To impact the future.
Today's students are tomorrow's teachers, parents, politicians, entertainers, businesspeople, and more. Think of the impact on our world if thousands of graduates spread out into the workplace with a radical obedience to Jesus and passion for His Kingdom. We want to see families healed and nations reconciled to God - and all of that starts as college students come to know Him.
To plug the hole.
Studies tell us that approximately 80% of young people raised in church will walk away from God upon graduating high school. Stop, and read that previous sentence again. That means only one out of five graduates are likely to maintain their walk with God. One of the reasons for this is that many young people are unprepared for the challenges they will face on campus. We will provide a place for students to face their doubts, resist temptation, and discover the plan that God has for their time at Ball State.
To touch the nations.
The nations of the world have to come to America's doorstep on out college campuses. There are hundreds of international students at Ball State right now. By reaching them with the gospel of Jesus Christ, those students can return home as ambassadors for Christ to their family and friends. In fact, there are internationals here from nations that are closed to missionaries. We cannot send people there, but God has led them here. We must not pass up this opportunity.
Why Ball State?