 251 students expressed at least some level of interest in follow-up by the end of the night.

Blastoff 2022

My favorite interactions from the night were the ones I got to have with international students. I met a particularly lovely group from Brazil by the food trucks. They expressed interest in potentially checking out some H2O events. And they also said they want me to come to their World Cup watch parties in November. In addition to the Brazilians, though, I also got to talk to people from Nepal, Uganda, and India. It just felt really encouraging to have more international students back on campus again.

Blastoff 2022

So, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where we would ever turn down the opportunity to participate in an event where the University welcomes and encourages our participation. Yes: it’s exhausting. And its low-percentage ministry. Still, it’s a privilege to get a touch with so many students. I think the exhaustion is just what it feels like to “faithfully farm” during planting season.

Blastoff 2022

Ecclesiastes 3 says, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven… a time to plant and a time to harvest… a time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones… a time to search and a time to quit searching… What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has placed eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” So, I say “Amen.” Let’s trust God, and rest well tonight.

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