We have so many students at Asbury who have been feeling the void of church – especially within the past few weeks. That hollowness is stirring deep in their hearts and they yearning for the day that they are reunited with their peers. I recently had an opportunity to visit with Landon Lee, who is a junior here at Asbury. I vividly remember him saying, “Katie, I need the door of the student ministry to open back up, I miss it! I need it!” and I know Landon isn’t the only one feeling this way. Our students hearts are connected in such deep ways because of their shared experiences on our annual events, but most importantly, because God is in the midst of those friendships. I think none of them would hesitate sharing that Asbury Student Ministries have changed their lives and have built relationships that are unlike any they could find at school. This season has left them hoping and dreaming for those moments when they are reunited, not only with their friends but by worshiping God side by side of one another.
It might be helpful to sit down with your student and ask them what they miss most about Asbury Students. They may need you to prompt them to look inward at their own hearts. Some may say that they miss camp, or retreats – but chances are, they will say that they miss the people. So how can you encourage them to be intentional with those friends even if the doors aren’t open? Maybe you can make some goodie bags and drop them off at those friend’s doorstep. Maybe you can get their address and send them some snail mail. Maybe they can start a FaceTime Bible study together twice a week. Whatever it is, cultivate and encourage those friendships to keep growing – even outside the church walls. Those friends may just be some of the people who will help carry your student through some of the challenging times in their life to come.