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    Posted October 7, 2013 by
    Estes Park, Colorado
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    Colorado flooding

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    College Students at Fall Conference Help With Clean Up

    ESTES PARK, CO -- Students attending the Rocky Mountain Getaway conference put on my Cru, formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ, helped with the clean up of debris at a local retreat center, giving up their normally scheduled free time. These college students are from schools all across Colorado who have traveled for miles to get around the blocked off roads leading to Estes Park.

    The schools in attendance at the college included the following:

    - Air Force Academy
    - University of Colorado, Boulder
    - Colorado State University
    - Colorado State University-Pueblo
    - Denver Metro
    - University of Northern Colorado
    - University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
    - Colorado College
    - Western State

    According to the RMGA website the, "Rocky Mountain Getaway is an awesome weekend for students from all over Colorado sponsored by Cru. Join us for a beautiful weekend in Estes Park, worshipping God and growing with students from all over the state!" These students really enjoyed their time serving the community of Estes Park and didn't mind giving up their free time to do an outreach like this. I myself did attend this conference as a student from Colorado State University-Pueblo and even got the opportunity to share my faith with another volunteer who was working at the same location. The time we spent moving dirt and trees at the Aspen Lodge Retreat and Spa was well spent and rewarding. Although in the short time we had, we were not able to finish the full clean up at this location we still completed 3/4 of the mud removal.

    Students who worked on this project used all manual labor to complete the task. On the project, students were being the literal hands and feet of Jesus while serving. By the time the service project came to and end, most of the students were very tired but it was a good tired and even spent the rest of the evening attending the remaining sessions of the day.

    I personally would do this all over again tomorrow, next week, next month, or even next year because the residence of Colorado really need all the help they can get. Some of the Cru staff had spoke with a couple of residence who were living in temporary housing right now because they cannot get to their homes that survived the flood because of missing roads and large boulders blocking the way.

    It's not often that we hear stories of college students giving up their free time to help others but students that are a part of Cru are working to create movements of students worldwide who are willing to serve Jesus in their communities and share the gospel at the same time. The directors of the Aspen Lodge and two other facilities who asked for help were very grateful to have so many college students willing to come to their aid.
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