June 30, 2013 by Thomas MacMillan
“I’ll get baptized if you do!” Emiley said, turning to her friend Kaitlyn. At the end of their first year of college, both women were ready to publicly declare that Jesus is their Lord.
Back in September, Emiley didn’t see that end coming. Although she grew up as a Christian in a small town in California’s central valley, she had never experienced faith lived out in Christ-centered community. In the first few weeks of school, she saw classroom chalkboard advertisements for Cru, but decided not to go because she didn’t know where the lecture hall was.
When school resumed in January, Emiley again saw a Cru advertisement, but this time with a familiar lecture hall. Through the weekly meeting, she met other freshmen in her dorm who were pursuing Christ together in a Cru Bible study. The friends she made through the study gave her a chance to talk honestly about life and faith, and showed her that it was “okay to be uncertain” when others who love the Lord are there to help.
In the Spring quarter, Emiley’s story intersected with Kaitlyn, another freshman who decided to walk with Christ in
April and began attending the same Cru Bible study. After growing in their faith together, they decided to take a step to be baptized through the local church right before the last week of classes. On June second, Emiley and Kaitlyn were baptized together in front of four hundred people, including non-Christian family and floor mates.
“Before, I thought it was impossible for someone in college to fully dedicate their life to Christ,” Emiley said, “but God provided me with community of other Christians who genuinely care about my relationship with Christ.” Next year, she will help lead a Bible study in her old dorm area. Praise God for creating life-changing community at UC Davis!