The will of God. It is something that we as Christians continue to try and understand but always come up short. We beg God to reveal us what He has in store for us but time and time again we are reminded how and why God is in control especially when it comes to His will for each of us. Dr. Rachel Pool, assistant professor of secondary education and a social club sponsor courageously expressed one of her most recent memories in which she had put her trust in the Lord even if there were tragic consequences.
The social club service was one of the many different events held during Christian Focus Week. This week which is centered on Hebrews 4:14-16, was kicked off yesterday evening at 9:00 pm with “Pancakes and Prayer” in the Evans Student Center. Students were able to come and eat free pancakes prepared by the Christian Focus Week leadership team and volunteers while also watching the Super Bowl L. Campus Ministries also provided students with the opportunity to wander to the Campus Ministries office and participate in different prayer activities which ranged from praying over the week to praying over different unreached and unengaged people groups around the world.
The event started out with Kyle Jackson, Nathan Street, Emily Weeden, Spencer Bryson, and Seth Bubbus leading worship in a very relaxed setting in Jones Performing Arts Center. “I liked that we sang two songs that I knew as well as a song I didn’t know so I was able to hear something new,” said Stephanie Bell sophomore mass communications major from Stuttgart, Arkansas and a member of the Women of Tri Chi.
For a lot of students, this was the first time they heard Pool speak, but they were instantly compelled by her honest story about losing her sister to Leukemia. “I learned from Dr. Pool’s story that you can still get through even the most bitter of circumstances by just trusting God,” said Chris Hegwood, sophomore accounting major from Hot Springs, Arkansas and a member of the Men of Kappa Chi. “It was very encouraging to me.” “Her story was just another example that God really does stand with us during our greatest trials,” said Bell.
Tonight also featured the “Arts and Worship Coffeehouse” in the Tiger Den which also provided students to worship God through hearing live worship music and through painting. The rest of this week will be filled with a variety of different events including a Women’s Tea and a Men’s Dinner which are being held tomorrow that all focus on the theme of Bold Approach.
For more information on Christian Focus Week, visit http://www.obu.edu/campusministries/christian-focus-week/
By: Emma Seay