Have You Sent a College Student a Care Package Lately?

Kara Powell

This past weekend, my seven year-old and I made a double batch of brownies.  Brownies are somewhat of a family specialty for us (it’s all about the butter and the extra chocolate chips).  None of these brownies went to the five Powells.  One batch went to one of our church’s youth ministry summer interns who’s now a college freshman, and the other went to one of our family babysitters who’s now a college junior.  The kids made cards for these two young women who are significant to our family (wishing them “Happy College” as you can see in the picture above).

Before our Sticky Faith research, I never would have done this.  I should have, but I didn’t.  But according to our findings, college students who have contact with their former youth leaders and adults from their home church tend to be students more likely to have Sticky Faith. 

So maybe brownies and homemade cards from seven year-olds make a difference.

Maybe brownies let young people know that we care.

That we haven’t forgotten. 

And neither has God.

Maybe you don’t have the time to send a care package.  Can you send a postcard?  Or even a text? 

What other ideas do you have for letting college students know that you care?


Published Sep 11, 2013
Kara Powell

Kara Powell, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. As a youth ministry veteran of over 20 years, she serves as an Advisor to Youth Specialties. Named by Christianity Today as one of "50 Women You Should Know", Kara is the author or co-author of a number of books including Sticky Faith, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum.

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