Aaron Bacon says a University of Alaska Anchorage organization has changed his life. A natural science major from Willow, Bacon has served as the president of Campus Crusade for Christ for the past year and a half.
“[It] has filled voids in my life where I've grown closer to God, in ways I can't even describe,” Bacon said. “I'm not the same person I was two years ago.”
Campus Crusade for Christ, an international organization, came to UAA in the fall of 1999. It had about 20 to 25 active members that first semester. Now, 55 to 60 people regularly attend the weekly meetings, Bacon says.
Bringing people closer to God, Bacon says, is what CCC is all about.
“We don't want to force it down their throat, but we want to give them the opportunity to have a relationship with Christ,” he said.
Part of the CCC mission statement states just that: “Give every student the opportunity to hear the gospel message and accept Christ as their savior.”
CCC is non-denominational and all are welcome. The doors are open even to those who tear down or vandalize the club's fliers posted around campus.
“We'd love to talk to them. We want everybody to know about us,” Bacon said.
Anne Dubber, a graduate student and current member of CCC, echoes the open invitation to the community.
“There's nothing closet about us,” Dubber said.
She encourages all to attend the meetings every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Den.
“They're crazy fun,” Dubber said of the meetings where she plays the part of co-emcee for the evening's events. Music, food, games, skits, and spoofs on movie and TV celebrities are all part of a normal CCC meeting.
“It's just food, folks and fun,” Dubber said.
CCC has also shared meetings with other Christian campus groups such as Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and Baptist Student Union. There's no competition between these groups.
“We're all serving God together,” Dubber said.
Sometimes events such as barbecues or ultimate Frisbee games are held in conjunction with the other clubs.
“Christian life is fun and exciting. It's not dry and boring,” said Bacon.
The meetings do have a serious side, however. Songs of worship, prayer, personal testimony and guest speakers all help round out each meeting.
Small group studies and meaningful discussions are also a part of the CCC experience.
“People have a lot of questions about spiritual matters. Is there a god? Why do bad things happen to good people? This is stuff worth talking about,” Dubber said.
In light of the terrorist attacks earlier this month, these types of questions seem to be on the minds of many Americans.
“It made me realize how fragile life is, and ask `what do we do now?' ” said Bacon. His answer is for Christians to get up and start moving.
He says there was no doubt that Sept. 11 was a terrible day, but good will come out of it.
Dubber agrees, saying that in spite of not having all the answers for the big questions or an explanation for such tragedies, she can find peace and security in her relationship with Christ.
Bacon acknowledges that there are some people who believe he's just wasting his time with CCC. But he has a response.
“If, when we die, it's all over and there's nothing else and we're wrong, then we've lost nothing. But if we're right, then we've gained everything. “
“My life hasn't been the same since [I joined],” Bacon said. “There's no way I can turn back now.”
Information on all student clubs at UAA can be obtained at the Club Council office in room 228 of the Campus Center or by calling 786-1966. For more information on Campus Crusade for Christ contact Aaron Bacon.