AUSTIN, Tex., March 29, 2016 | Christian News Service | — Forty college campuses across the country will unite for prayer, worship and sharing their faith, during Rez Week, March 28th through April 1st. The goal of Rez Week is to “make Jesus the most talked about person on college campuses”.
“It’s one event, happening in many different locations at the same time, of students coming together to seek God for the Jesus Movement of this generation,”says Jeremy Story, President of Campus Renewal, the organization behind Rez Week.
To kick off Rez Week on Monday evening March 28th, a hundred people, both students and others, engaged in a live interactive prayer broadcast from David's Tent.
Rez Week, short for Resurrection Week, began in 1995 at The University of Texas at Austin, as a way for the various campus ministries and churches to set aside differences and come together around their belief in Jesus Christ.
“Rez Week would give us the opportunity to get our ministries together to see that we all love Jesus and want to see him glorified,”states Matt Vanderworp, senior music education major at The University of Houston.
Beginning in 1995, Rez Week took place on approximately one hundred campuses across America for several years. On the University of Texas at Austin Rez Week continues event though the national event was discontinued. In the past two years, after much prayer and interest from College pastors, Campus Renewal felt it was time to reignite Rez Week and expand it nationally.
“Every campus that starts a Rez Week is another campus that is impacted by the gospel,”says Kelsie Rogers, junior marketing major at The University of Texas at Austin, which has continued doing Rez Week the past twenty-two years, “The amount of changed lives will multiply as a result of other campuses doing this event.”
The campuses doing Rez Week include big ones and small, community colleges and four year universities, Christian and secular schools, from nearly every region of the United States. Each campus’s event will vary, from single nights of united prayer, to week long festivals with various activities.
“There are 33,000 people on our campus and only about 1% of them know Christ,”Kevin Chieng, a senior studying kinesiology at San Jose State University, expresses, “When we unite around Jesus and his glorious gospel we can reach those 33,000 together.”
Campuses participating in Rez Week understand this idea: they are not uniting for the sake of the Church alone, but are uniting for a greater purpose —to reach more of the many students who are lost or searching, who will leave the campus and become the leaders of the next generation.
“We have one of the most diverse campuses in the country,”Vanderworp explains, “With all of these countries and ethnicities represented on our campus, we have the opportunity to share the gospel with the whole world.”