Some days serving at the University of North Texas are just plain hard. UNT is very different, in comparison to the college I attended. Most students do not care about God or want to engage in spiritual conversations. This is not because they don’t see the reason for believing in God, but because they really just don’t care. I am learning that when you make the conversation about meeting their needs and hearing about their lives, the Holy Spirit moves.
Each week the Baptist Student Ministry serves free lunch on Wednesdays at noon. A different church provides each meal and help serves hundreds of students on campus. I see new faces every time.
I am the first person the students see when walking into the BSM. Truthfully, I love being the first smiling face they see. My goal is to make them feel welcomed, but that isn’t always an easy task. Most students at UNT are always looking for the hidden agenda. They want to know “Why are they feeding them?” or “What’s the catch?“
I have to convince a student that it’s okay; it’s just a hot dog, or just a taco salad. It’s funny to think they are so scared to accept food because they might be told something they do not want to hear. At first I did not understand this. Then I remembered my life before Christ. I thought what I was being taught was crazy. I thought it was foolishness. I thought that could not be my life, but then I met Jesus.
In the story of the feeding of the 5000, Jesus meets the people’s physical need, and because that need was met, they began to trust Him. This trust led to conversations with Jesus and ultimately coming to know Him as Savior and Lord. Free Lunch is one of the easiest and hardest days of my job. I can easily have conversations with unbelievers, but those conversations are hard. However, they produce fruit. Students are presented with Jesus each week through various ways, but first we meet their physical need. The Lord uses free lunch to bring people to Himself and the students of UNT are shown Jesus.
Lauren McKee currently serves as the campus missionary of University of North Texas.