From Jeremiah Kumpf: Let me tell you the story about Ben. He was a young Christian, who recently had decided to dig deeper in his faith. He had joined RUF right before the summer. That Fall, various events in his life brought him to a place of crying out to God for help. He wanted to see his relationship with God grow so he started coming to RUF regularly and got plugged into a local church.
Ben and I were roommates and actually shared a room. Many nights when I was already asleep Ben would come home after studying for Electrical Engineering and ask me all sort of theological questions. His questions at first were real simple ones like, “Is Mary Magdalene Jesus’ mother? Is John the Baptist, the author of the Gospel of John.” Eventually, these questions turned towards topics like justification, sanctification, and glorification. Then his questions went further into Reformed Theology. “What is Predestination? Who are the elect? What does Total Depravity mean?” I did my best to respond while I was half awake. I would offer him scripture to look at and books to read like Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem. He would always say he didn’t have enough time to do in-depth studies on these topics because of his other studies. Many others were aware of Ben’s struggles and questions. He was trying to discover who God is and whether he wanted the God of the Bible to be the Lord and King of his life.
Then there was a breakthrough night for Ben. While going over these very questions with other students in RUF, Ben found himself laying on the floor with his head in his hands. It was a point in which Ben became more passionate about God—his sovereignty and his plan for redemption. This passion continued as Ben to felt a call to missions. It was at this point Ben got to go on a 3-month trip to test the calling, and it confirmed that the Lord was leading him in this. Ben also began seeking out ways to reach the lost at UNF. He gravitated towards those involved in religions similar to where he thinks the Lord may be calling him in missions one day. God opened doors for him to get involved with a Harri Krishna club at UNF. He is the only Christian that attends their meetings. They mostly have roundtable discussions about issues like the problem of evil, what’s the purpose of life, and what happens at death. The people of the club call Ben “The Christian Guy.” The people in this group are always asking Ben his opinion and want to know how Christians address issues like death, is there an afterlife, homosexuality, government, school, etc.
The story of my friend Ben is just one of many that I have been able to witness and be a part of over the last four years in college. I am excited to see what the Lord continues to do in students similar to Ben through RUF and other college ministries. By God’s grace, these students are being reached for Christ’s kingdom.