FHU Admissions Planning Annual Youth Rally, "RUSH"
An expected 1,300 middle and high school students will be taking over Freed-Hardeman University’s campus September 16-18 for the annual youth rally RUSH. RUSH, or Reach Unlimited Spiritual Heights, unites Christian young people from Michigan to Florida for a weekend of fun, fellowship and spiritual revival, organizers said.
This year’s RUSH theme, “The Highway,” is derived from Psalm 25: 4-5: “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me. For you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.”
RUSH’s goal this year is to help young people to recognize the journey they are on and where they should be looking for direction. Freed-Hardeman’s admissions team organizes the weekend and hopes that RUSH will be filled with variety and will confront issues important in the lives of young people.
Joe Askew, director of FHU Admissions and coordinator of RUSH, believes the ultimate goal for RUSH is reaching the youth. “The most important thing for admissions is to be relevant to the youth. With RUSH we want to understand what they need and how they communicate and how we can minister to them,” said Askew.
In coordination with the theme, the keynote speakers will address powerful instances in the final days of Christ’s life where he was on a road. These were roads Jesus traveled on in his journey to fulfill the will of God.
David Wright from the Meigs Avenue congregation in Jeffersonville, Ind., will speak Friday night about the road to Jerusalem. Alex Bayes from Rogersville Church of Christ in Rogersville, Ala., will speak Saturday morning about the road to Golgotha. Taft Ayers from Main Street Church of Christ in Milan, Tenn., will speak Saturday night about the road to Emmaus. Sunday morning Joe Askew will lead the assembly in commemoration of the road to the tomb with special emphasis on the communion.
Registration is $20 with meals not included and $30 with Saturday lunch and supper provided. Interested persons or youth groups can visit www.fhu.edu/rush to find out more details about housing.