Being a CU Staff Worker brings you across the path of an extraordinary number of extraordinary people.
There’s the obvious crowd- the students, changing and re-grouping year in, year out, and yet who never fail to surprise me with their creativity, love for their friends and commitment to making CU work.
There are the people you get to work alongside – Relay workers who stick around for 10 months then venture off to something new, leaving behind a trail of people who have been enriched by their efforts and service (this includes their staff worker!) And other staff who are around for the long haul, like you, with whom you share in the same struggles and joys, upholding one another in prayer as we go.
Each new city you visit has it’s own network of local churches to connect with – student workers, church leaders, chaplains and volunteers, who’s day-to-day jobs intersect with the student world in all sorts of ways. I have become incredibly thankful for the long-term, on-going work of local churches who love and care for one another, and who long for the gospel to be known and believed in the place that God has put them.
And beyond this, there are faithful supporters who you have the privilege of meeting on your travels – being prayed for, cared for, encouraged, accommodated and fed by people who love Jesus and love students, and who are willing to give and pray that the two would meet.
In the past four years I’ve been richly blessed by partnering with these folk, by the good example they’ve set, by the grace, forgiveness and kindness they’ve shown me and allowed me to shown them, and by seeing through all this glimpses of the God who has loved us and brought us together in Christ. The unity we have in Jesus really means we are better together!
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”