“Jesus Awareness Week” Brings Christian Students Together
By Shafir Sidjaja
From February 17 to February 23rd, Rutgers RUnited hosted JAW, or “Jesus Awareness Week.”
The Christian students as well as the members of the various Christian fellowships who participated were praying for a long awaited revival at Rutgers.
While Rutgers is currently a secular, liberal University, with students of all faiths, it was founded as a Dutch missionary school by individuals who sought to bring religious tolerance, openness, and diversity to their colony of New Netherland in the 17th Century. Indeed, the official color change that Rutgers adopted about a hundred years ago (from the orange that was representative of Dutch heritage, to scarlet) was symbolic of the fundamental religious changes that Rutgers has undergone within the past century.
Many seem to have forgotten about this aspect of Rutgers history, and that is exactly why JAW was so important. It was a time in which Rutger's true past could be acknowledged; in which every student could could stand together as one body of Christ, with one vision, and with one mission(ary). I view JAW as a means to replicate the Rutgers motto: “Sun of righteousness, shine upon the West also.”
It was because of JAW that believers across campus were able to lift high the name of Jesus together; to engage in united prayer, fellowship, and outreach, and actively live out God's call to proclaim his divinity.
I hope to see you at #JAW2019 !