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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Nathan Mueting is a member of the Lipscomb University golf team. He led Lipscomb’s efforts to bring an event called After Dark to Lipscomb on Tuesday night. The following is Nathan’s report following Tuesday night’s event.
After Dark Ministries has been traveling the country for the past twelve years. They have been to hundreds of campuses and reached nearly 400,000 students. The overall goal of the night is to expose college students to the person of Jesus so they can decide for themselves if He is in any way relevant to their lives today.
Tuesday night Lipscomb was blessed to host this amazing event. Last summer God brought me in contact with After Dark through my work at Kanakuk Kamps in Branson, Missouri. With God’s help and an amazing team I was able and honored to lead After Dark Nashville.
This was the first time After Dark had ever done a multi-school event. Not only did we invite Lipscomb, but also Vanderbilt and Belmont. We had a team of over 100 wonderful volunteers split between theses three campuses. We used flyers, posters, and social media to get the word out about the event.
The speaker for the night was Joe White, president of Kanakuk Kamps, and truly one of the greatest men I have had the privilege to know. Any time spent with him completely blesses your life and inspires you to be the best reflection of Jesus you can. His heart is pure and he strives daily to give everything he has while relying on God to give him the strength to continue.
He spoke in Lipscomb’s chapel the day of the event. He convicted us in a loving and refreshing way. I heard students say that this was the best chapel they had ever been to. Others said this chapel alone was life changing - that they could not wait to see what God could do through him later that night at the main event.
Needless to say, the hours of work that began in July of this past summer were coming to fruition. The vision that God had given our team was being realized. The countless meetings, setbacks and struggles were well worth it when we saw one student come forward and step out in faith. The stage was now set for one of the most impactful nights of this school’s history and the buzz was certainly in the air.
Our mindset through this process was that we would do everything we could, push through every door we saw and give every effort we had. Then no matter the outcome we could rest easy knowing that it was up to God. We trusted in His incredible faithfulness and man did he deliver.
God brought about 1,600 students to the event. He called hundreds of those to respond in faith by writing their sins down on a piece of paper and coming to the stage and physically nailing their sins to a large cross they had made for the event.
Eleven students were baptized including five Lipscomb student-athletes. Here are their names:
Matt Hall (men’s cross country/track & field)
Bethany Imperial (women’s track & field)
Chad Shannon (baseball)
Mason Shepherd (men’s cross country/track & field)
Alex Wagner (women’s soccer)
Alexander McMeen, one of our cross country/track & field athletes, had the great blessing of baptizing his little sister Ellen. It was an amazing night that will forever hold a special part in my heart.
In my time here at Lipscomb God has used people and events to change the person I was to the person I am. This event was truly Him using an unworthy sinner to do something only He could do. I am humbled to have been used as a tool to change lives of those I love and hopefully help begin to reshape our campus and the city of Nashville.
I would like to thank our campus captains - Laura Bennett from Lipscomb, Ted Moock and Richard Twardzik from Vanderbilt and Claire Zetak from Belmont. Without their extraordinary efforts this special night would never have been possible.