“Winter Awakening is a time we get to pause and focus on our spiritual health,” said NNU Campus Ministries Coordinator Shaun Hall. The campus community enjoyed this annual week of spiritual focus Feb. 12-15 immediately following Awareness Week. Each year, both of these events are designed to start conversations and to open minds, and these past weeks proved the standard.
The theme of Awareness Week was “Healed.” Spencer Hassman, SGA community relations coordinator said, “I think that the theme and timing of Awareness Week was ideal this year as a preparatory time for Winter Awakening. The emphasis on spiritual mending, redemption and reconciliation created an atmosphere of growth and grace, which helped those who participated in Awareness Week to be ready for the wonderful but challenging messages and events of Winter Awakening. How fitting that one of the main points of Winter Awakening was the power that we have been given in the name of Jesus to work and to heal.”
The speaker for Winter Awakening was Benji Rodes. Rodes is a 1998 alumnus of NNU’s theology department and now works as the senior leader of the Church of the Undignified, a Nazarene church in Central Seattle. Throughout his time on campus, Rodes emphasized the changes that God wants to make in people’s lives.
In the few days that have passed since Winter Awakening, students have continued to see and talk about those changes. Junior Kody Jacobs said, “The true test of any event is the impact that it has on those involved. Winter Awakening passed the test.” His opinion was mutually held by many, such as junior Ryan O’Neill, who said, “I love that kind of environment. You can feel the Holy Spirit and its impact.” Similarly, freshman Kraymer Lorig said, “This week has been really eye opening. I think it’s what the campus needed to see and hear. Seeing that God is physically here with us and moving in all of us is what we needed to experience.”