My name is Amanda and I am a campus missionary at Oregon State University with a ministry called Every Nation Campus (ENC). We exist to equip and empower students with the love of Christ to engage their campus, friends, family and career fields. We have student-lead small groups on campus to engage non-Christian or disconnected Christian students in faith-related conversations. In the past two years we have grown from 4 small groups to 24 this past term.
Although many of the leaders focus on inviting their specific friends, some groups focus on specific types of student populations like: international students, Greek life, student-athletes, etc. We are seeing great growth and look forward to seeing what God will do in the future.
When I arrived at OSU six years ago, I didn’t know God and I was lost in the sea of college culture. When I was a freshman I was caught up in this world that eventually landed me in the hospital after being sexually assaulted at a frat party. I was at rock bottom and didn’t know who to turn to. A couple of girls who were apart of ENC at Oregon State began inviting me to church and small groups. They showed me God during a time when I felt numb, worthless and broken. Over the next few years, I developed a meaningful relationship with my Creator who healed my soul from the inside out.
The reality is that 1 in 4 girls will be sexually or relationally abused during their time at college. A lot of these girls have questions about God and don’t have the spiritual or religious resources to go to. After I became a Christian, I didn’t know who to talk to and I had so many questions about what God thought about my trauma. I believe that God is calling us to bring healing and truth to women on this campus. In the winter of 2019, we will be launching a small group on campus that allows girls to come to a safe place to question and process faith during their healing process. We will discuss different topics related to trauma like shame, guilt, forgiveness and healing. I will assist in leading the group, along with a couple of female students and a licensed trauma therapist to facilitate conversations.
I believe that much of the college culture isolates, increases unrealistic expectations, and shames women. We can create a countercultural movement of Christian women rallying over their identity in Christ and bring the type of healing and truth to change OSU, other colleges in Oregon, and to every college in this country. As women of God, we must link up arms and pull each other forward into the calling, strength and love God has for us. I believe that God is calling each of us to find the wounds and scars in our individual communities and bring Him into those dark places. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” I pray that the Christians at Oregon State bring the abundant healing and loving life of God to a campus that is in desperate need for it.
If you are interested in hearing more about our ministry, how you can be involved or partner with us please send me an email at email@example.com. I am currently developing a partnership team in order to return to the campus and do the work that God is calling me to. I would love to talk to you more about how together, we can see women healed by the same God that healed us.
Romans 10:15 says,
“And how are they to hear without a preacher, and how are they to preach unless they are sent.”
A big warm hug and thanks to Amanda McBride for coming on the blog today and sharing with us this incredible and powerful ministry that God has for the campus of Oregon State University!