Ratio Christi’s Presence at Important Conferences Produces Exciting Results
By Sheryl Young
Student Hails Ratio Christi as “An Island in a Dark River” during a national conference!
So many conferences, so little time!
Our Ratio Christi staff members and field representatives are always out hosting display tables at events and speaking to groups at conferences. If we do not already have a presence in a certain city, our people will often travel to get there. Many of our leaders are so passionate about our ministry to college and high school students that they raise their own support to work and travel for RC.
Our participation in two national conferences in early November has already resulted in more students, parents, grandparents, pastors, and media members learning about our mission and vision.
Tom Griffin serves as RC’s project and syndication manager of our “Truth Matters” TV/satellite broadcast. He and Anna Rose Kitko, our chapter director at University of Tennessee Knoxville, hosted a Ratio Christi exhibit table at The National Religious Broadcasters’ Network (NRB-TV) “Defending Truth” conference in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Griffin, who is also the author of a series of apologetics books for tweens, describes an exciting occurrence:
“One ongoing conversation of interest was with a young student. Her parents had convinced her to come to the conference because she was raised Christian but had a lot of issues with Christianity. She had so many questions and misconceptions: Why is Christianity so exclusive? What about the age of the earth and science? Belief is an involuntary action. The evidence offered for Christianity isn’t convincing. She came back to our table at least half a dozen times, usually after every speaker. Cumulatively, I’m sure we spoke with her for over an hour.
But she listened intently and seemed to really think RC is special. She called us “the island in a large dark river” compared to other Christians whom she had interacted with! She stated that she liked our answers much better than those received from others. I assured her that God will provide enough knowledge for her salvation if she continues to seek, but that she would have to make a decision because belief is not involuntary.”
After hosting an exhibit table at the Legacy Coalition’s inaugural Grandparenting Summit in 2016, we were invited back this year to the second Summit – not only as an exhibitor this time, but also to lead a breakout session.
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