A group of Texas Tech frat guys sat in a restaurant laughing over a Ben Franklin quote: “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Trace Hunt, a Cru missionary, suggested they change the quote to fill-in-the-blank. They all replied with predictable answers such as weed, sex, brotherhood, etc. Then Trace tossed out his idea of the ultimate proof of God’s love, which is Jesus.
Trace enjoys these interactions and the follow-up opportunities they bring. As a Texas Tech Kappa Alpha alum, Trace feels at home walking into a fraternity house. Drawing from his own “out of control college experience,” Trace tells the guys that “when the storms of life hit and they will hit, if you are not rooted in your faith, it is going to be painful, if not devastating.”
Using the four legs of a chair to illustrate the four dimensions of a person: the physical, mental, social, and spiritual self. Trace explains how the spiritual self often gets put on the “back-burner” during college, which leaves the person unstable and prone to toppling.
This message resonates throughout Texas Tech’s fraternity system, because they lost two young men to suicide in the past year. Speaking at a service commemorating this loss, Trace faced this storm alongside the young men as they struggled to cope. In the wake of this tragedy, several pledges wanted to meet with Trace to talk more deeply.
After speaking to the Beta Theta Pi pledges, he had the opportunity to share the gospel with four pledges, meeting individually with each one. Sigma Nu fraternity, with 15 men already meeting weekly for Bible study, asked Trace to address their entire chapter. Trace followed up with another five pledges interested in talking further. Two of them have placed their trust in Christ as their Lord and Savior. Praise God!
Trace is helping guys like Clint, Brady, and Cris, pictured on the right, establish themselves in their faith and to care deeply for their fraternity brothers. Please pray for the young men who are hearing the gospel. Pray for Trace and our other Cru missionaries as they reach out to the lost and hurting on college campuses around the world.
Robin and I praise the Lord for your involvement in our ministry. You are a blessing to us! “We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, when we pray for you.” Colossians 1:3.
Yours in Christ,
Steve & Robin