Across the country, Cru Campus movements are having fall retreats.These times focus on Jesus and build community among the students.The retreats are attended by believers, but also those just checking out the movement. Patrick, the featured speaker for the fall retreat for George Mason University wanted to use the film Flow, made by Broken Phonebooth (David’s new team with The JESUS Film Project), as an illustration for his talks.
Flow features a man who is fascinated by the water pouring out of his kitchen faucet. But for drinking water, he goes elsewhere… his toilet bowl.When a friend comes over, he gives him an empty glass, and even his friend goes to the toilet bowl.This short film prompts the question,
“What causes us to seek out substitutes for the real thing?” It shows how we have real life available to us and yet we’re willing to accept very poor substitutes.
Patrick shared about the retreat:
“It was phenomenal. I spoke Friday night on the topic of Jesus as the Living Water. It was evangelistic and I showed the first part of the film. In every session, I talked about us settling for toilet water.
During the second session, I showed the second fourth of the video, and spoke on dealing with the storms in life. Then I spoke on what it really means to seek the Lord and walk by faith and showed the third fourth of the film and built anticipation for how the thing was going to end.
The final session was around the theme of bringing a drink of water to a thirsty world–or, what do we do now, back on campus? Then I showed the final segment.The students were expecting his friend to help him discover good water.They were surprised when his friend showed up and behaved the same. It helped drive home visually the idea that the blind are leading the blind spiritually–and that they are encouraging each other to drink toilet water.
It was a home run! They actually named the theme of the retreat “Flow,” and it was all very cohesive. I heard a number of students share some really profound ways in which God touched their hearts during the weekened and two students came to know Christ.”
- For God to work powerfully connecting students to himself and each other through fall retreats taking place.
- For God to continue to use the visual tool of film to touch peoples’ lives!
- David will likely have some trips coming up; you can pray for us while he is away, and that the trips are fruitful.
- God drawing people to himself!
- For opportunities to share with others locally what God is doing around the world.
- Mikayla turns 9 this month! (How did that happen?)