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Club Spotlight: UA Christian club Cru asks students to tell their story of faith

Charyse Betts, a senior studying English and creative writing, approached the microphone singing part of the theme song to Fresh Prince of Bel Air. The laughter from the audience faded as Betts explained how her life was twisted upside down.

Cru, a UA Christian group, hosted My Story Wednesday night, where students shared their stories about faith.

“We’re going in with no expectations set, but we’re hoping people can come to hear the story of Jesus and to know what it means to know Jesus and how his life can relate to our own.” said Emily West a junior studying family studies and human development.

David Lopez, religious studies senior and a UA baseball player, also shared his story about finding faith.

“I went to church with my family hung-over thinking, what’s this about? I realized I hadn’t given God a real shot, I didn’t have a real relationship with him.” Lopez said. “So I started to do it. I kind of did it bitterly like ‘oh I’ll try you God and I’ll do this 100%, but if it doesn’t work I’m going to go back to doing me.’ But the more I ran with it the more I found a fullness to life.”

Six members of Cru walked across stage holding a piece of cardboard displaying the fears they felt before following Jesus. Then, before exiting the stage they flipped over the cardboard and showed how they feel now.

“I thought it was really cool to hear how people’s lives changed even if they were skeptical at first,” said Elizabeth Harris a freshman studying engineering. “I didn’t have the same experience and struggles but I can still identify with what they said and it inspired me to concentrate on my relationship with God.”

More than 200 students attended the event. Kelsey Meeks, a public health junior, said Cru intends to hold similar events in the future and hopes more people will attend next time.

“Tonight was a success,” Meeks said. “I really believe in the message of this event and that there are people on this campus who haven’t heard who Jesus is and I want to give them the opportunity to hear who he is.”

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