By Kevin Hazlett

“And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” –Acts 1:8b

In this passage, we are commanded to take the Gospel to all people, and based on the wording of this verse, we are to do it simultaneously. What an undertaking! Thankfully, there are missionary families willing to be obedient to follow this call to wherever on earth God sends them. For this, they are my heroes. When we apply the aforementioned verse, we see it’s our personal responsibility to reach our world, starting with our neighborhood, and moving geographically outward to our city, county, state, nation, and so on.

I want to propose to you a unique mission field that touches all those areas simultaneously, and it’s right here in our back yard. In a single geographical area within our city are people from all 100 North Carolina counties. In this same area are people from all 50 states. Also living there are citizens of some 118 countries, many of which are totally closed to the Gospel. If you haven’t guessed by now, the area I’m talking about is North Carolina State University.

Next, allow me to share some names with you: Jonathan Edwards. George Whitfield. Adoniram Judson. George Muller. John and Charles Wesley. These men were some of the most widely influential for the cause of Christ over the last couple centuries. Why do I mention their names? Each one of these men were reached for Christ on a college campus.

Many major revivals and awakenings, where the Spirit of God moved in ways unlike many of us have ever seen, can trace their origins directly to prayer meetings that originated on college campuses. Google “Haystack Prayer Meeting,” or “The Oxford Holiness Club” to read more about how God started with college students, and shook two continents for the sake of the Gospel.

We have an open door before us to reach onto this campus. I would even take it a step further to say we have an obligation to reach the lost on this campus. We may be certain the secular humanists, liberals, Islamists, Mormons, Catholics, and countless others see the potential for their cause in these young people. Their presence is widely known on campus. Yet what about Christ’s cause? Are His people doing all they can for His sake to reach these young people with the Truth for which they are seeking?

Each Wednesday afternoon, folks from Beacon meet at church and ride over together to NC State’s campus to pass out tracts and try to engage the students with the Gospel. This is a great starting point. Our vision is to start an on-campus ministry where we can host Bible studies and raise up disciples for Christ. If you are reading this, I invite you to join us in this endeavor of reaching our world- on a campus near you!