I sat and gazed out across the Plaza, smiling, as I prayed for blessings on the CNU Campus. Last year on the first day no one came up to me. This year I not only had prayer requests and conversation with new and returning students, but many people smiled and waved, and several read the sign and said, "Thank you," or "That's cool!" I got to speak with the Catholic priests when they passed by on their way from Mass to lunch and chatted with both the new Baptist Campus Minister and the United Campus Ministries Campus Minister. Lots of turnover in campus ministry at CNU this year.
When I was explaining what I did to one of the new students, I said, "I'm the Episcopal Chaplain and I work with Episcopal Campus Ministry. This prayer station is my ministry to the campus." And it is. I don't do it to advertise. I don't do it to recruit new students for ECM. I do it as a ministry to the whole campus. As my mentor the Rev. Dr. John Kerr says, the ministry of a college chaplain is to faculty, staff, AND students, not just to a particular group of students. I'm so grateful to be able to offer this ministry and to have the privilege of sharing the lives of the students, the faculty, and the staff. May God bless the Prayer Station ministry this year and help those who need it to find it.
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