The number one venue right now for connecting with new students and getting them involved in the fellowship is Ultimate Frisbee. It is a very popular sport on the college campus, and when our group plays, we mean business. You may say that that sounds like an easy job, but I assure you, sprinting for 2 1/2 hours and guarding the best player out there is no easy task. A member of UCLA’s Intramural Frisbee Team actually said that when we play, it’s longer than their practice is. We typically play three 45 high intensity minute quarters on Friday afternoons after a short warm-up quarter. Afterward, we usually go back to Pastor Winston’s house for food, fellowship, and games, or head to a restaurant around Los Angeles followed by a movie. Hosting events like this is a great way to get students involved in our ministry who are not Christians. If these students are hanging out with us, they are not out partying, engaging in debauchery and sexual immorality. We are called to be in the world, and not of it. That means that we have to actually be interacting and engaging non Christians and not living in a bubble somewhere. Living in a Christian bubble is like placing the light God has given us under a basket.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14 – 16

The most memorial ultimate frisbee game took place a few weeks ago. The students wanted to play Ultimate Frisbee on a Friday, though were concerned if we were going to be able to play due to the bad weather forecast. Despite the fact that it had been raining off and on all day, and that you could see your breath, tons of people still showed up at the Intramural Field at UCLA expecting to play frisbee only to find that the IM field had closed due to the rain. Despite the bad weather and getting kicked off the field, more students kept showing up and were so adamant about playing that we made the decision to head off campus and play in a local park. We figured we would only play a quarter or two due to the lack of daylight, but it turned out that the park had stadium style lighting. We ended up playing all three quarters in the midst of the mud and the heavy rain, and the students had more fun this time playing ultimate Frisbee than they had ever had before. Afterward, everyone got cleaned up and headed back to Winston’s for a home cooked meal, fellowship, and games. It was past two by the time I got home. We have played ultimate Frisbee since then, and will continue to play as long as the students are passionate about it.