“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14 (NASB)
Week two of the Berkeley Blitz was nothing short of remarkable.
On Friday, March 14, Larry and I had an evangelism meeting with three UC Berkeley students: Arnold, Matthew and Todd. This particular meeting was suggested by Matthew in a text to Arnold and I that read:
“Hey Roy and Arnold! This is Matthew. I thought it might be a good idea to meet up sometime for lunch or dinner to discuss some concrete things we can do for the Berkeley campus…”
We had lunch at the Lotus House in what is known as the “Asian Ghetto,” mere blocks from the Berkeley campus (I had duck soup…very good). Over 36,000 students attend Cal, of which we estimated that only 3,000 are Christians. This translates to 92% of the student population not knowing Christ as their Lord and Savior. How can this vast number be reached with the everlasting and life-changing gospel?
I have to be blunt with the students…gentle but truthful. The reason for this disparity is due, in large part, to the disobedience of the Christians on campus to take the Great Commission seriously. Until the Christians on campus understand their vital role in evangelizing their fellow collegiates and do what Jesus commanded them to, this lopsided percentage will only grow wider. They must be challenged to reach their generation.
This week I also met with Pastor Vieng, one of the pastors whose campus church I attended last Sunday. Vieng is on fire for evangelism. I suggested we have a meeting with whoever is interested in evangelizing UC Berkeley and hammer out some ideas on the best way for the campus to be reached.
(The photo above is Pastor Vieng boldly preaching on the campus for the first time in years.)
He was enthusiastic for the idea and we have set that meeting for tomorrow, March 18, at 1:00 pm. Immediately afterwards, we will break out into teams and begin bringing the light of the Gospel of Jesus to the campus. Please keep this in your prayers.
At one time Vieng would open-air preach on campus but has not done it for some time. Because of the Berkeley Blitz and our emphasis on the public proclamation of the Gospel, the fire for this kind of evangelism has been rekindled in him and he open-air preached this week. As Vieng ponders the Word, he is convinced that he needs to once again take up the holy mantle of open-air preaching and make this a regular part of his evangelistic efforts on campus. Hallelujah!
Others are catching the fire to up their evangelism efforts on the campus. Gerard is an open-air preaching friend of Larry’s who has come out on campus twice since I have been here. He preached non-stop for almost two hours this week, pouring out his heart to the students. He did a tremendous job, so much so that Arnold, one of the Asian students on fire for the Gospel, jubilantly shouted out “Hallelujah!” as he listened.
I am praying that both a revival and an awakening break forth on the campus of UC Berkeley. If the Lord might answer such a prayer, I am convinced it will happen when the Christian students lead the charge and begin to boldly and unashamedly proclaim their love and devotion to Christ in the public areas.