you to a website colorful and full of information. It promotes Baptist Student
Ministries by sharing exciting information about Oasis meetings, Bible studies,
prayer ministry, parties "with a purpose," conferences and the CrossSeekers
program. Oasis meetings provide a time when students can meet for open
discussion and worship. CrossSeekers centers around a six-point covenant
addressing integrity, spiritual growth, witness, service, purity and
Cruikshank creates an environment of accessibility through the website,
which states: "If you have questions of a spiritual nature (no matter what your
denominational or faith background), or personal or academic concerns, you can
find Cruikshank at his office… or at our club's office… leave a phone message…
or send them an e-mail." Cruikshank, and his wife, Marybelle, communicate
The website has helped establish Cruikshank's office as a place for
spiritual guidance at the University of Calgary. He holds the position of
chaplain, which provides resources and a relationship with staff and
Cruikshank relates the story of a student who came to his office on campus
last semester. "The young man was from a Chinese background and had little
understanding of Christianity. However he was very open and within an hour was
asking what one had to do to become a Christian. I was able to lead him in a
prayer to commit his life to Christ." Cruikshank continues to disciple the
young man and celebrate the "joy of a new life in Christ."
Cruikshank and his wife know first-hand how campus ministry can be used to
win students to Christ. They both became Christians through the Baptist Student
Ministry on the campuses where they attended college.
"I constantly encourage students to be ready at all times to share the hope
that is within them. I also encourage students to be involved in university
activities outside of the Christian clubs and community. I was reached as a
member of a bowling club. Marybelle was reached by the personal witness of a
Christian in her class.
"I believe that Baptist Student Ministries is one of the greatest tools God
is using to call Christians in order to equip the many new churches that are
being started in Canada."
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