Our stay at UCSC was short and sharp. The campus is a beautiful one, spread out upon a vast landscape of forests, farms and hills, which made it difficult to find a good central location to preach the Word of God. The Student Union was located in a steep valley, and when we arrived we weren't sure how many people would be around to listen, however, Evan began to preach and instantaneously there formed a crowd of about 40 students.
Evan was doing a sound job of exalting the righteousness of God, yet around us many students were exhibiting terribly lewd behavior. Two girls set up a table behind us to give away condoms, and they kept shouting over Evan: "Free condoms, .25 cents!" It was so awful to hear everyone cheer and applaud them while Evan was preaching the suffering of Jesus on the cross. We were being mocked intensely; some students ran up to Miles and I and threw condoms in our faces. Two other girls began kissing in the middle of the crowd. Even the professors were cursing us.
Then all of a sudden, out of the crowd an angry student approached Evan and violently kicked over our briefcase. Immediately the police jumped in, and rather than subdue the crowd or stop the attacker, told us to leave campus or else we would suffer consequences. The entire situation was against us. I don't think one person wanted to hear the Bible being preached. When we had no other choice, we left campus. The crowd clapped and cheered as we walked through them.
"And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet." (Matthew 10:14)
It was very sad to leave, but it was even sadder to see the students reject the very God who gave them everything that they have. Jesus shed His precious blood for these dear people! Father forgive them!
Please pray for those at UC Santa Cruz who so fiercely opposed the gospel. May their hearts be softened, may their ears be opened, and may the light of God shine into their poor darkened lives.
God bless my dear friends. Yours in the service of Jesus,
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)