Day 7Bobby and Gayle
PruettOne of Bobby Pruetts dreams is to baptize a student in the
fountain at the University of Colorado in Boulder. As mission service corps
missionaries, he and his wife, Gayle, have been ministering to students on that
campus for 14 years.
In some ways its the Berkeley of the mountains, which means its a very
free-thinking school, Bobby says. But were building up strong believers who are
learning to think and defend their faith.
Mission: To take the message and love of Christ to the students at
the University of Colorado, and disciple and help strengthen believers who will
minister to students.
Prayer request: Pray that they would effectively share the gospel,
that they would be the people God wants them to be in a transformed culture and
that their family would be an example to the students.
Bobby had plans to become an Air Force chaplain and planned his education to
follow this career path until God called him to campus ministry. Through the
program he named Christian Challenge, the Pruetts minister to young people who
face daily battles on the university campus.
At the beginning of the fall semester, Bobby and a group of Christian
students set up tables in the school courtyard where they pass out
questionnaires about religious preference, contact information and other data.
Later they contact these students and begin forming relationships.
The Pruetts give students food for thought at University of
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I like the beginning of the year because it represents an amazing potential
for student involvement and for students to consider the things of God, Bobby
says. Throughout the school year, Bobby and students from Christian Challenge
move throughout the campus, engaging people in conversation in the courtyards
and ministering in the schools common areas. The Pruetts home is also a place
of ministry. Often the Pruetts will take into their home students who could not
find or afford housing. This is where part of Gayles ministry begins.
Many students here come from an unstable home life,
she says. My prayer is that they would see a good model in a wife and mother
doing what God calls us to do.
Whether its a long-term stay, an overnight visit or a drop in, the Pruetts
second ministry to students is an open housea house with eight of their own
With that many children we always have plenty of food, Gayle says. Sometimes
people just want to get away from the college, and I think providing that
opportunity is a ministry in itself.
The way God has enabled the Pruetts to live with such a large family and yet
without a steady salary is a miracle that speaks for itself.
The Pruetts are supported by gifts from friends, family and church
Our faith has really grown, because every time we have a need, God provides
for it, says Bobby. Thats an amazing testimony to this community of what God
can do to accomplish what He wants to accomplish.
The Pruetts also are reaching students through smaller, more intimate groups
on campus as well as larger groups meeting once a week. These groups provide
strength in numbers for Christian students. Through this fellowship students
grow by temporarily getting out of the secular college environment so they can
study the Bible, pray and become more effective evangelists.
The key to reaching the campus is building up believers who arent afraid to
share the gospel, Bobby says. One of my jobs is to provide them with the proper
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