Melody and I spent our Saturday participating with Maryland Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) on a prayer walk at the University of Maryland, College Park, along with Grace Community Church. It turned into a very fulfilling day. Cru has some wonderful people in it, and it was great to reconnect with them. We did the prayer walk a year ago, so it was great to see some familiar faces. It was a part of Grace Community's annual ServeFest, which provides for an opportunity to serve in numerous ways all across the community.
We arrived at 9:30 a.m. and we were split up into groups to walk around the campus and pray for specific parts of the school, with Maryland students leading us and being tour guides. Obed, who led us last year, also lead our group this year. We trekked down to the Memorial Chapel on the Southeastern side of campus, overlooking US 1. We prayed for all of the religious groups on campus, including Cru, that God would bless them and help them share and spread the love of Jesus around the entire school.
Our next stop was the Armory, followed by the big "M." We continued to pray for different aspects of the student body and campus life, allowing for each member of our group to pray as the Lord led them. We stopped in Hornbake Plaza, where we prayed for the international students, and posed with the display of flags representing students from each country.
Our next stop was Byrd Stadium, where we prayed for student athletes, then we prayed for freshmen students at the North Campus Diner. Our last stop was the Riggs Alumni Center, where we prayed for the Maryland Alumni.
Following the prayer walk, we enjoyed the Maryland Day activities all over campus. It was well attended, with thousands of people. We stopped in at Cole Field House for a bathroom break and we watched kids play laser tag on the main floor, sponsored by the ROTC. They were having a lot of fun. We grabbed some lunch at the Stamp Student Union, and I uploaded some pictures to Instagram and Twitter. We got some ice cream at the Maryland Dairy (Melody got "Midnight Madness" and I had "B1G."
While eating our ice cream, I received a tweet from the University's Twitter account telling me that one of my #MarylandDay photos had been selected for a prize. We headed over to the Visitor's Center and received a Maryland Day cooler, t-shirt, and tote bag. Awesome!
We enjoyed our Maryland Day activities and the prayer walk, and it made for a great day on campus. We're extremely thankful for the hospitality of the Maryland Cru students, and the fun events put on by the University. Jesus is alive and working through the students at Maryland, and that's great to see.
Have a great evening, everyone!
|Melody at the big "M"|
|Melody and Testudo|
|Our prayer walk group, led by Cru students, at the Chapel|
|The Maryland Chapel|
|Inside the Maryland Chapel|
|Melody in the midst of the flags (chosen by the University for the prize pack)|
|Testudo overlooking Maryland Day activities on McKeldin Mall|
|Melody and me at Cole Field House|