Winter Awakening on NNU's Campus
by Lauren Ketchum, Class of 2021
NNU’s annual Winter Awakening was held February 18-21 in the Conrad Commons on campus. This event was an intentional time to come together as a community and reflect on God’s work in our lives and on our campus and included times for worship and to hear from guest speakers.
This year, SGA Campus Ministries Coordinator, Chris Cruz Osorio, brought Russel Leonce and his worship team from Hillside Church of the Nazarene from Kent, Washington and Norberto “Tito” Rivera from the Metro-New York area to lead the sessions.
Rivera explored what it looks like to gain traction and persevere in our faith and relationship with God and challenged students to reimagine how we perceive God to be at work. He reminded the group that we are dependent on the very breath of God to go about our daily activities, whether it's in the science lab, on the field, or even engaging with difficult texts. Because of that, we are given the opportunity to use the breath and life that God has given us to glorify God.
According to Cruz Osorio, “I believe that God is doing new and great things on our campus, and Winter Awakening was just a piece of that. Through this event, we were invited into a space of refreshment and renewal. Honestly, I am excited to see and hear about how God will continue to move in and through our campus.”
In addition to the scheduled sessions, Leonce and Rivera joined students for a day visiting Boise. While touring the capitol, they ran into Senator Buckner-Webb and were given the opportunity to sing while on the Senate floor.